A huge battle is shaping up for positions in the men’s curling semi-finals with one day of the round robin to play. Australia, Japan and Korea are the leading teams sitting on five wins and one loss each, followed by China and USA with three wins and three losses a-piece. Canada, Czech Republic and New Zealand are out of contention, even if they win their games in the final round. The women still have two more games to play in their double round robin.

Australian skip Hugh Millikin (61), the oldest curler at the Winter Games, has played a key role in Australia's top position at the championships.

Millikin, a relationship councillor from Sydney, started curling in his native Canada 40 years ago and used his experience to help Australia win five of its six games to clinch a semifinal spot at Naseby.

Read the full Otago Daily Times article here.

Click link to see 3News video clipWhile it has been a tough sporting week for Australia, the country’s curlers were hoping to score some sporting redemption in Naseby.

After a week of slip-ups, the Aussies were aiming for a smooth finish on the ice at the Winter Games in Central Otago.

See the full article and video clip on 3news.co.nz

It was an exciting first day at the curling event with some strong play, impressive scores and close games. The women opened the first round of competition with New Zealand putting in a strong performance against Japan. There wasn’t much between them during the first half of the game, but Japan pulled away in the second, eventually winning 9-3. Korea beat Australia convincingly with a final score of 14-1.

NZ skip Dan Mustapic introduces Winter Games curling to the wider TV audience, recorded on Sunday 23 August during the first round of the Women's competition.

Courtesy of snowtv.co.nz

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