World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships off to thrilling start
The 2017 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships got underway on Saturday with defending champions Russia registering an opening win.
The first session was characterised by fast-paced action with score lines changing hands on multiple occasions and teams winning their games with the very last stone thrown.
Finland were first off the ice with an 11-0, six-end win over Croatia while Belarus beat Hungary 8-7.
There were also wins for Brazil, who beat Estonia 8-7, while Latvia beat Japan 8-4 and the Czech Republic got past Germany 7-5.
The next session then saw Russia pair Anastasia Bryzgalova and Aleksandr Krushelnitckii post a 9-4 victory over Spain while host nation Canada also won 10-4 against Turkey.
Slovenia beat New Zealand 10-4 while there were also wins for Switzerland, who beat Slovakia 9-5, and England who won 8-5 against France.
Bryzgalova said: "In the first ends is was a bit hard, we needed to get used to the ice, and after that it was better.
"We are glad that we have our staff here in the stands, these are the guys who have been working with us for the past two seasons. We are happy to have them here cheering us on."