Norway perfectly poised in mixed doubles at Curling World Cup Grand Final
Magnus Nedregotten believes he and partner Kristin Skaslien enjoying themselves once again has made all the difference after they recorded two further victories at the Curling World Cup Grand Final to top their mixed doubles group at the halfway stage.
The Norwegians cruised past Russia's Maria Komarova and Daniil Goriachev 10-3 before returning to the ice and edging past Switzerland 2 7-6 to sit atop Group B on nine points after three games.
The Swiss pair had beaten Canada 2 10-4 to move second in the table on four points, while the Canadian duo are now third after scoring one in each of the last three ends to snatch a 6-5 victory over Russia.
"We felt awake out there," said Nedregotten after the second win. "We are handling the conditions very well and doing the regular things with our communications.
"It's hard to tell you exactly what is making us perform like this. We really enjoy ourselves.
"We did not have the best World Mixed Doubles Championship, with not much going our way, but here, we have loosened up a little bit and focusing on having fun. We want to show what we can do."
The United States also have a perfect nine points from nine in Group A following contrasting wins in Beijing.
Sarah Anderson and Korey Dropkin firstly battled past Laura Walker and Kirk Muyres of Canada to triumph 8-7 before they thrashed hosts China (Cao Chang and Yuan Mingjie) 13-4.
Cao and Yuan had beaten winless Swiss pair Michele Jaeggi and Sven Michel – the 2018 world champions – 9-7 before that defeat to USA, while Walker and Muyres bounced back with 6-5 victory over the Swiss following a shootout to go second in Group A on five points.
In the men's competition, Scotland's Team Paterson made it two victories from two with a 6-2 triumph over Switzerland's Team Schwaller, as Kevin Koe drew for one in the final end in Group B's other game to help Canada 2 down Norway 5-4.
Meanwhile, Group A saw wins for USA, as they hammered China 7-3, and Sweden – who had skip Niklas Edin to thank for taking two in the last end and edging to a 5-4 victory over Canada 1.