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10th - 15th December 2013

OQE 2013: Tie-breaker update

Norway's Julie Kjær Molnar and her team will play the loser of the 1v2 game Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Norway women beat Germany while USA men defeated Korea in Saturday's tie-breaker games to keep their Olympic hopes alive at the World Curling Federation's Olympic Qualification Event in Fuessen, Germany.

The Norwegian women came from behind to seal their win with single steals in the eighth and tenth ends for a 5-4 win, while the USA men led from the start, scoring two in the first end on their way to a 7-5 win.

Norway now face the loser of the 1v2 game between China and Japan while the USA men will face a play-off against the loser of the men’s 1v2 game between Germany and the Czech Republic.

The winners of the 1v2 play-offs and then the winners of the play-offs between the losing 1v2 teams against the third placed teams will qualify for the last two remaining men’s and women’s places in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games curling competition line-up.

After her win, Norway's skip Marianne Roervik said: "I'm very, very happy. They played really well and it was a really tight game that came down to the last rock." Looking forward to her last challenge she said: "We know the job's not done yet but we're going out with everything to win and nothing to lose."

Meanwhile, the USA men were also celebrating. Third player Jeff Isaacson said: "We started the week very shaky and just made mistake after mistake. As the week’s gone on we’ve got a lot better handle with the rocks and ice. We’ve been facing at least five elimination games that we’ve had to win and we’re responding pretty well to it."

RESULTS & STANDINGS

Tie-breakers

Women: Norway 5, Germany 4
Men: USA 7, Korea 5

Final Standings after Round-robin and Tie-breakers

Women:
1. China (to play 1v2 play-off against Japan)
2. Japan (to play 1v2 play-off against China)
3. Norway (to play loser of 1v2 play-off)
4. Germany
5. Latvia
6. Czech Republic
7. Italy

Men:
1. Germany (to play 1v2 play-off against Czech Republic)
2. Czech Republic (to play 1v2 play-off against Germany)
3. USA (to play loser of 1v2 play-off)
4. Korea
5. New Zealand
6. Finland
7. France
8. Japan

Olympic Qualification Event Qualification for Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

Women:
Winner of the Women’s 1v2 play-off
Winner of 1v2 play-off loser v Norway

Men:
Winner of Men’s 1v2 play-off
Winner of 1v2 play-off loser v USA

SCHEDULE

Saturday, December 13, 2013
(all times CET)

Men’s 1v2 Play-off: Germany v Czech Republic 20:00

Extensive televised coverage of the Olympic Qualification 2013 from Fuessen can be seen by viewers in Japan on NHK’s channel and digital media platforms. All Chinese games will be televised by China’s CCTV sport. Live coverage will also be available via the internet on the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel World Curling TV. www.youtube.com/user/WorldCurlingTV

Event website: www.sochi2014.curlingevents.com/oqe for further information, schedules of play, full team line ups and results and more information about the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Event Facebook: www.facebook.com/worldcurlingfederation
Twitter Hashtags: #oqe2013 #curling

NOTE: The eight men's and women's nations already qualified for Sochi 2014 are (in ranking order): www.sochi2014.curlingevents.com/olympics/olympic-qualification

Men: Canada, Sweden, Great Britain (Scotland's world championship points are used for qualification purposes), Norway, Denmark, China, Switzerland, and Russia (as host).

Women: Sweden, Switzerland, Great Britain (Scotland's world championship points are used for qualification purposes), Canada, USA, Denmark, Korea and Russia (as host).

Member Associations qualifying teams for the World Curling Federation Men’s and Women’s World Curling Championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016 will be eligible to take part in the WCF Olympic Qualification Event in 2017.

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