2021 Swiss Olympic Curling Trials

The 2021 Swiss Olympic Curling Trials were held from September 22 to 25 at the Curlinghalle AG Biel in Biel, Switzerland.[1][2] The winning Peter de Cruz team earned the right to represent Switzerland at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.[3] There was only a men's event, as the Silvana Tirinzoni rink had already been chosen to represent Switzerland in the women's event.

2021 Swiss Olympic Curling Trials
Host cityBiel, Switzerland
ArenaCurlinghalle AG Biel
DatesSeptember 22–25
WinnerCanton of Geneva Team de Cruz
Curling clubCC Genève, Geneva
SkipPeter de Cruz
FourthBenoît Schwarz
ThirdClaudio Pätz
LeadValentin Tanner
CoachHåvard Vad Petersson
FinalistCanton of Bern Yannick Schwaller
« 2017

The event was held in a best-of-seven series between the 2020 and 2021 Swiss champion rinks, Yannick Schwaller (Bern) and Peter de Cruz (Geneva) respectively. Coming into the event, both teams played in two events, the 2021 Baden Masters and the 2021 Euro Super Series, with Schwaller winning both events.[4] Schwaller also defeated de Cruz in the final of the Baden Masters. de Cruz was looking to return to the Olympics, as they won the bronze medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Switzerland secured an Olympic Spot in the men's event by finishing in third at the 2021 World Men's Curling Championship, courtesy of Team de Cruz.[5] Had they made it to the gold medal game, they would have automatically been named as the Olympic Team. All games were broadcast on Swiss Curling's YouTube Channel.[6]

SummaryEdit

Team de Cruz swept the event, winning all four games played to claim the title. The first game, held Wednesday, September 22 at 6:00 pm, was a back-and-forth game, with teams trading singles until the ninth where Schwaller scored two to take the 4–3 lead. de Cruz then took two in the tenth end to win 5–4. Games 2 and 3 were held Thursday, September 23 at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. de Cruz dominated Game 2, winning 9–2 in only six ends. Game 3 was a closer draw, with singles and deuces being traded throughout the game. de Cruz then took two in the extra end for the 8–6 win. Draw 4 was held Friday, September 24 at 10:00 am. Again, only singles and deuces were scored during the game, with Schwaller taking two once again in the ninth end to lead by one. de Cruz then, again, took two in the tenth to win 8–7 and claim the Olympic Berth.[7]

TeamsEdit

The teams are listed as follows:[7][8]

Skip Third Second Lead Alternate Locale
Benoît Schwarz (Fourth) Sven Michel Peter de Cruz (Skip) Valentin Tanner   Geneva
Yannick Schwaller Michael Brunner Romano Meier Marcel Käufeler Martin Rios   Bern

StandingsEdit

[7][9]

Best-of-seven
         
  Yannick Schwaller 4 2 6 7 X X X
  Peter de Cruz 5 9 8 8 X X X

ResultsEdit

All draw times are listed in Central European Summer Time (UTC+02:00).[10][11]

Draw 1Edit

Wednesday, September 22, 6:00 pm

Sheet 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
  Yannick Schwaller 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 4
  Peter de Cruz   1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 5

Draw 2Edit

Thursday, September 23, 10:00 am

Sheet 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
  Peter de Cruz 0 3 2 0 3 1 X X X X 9
  Yannick Schwaller   1 0 0 1 0 0 X X X X 2

Draw 3Edit

Thursday, September 23, 6:00 pm

Sheet 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
  Yannick Schwaller 0 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 6
  Peter de Cruz   1 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 8

Draw 4Edit

Friday, September 24, 10:00 am

Sheet 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
  Peter de Cruz   2 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 2 8
  Yannick Schwaller 0 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 7


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CONVOCATION, OLYMPIA-QUALIFIKATION 2021/22, HOMMES" (PDF). Swiss Curling Association. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  2. ^ "Nouvelles à propos du sport de performance". Swiss Curling Association (in French). Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  3. ^ "Yannik Schwaller's curling team wants to go to the Olympics with a secret weapon". Archytele. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  4. ^ "Schwaller wins Euro Super Series". CurlingZone. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  5. ^ Jeffrey Au (9 April 2021). "Switzerland qualify for final play-off spot and Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 berth". World Curling Federation. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  6. ^ "SWISSCURLING_ASSOCIATION". YouTube. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c "Results". Swiss Curling Association. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  8. ^ "Teams". CurlingZone. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  9. ^ "Standings". CurlingZone. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  10. ^ "Planification des matchs Olympia-Qualifikation 2021/22 - Hommes" (PDF). Swiss Curling Association. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  11. ^ "Linescores". CurlingZone. Retrieved September 23, 2021.

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