06 February 2014

Roaring Russian Rings: Part II

Yesterday it was the men's preview, today the women's. These will also be rearranged every three draws of play in the round robin portion of the tournament.

1. Switzerland
Mirjam Ott returns for her fourth Olympic Games. She is the most decorated curler to appear in these games and has the experience to get the job done.

2. Great Britain
As the defending world champions, 23 year-old Eve Muirhead's team has proven early that they are contenders and should remain high in the rankings for years to come.

3. Sweden
 Annette Norberg and her two time defending Olympic gold medal team may not be competing anymore, but the Swedes have big shoes to fill. This will be a true test to how they will perform in the future.

4. Russian Federation
The host country, just like Canada did in Vancouver four years ago, are expected to have a rowdy crowd. This will affect all the other matches in progress and their communication with teammates.

5. Canada
Jennifer Jones is back and arguably better than ever. This may be her first attempt to qualify for the Olympics , but she is no stranger to success with four Canadian national titles at the Scotties.

6. China
The big surprise in Vancouver, they have now made a small reputation for themselves, but have to show that they aren't a fluke.

7. Denmark
 Angelina Jensen's team barely missed a chance at playing in the medal round, but Lene Nielsen's rink will have a difficult first draw against Russia.

8. United States
Much like the men's team sent in 2010, the women did not have a very strong showing. But Erika Brown is looking to show America that she can still perform having won the US qualifier.

9. Japan
2014 marks the third appearance for Moe Meguro and her second straight as skip having lead in 2006 in Torino. Japan (believe it or not) has appeared in every tournament since its introduction in Nagano (1998) and the demonstration exercises at the 1992 Lillehammer Games.

10. Korea
This side is the only team to be new from 2010, replacing the Germans. It also marks their first ever Olympic participation in the sport.

Another day, another curling stone. It should be an entertaining tournament. For a complete listing of the draw schedule, visit this link for Wikipedia. Remember, Sochi is 9 hours ahead.

-Ricky
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