Language of Curling in Mixed Doubles Event
January 22, 2012
Martin SESAKER (NOR) has a simple communication strategy when he wants to tell partner Eunbi KIM (KOR) what weight to throw in Mixed Doubles Curling at the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games.
Unable to verbally communicate with the Korean, the Norwegian reaches across his body and touches his left wrist with his right hand for light weight. He touches his elbow for medium weight, his shoulder for harder weight and his forehead if he wants her to throw hard.
"The language of curling," joked SESAKER. "You work it out."
The Mixed Doubles competition pairs a boy and a girl from different nations in each team.
Anastasia MOSKALEVA (RUS) is teamed with Tsukasa HORIGOME (JPN) and in Saturday's first draw, they faced Rachel HANNEN (GBR) and Marek CERNOVSKY (CZE).
MOSKALEVA does not speak a work of Japanese, and HORIGOME'S Russian is non-existent.
"It was difficult at first to communicate but when we started playing we have fun," MOSKALEVA said. "We have the same goal and we want to win."
"We use sign language to communicate."
The Mixed Doubles is a great way for Curlers from different backgrounds and from opposite ends of the planet to interact and learn from each other.
SESAKER, for example, was surprised at how KIM swept stones.
"She sweeps against the stone and they should do it sideways. I think she has learned from that," he said.
Corryn BROWN (CAN) got her wish when she was paired with a German-speaking athlete, Martin REICHEL (AUT).
"I think we learn from each other because we have different views on the game," BROWN said. "I have learned to put more rocks in play than just guarding it. He would rather play the hit and roll than guarding it."
REICHEL said he has also picked up a few things.
"The girls are more tactical and she has taught me how to use the sheet more," he said.
BROWN loves the event, as she insists it has given her a new perspective on Curling.
"I think it is cool because you see a different side of the game, and it is a whole different game."
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