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I didn't put this on the Torino board because the countries for the OGs have already been decided. :P

The 2005 Pacific Curling Championships (the Worlds qualifier for Asia and Oceania) held this year in Taipei have concluded. At stake were two top spots to qualify for the 2006 Women's World Curling Championships to be held in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada as well as the top two men's spots to qualify for the 2006 Men's World Curling Championships to be held in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA.

Chinese Taipei seemed to have outsourced the training of their teams, with the men at the Richmond, BC, Canada club and the women at the Madison, Wisconsin, USA club.

Men's Round Robin Results:

1. Team Sean Becker - New Zealand (4 - 1)

2. Team Xiao Ming Xu - China (4 - 1, loss to New Zealand)

3. Team Hugh Millikin - Australia (3 - 2)

4. Team Yoshiyuki Ohmiya - Japan (2 - 3)

5. Team Jong Chul Baek - Korea (1 - 4)

6. Team Nicholas Hsu - Chinese Taipei (1 - 4, loss to Korea)

Men's Semifinal Results (1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3, best of 3 matches)

4.Japan def. 1.New Zealand, 2 - 1.

3.Australia def. 2.China, 2 - 1.

Men's 5th Place Match:

Chinese Taipei def. Korea 11 to 2 in 9 ends.

Men's Bronze Medal Match:

New Zealand def. China 8 to 3 in 9 ends.

Men's Final:

Australia def. Japan 6 to 3 in 9 ends.

Men's Final Standings (Only Gold and Silver go to Worlds)

Gold - Australia

Silver - Japan

Bronze - New Zealand

4th - China

5th - Chinese Taipei

6th - Korea

I can't believe that New Zealand didn't even qualify for world's this year.  :o

Women's Round Robin Results:

1. Team Bingyu Wang - China (4 - 1)

2. Team Yukako Tsuchiya - Japan (4 - 1, loss to China)

3. Team Bridget Becker - New Zealand (3 - 2)

4. Team Ji Suk Kim - Korea (2 - 3)

5. Team Helen Wright - Australia (1 - 4)

6. Team Li-Lin Cheng - Chinese Taipei (1 - 4, loss to Australia)

Women's Seminfal Results: (best of 3 matches)

1.China def. 4.Korea 2 - 1.

2.Japan def. 3.New Zealand 2 - 0.

Women's 5th Place Match:

Chinese Taipei def. Australia 10 to 9 in 10 ends.

Women's Bronze Medal Match:

Korea def. New Zealand 10 to 6 in 10 ends.

Women's Final:

Japan def. China 10 to 5 in 10 ends.

Women's Final Standings (Gold and Silver to Worlds)

Gold - Japan

Silver - China

Bronze - Korea

4th. New Zealand

5th. Chinese Taipei

6th. Australia

The next, and last, qualifier is the European Championships that will be held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Germany starting on Friday the 9th. The top 7 of the 10 teams competing in the A Tournameant will qualify for worlds as well as the the winner of the match between the 8th place finishing A Tournament team and the 1st place finishing B Tournament team.

A side note, 9th and 10th in the A Tournament are relegated to the B Tournament the following year, with 1st and 2nd in the B advancing to A.

Canada and the US automatically qualify for both men's and women's worlds.

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The final WCC qualifying teams have been decided with the end of round robin and challenge match play at the European Curling Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The final and bronze final for both men and women will be held tomorrow/Saturday:

MEN:

Final: Norway vs. Sweden

Bronze Final: Scotland vs. Switzerland

Round Robin Final Standings:

1. Scotland 8-1

2. Sweden 8-1

3. Switzerland 6-3

4. Norway 5-4

5. Germany 5-4

6. Denmark 4-5

7. Ireland 4-5

8. Finland 3-6

9. Italy 1-8

10. Russia 1-8

The top 7 automatically qualify for the WCC plus Finland, who beat the B Tournament winner, France, in the WCC challenge match.

Italy and Russia are relegated to the B Tournament in next year's European Championships, while France and the 2nd place finisher of the B Tournament, Wales, advance to the A Tournament next year. France and Wales beat England and the Czech Republic in the B semifinals respectively.

The final lineup for the 2006 Men's WCC in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA:

North America (2 teams):

Canada

USA

Asia Oceania (2 teams):

Australia

Japan

Europe (8 teams):

Denmark

Finland

Germany

Ireland

Norway

Scotland

Sweden

Switzerland

WOMEN:

Final: Switzerland vs. Sweden

Bronze Final: Norway vs. Denmark

Round Robin Final Standings:

1. Sweden 9-0

2. Switzerland 8-1

3. Norway 7-2

4. Denmark 5-4

5. Scotland 5-4

6. Italy 5-4

7. Netherlands 3-6

8. Russia 2-7

9. Austria 1-8

10. Finland 0-9

The top 7 automatically qualify for the WCC plus Germany, the B Tournament champion, who beat Russia in the WCC challenge match.

Austria and Finland are relegated to the B Tournament in next year's European Championships, while Germany and the 2nd place finisher of the B Tournament, the Czech Republic, advance to the A Tournament next year. Germany and the Czech Republic beat Latvia and England in the B semifinals respectively.

Final lineup for the 2006 Women's WCC in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada:

North America (2 teams):

Canada

USA

Asia Oceania (2 teams):

China

Japan

Europe (8 teams):

Denmark

Germany

Italy

Netherlands

Norway

Scotland

Sweden

Switzerland

Happy Curling!  :D

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Another curling note, the annual World Freytag Award given out by the World Curling Federation to a person, whether athlete, coach, or icebuilder, who has made advancements to the sport of curling will be Kunio Nando of Japan. After the award's beginning in 1978, the award has only been won by North Americans and Europeans, and Nando will be the first Asian to win the award.

Nando was president of the Japanese Curling Association for most of the 90's until 2000 and was instrumental in adding curling as a discipline to the Nagano games as it was originally planned to be added/re-added at the Salt Lake games and Nagano nor any other of the bidding cities for the 1998 WOG were required to include it in their bid.

Some say re-added because curling was once a medalling discipline at the first WOG in Chamonix 1924, but some say it was new in 1998 because in Chamonix standard team sizes were much larger.

So technically the SPORT was re-added, but the EVENT, being a 4 member team, was new.  :o

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