Winter Universiade Games set for Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Less than a week after the World Junior Curling Championships 2019 wrapped up in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada, many of the athletes who competed are set to return to the international stage.

This time, they won’t be just representing their Member Associations, but also their respective universities, at the Winter Univesiade Games, in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, from Saturday 2 March to Sunday 10 March.

This will be the first time the city, located in the north east of Russia, will host a major international multi-sport event. Krasnoyarsk will be home to 11 winter sporting throughout the competition. Curling is held in the Ivan Yaeygin Sports Palace.

Coming off a bronze medal finish at the World Juniors, Great Britain’s skip, Ross Whyte said: “This will be my first time representing Great Britain and I look forward to testing myself on the international stage. We have a great team heading out to Russia and we believe we are capable of a strong performance.”

On the women’s side, Great Britain’s Team Sophie Jackson, will also represent Scotland at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019 – in Silkeborg, Denmark (16-24 March) – directly after Krasnoyarsk. She said: “It will be great to be involved in a multi-sports event, also a first. We can’t wait to get underway and see what we can do.”

Joining Great Britain at the World Women’s are Korea’s Minji Kim, recent winners of the Curling World Cup leg three.

Kim commented on their unit’s first year as Team Korea, representing their Member Association at all of the world’s top curling events. She said: “There are so many teams at each event and that is not a common experience that one team can participate in such a variety of events like World Juniors, World’s, Universiades and the Curling World Cup Grand Final. As I always say, these will be big opportunities to shine bright as a team. We can learn and learn."

The competition will consist of a round robin, starting at 08:15 on Saturday (2 March) and finishing at 19:00 on Friday 8 March. This will be followed by a play-off phase beginning at 09:00 on Saturday 9 March.

The teams ranked first and second get a bye to the semi-finals while the teams ranked between third and sixth compete in play-off games (3v6 and 4v5). The winners of those games advance to the semi-finals which will be at 16:00 that Saturday (9 March) following the play-off games.

The winners of the semi-finals play in the gold medal game, while the losers of the semi-final play in the bronze medal game.

The men’s medal games will be at 09:00 on Sunday 10 March and the women’s medal games will follow at 14:00.

The ten women’s teams are Canada, China, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and Russia.

The ten men’s teams are Canada, China, Czech Republic, Norway, Korea, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Great Britain and United States.

All times are Krasnoyarsk time, seven hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time / Universal Coordinated Time.

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