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Curling. Time to gather stones

The curling tournament of the Deaflympics went to its final stage. Today the semifinals in men’sand women’s competitions will be played.


The main surprise of the tournament was the participation of men’s team of Russia in semifinal games. Russian team was not a success in the beginning of the tournament losing 4 games out of 5. Then the coaches decided to change the skip and after doing this Russia won the games against Hungary, USA and Ukraine. Thus Russia and Japan had an equal number of points and the semifinalist was defined in a tie-break.

In semifinals Russia will be playing against China. The team of China is the only one that won all games of round robin. The coaches of China say that their team is determined to win gold.

Other pair of semifinalists is Switzerland and Canada. In their game of the round robin stage Canada defeated Switzerland with the score 12:2. Still the performance of Switzerland was improving with every game and finished on the 3rd place. Canada lost only two games of round robin played against Russia and China.

In women’s tournament Russia will play against Croatia and China will have a game with Canada.

The performance of women’s team of Russia was for successful than the results of men’s team. In round robin Russia lost only 2 games played against Canada and Croatia. The game with Croatia ended with the score 7:6 for Croatia.

In other semifinal game Canada will play against China. It is difficult to predict, who will be stronger today. Canadaistheleaderofthetournament. Still in the game of there two teams in round robin China defeated Canada. The only team defeating China in round robin was team of Russia.

The semifinals will begin at 2:00 p.m. Live broadcasting of the games can be watched on our web-page.


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