A 1 minute power cut halfway through the first end of the first round of games was the only hiccup in a great day's curling to open the Games' Mixed Doubles tournament

Posted by New Zealand Curling on Monday, 24 August 2015

Czech Republic's Ondrej Mihola and Jana Jelinkova
Ondrej Mihola and Jana Jelinkova (CZE)

24 Aug 2015 – Japan, Canada 2 and New Zealand 2 were the unbeaten teams after the first day of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ Mixed Doubles Curling Tournament in Naseby, New Zealand.

It was the young New Zealand 1 side of Eleanor Adviento and Brett Sargon, playing in their first international Mixed Doubles event, who were first on the scoreboard for the host nation.

2015 WGNZ teams

23 Aug 2015 – Two local New Zealand teams will take on ten teams from Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, Korea, Japan and USA in the Mixed Doubles Curling tournament at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ.

Seven of the visting sides field athletes who competed at April's World Championships in Sochi, Russia.

Audi quattro Winter Games NZ Curling came to Queenstown for the first time on Saturday, with a social Pro-Am event to kick the tournament off. Local enthusiasts teamed up with the international Mixed Doubles sides for a quick, fun event. It was Team Red Bull - with a little help from Team Japan - who took the honours in the final from Team Mons Royale / Team Canada.

Posted by New Zealand Curling on Saturday, 22 August 2015

Bridget Becker 2013
Bridget Becker at the Audi quattro
Winter Games NZ 2013. Photo: NZCA

29 Jul 2015 – New Zealand Curling has confirmed the two national pairings to compete in the elite Mixed Doubles competition at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015.

Bridget Becker, who has played in the three previous games, will partner her brother Scott in one team. The other New Zealand side is the Auckland pair of Eleanor Adviento and Brett Sargon.

Teams from Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, China, Finland, Japan, Korea and USA are all confirmed for the Games. The recent inclusion of the Mixed Doubles discipline to the curling events for the 2018 Winter Olympics has heightened international interest in the tournament.

Team USA at 2015 WMDCC
USA's Korey Dropkin and Sarah Anderson at the 2015 World Championship. Photo: WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

23 Jun 2015 – World-class Canadian and American Mixed Doubles curling teams will compete for the first time at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015, raising the elite competition at Naseby's Maniototo Curling international rink to a new level and creating even more focus for the event, following its inclusion in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea.

The recent decision by the International Olympic Committee to debut Curling Mixed Doubles at the PyeongChang Olympics is a game-changer for the sport and the New Zealand Curling Association and Winter Games NZ are excited at the announcement which comes on the eve of the Games.

2013 Mixed Doubles

5 Mar 2015 – Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015 will feature a packed 10-day programme of world class sporting action this August, including two 'super weekends' with either a FIS Freestyle Skiing or Snowboard World Cup at Cardrona Alpine Resort near Wanaka every Saturday and Sunday.

The Games begin with a gala opening ceremony in Queenstown on Friday 21st August. The FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup Halfpipe finals the following day should see New Zealand's Janina Kuzma, currently ranked world number one woman in freeski halfpipe, and Wanaka's four Wells brothers Jossi (fourth at last year's Sochi Winter Olympics), Byron, Beau-James and Jackson competing for glory.

Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2013
 

8 Aug 2014 – Audi quattro Winter Games NZ today welcomed the announcement of Government support for the event until 2017, securing the world class winter sports competition for New Zealand and international athletes in the lead up to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Internationally regarded as one of the world’s top five snow sports events, Audi quattro Winter Games NZ attracts the world’s elite winter sports athletes including multiple Olympic medalists, Paralympic medalists and world champions in free skiing, snowboarding, alpine skiing and curling.

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