Friday, April 24, 2009

Another MDs update: Hungary's first ever curling medal

How about that then! Hungary's Ildiko Szekeres and her husband Gyorgy Nagy came through a tiebreaker against Sweden and two playoff games against the Czech Republic and Finland, to get into the semifinal of the World Mixed Doubles in Cortina. I've been following the results online this evening, and I see that the Hungarian pairing has just beaten mighty Canada, Sean Grassie and Allison Nimik, to reach the final!

Hungary is guaranteed the silver medals at least, the first-ever curling honour for that country!

According to the WCF report of the game, which is online here, the Canadians could only shrug and marvel at the skill of the Hungarians. "They're a juggernaut," declared Nimik. "That was a game of anything you can do, I can do better. You can't feel badly about (losing) a game like that, when you play well yourself. By far, that's the best game I've had here. They could make the rocks do amazing things. We had a good battle, and they're definitely on a roll."

Ildi and Gyorgy now play Switzerland, Toni Mueller and Irene Schori, who are the defending champs, who got past the Chinese pair, Zhipeng Zhang and Sun Yue, in the other semi. The final game is tomorrow. Find the result of this game here, and a selection of reports from the event is on the WCF website here.

I've cheated a bit. My photo of Ildiko and Gyorgy is from last year in Vierumaki! There's a pic of Ildiko in action at Cortina this year here, and one of the celebrations here.