From Tom Fitz Gerald of Seattle’s Granite Curling Club:
Team USA’s Brady Clark and Cristin Clark (both of Lynnwood, Wash.) picked up two more wins today to better their record to 3-0 at the 2012 World Mixed Doubles Championship at the Milli Piyango Curling Hall in Erzurum, Turkey.
Team USA earned a 7-4 win over Germany’s team of Manual Walter and Ann Kathrin Bastian earlier today and held off Japan in the evening session to keep their record unblemished.
“I love curling with Brady and we’re best friends too. We communicate well and we get each other’s thinking … and I think it does help us,” Cristin Clark said.
In the morning game against Germany, the game was tied 3-3 at the fourth-end break but the Americans broke away in the fifth end with a deuce followed by a steal of two points to keep the Germans at bay.
“Communication is huge, and we know what to expect from each other and it makes it a lot of fun,” said Brady Clark, who works as a senior business analyst with Liberty Mutual.
Against Japan’s team of Kenji Tomabechi and Michiko Tomabechi, Team USA took control in the first end with a single steal. After limiting the Japanese team to a single in the second, the Americans scored four points in the third end and never looked back en route to a 9-5 victory.
“I like playing regular mixed curling too, but I love mixed doubles. It’s a different style of curling – you get right into the action, right away. There are no sweepers. You have to throw your shots naturally without relying on any sweepers and their correction factor,” said Cristin Clark, who along with Brady Clark has won nine U.S. mixed titles and three mixed doubles titles.
The two wins today helps the Americans keep pace with the Swiss team, which is also undefeated with a 4-0 record in the Blue Group.
Twenty-seven teams of two are competing in the six-day world championship. Team USA returns to the ice on Thursday with two games on the schedule – England (2-2) at 11:15 a.m. and Estonia (2-1) at 5:45 p.m.