The Swiss teams from Geneva to Peter De Cruz and Aarau to skip Silvana Tirinzoni are among the medalists for the European Championship in Curling starting on Saturday in Tallinn.
If one had to predict the experience, tapping a safe medal for Geneva and the fact that Aarau women would travel back with an empty hand.
Silvana Tirinzoni, a 39-year-old from Zurich, has three world championships to ski, as has ever been the Olympic Games and the European Championships without getting into the first three. At last year's European championship in St. Louis, Gallen won the Preliminary Round with a 7: 2 win before losing both the semi-final and the outsider – the bronze game. The subsequent Pyeongchang winter games competition failed. With a 4: 5 win, the pre-round failed as the seventh.
Instead of Manuela Siegrista, this season will be joined by a player who knows how to win a medal. They even know how to get gold at the highest level: Alina Pätz. 28-year-old Urdorfer won the world title in 2015 in Sapporo as Skip Team Baden Regio. She is considered a technically superior wheel and above all as a nerve. CC Aarau plays as number 4, while Skip Tirinzoni takes third place.
For the first time in Estonia, the tournament will be strong, but not stronger than usual. For Sweden's Olympic Games Champion (Anna Hasselborg) and last year's European Champion from Sweden (Eve Muirhead), Switzerland is the third best format on paper. In the world ranking in Hasselborg, Tirinzoni is sixth in front of Muirhead (13). Experience shows, however, that World Tour results in World Tour tournaments do not mean much in terms of international titles.
De Cruz soon better than Jürg Tanner?
Unlike Silvana Tirinzoni, Peter De Cruz never returned without a medal of major events. The title is still missing, but three EMs and two World Cup medals and bronze from the Olympic Games mean a 100% return after six starts at major championships. With seventh medals Valentin Tanner, Peter De Cruz, Sven Michel and Benoît Schwarz broke the record team of Lausanne Riviera for Swiss Curling in the eighties. For the first time ever after the seventh start, Legendary Crew Skip Jürg Tanner remained without a medal.
Sweden with skip Niklas Edin is the most popular man in the men's competition. Karlstad won the last four European Championship tournaments in a row he scored. In April, he won his third world title in Las Vegas. The Swedes are Swiss and young, but the strong team contenders Scots (Bruce Mouat) and Norwegians (Steffen Walstad) are equally strong among themselves.
In the Zurich Winter Games, Claudio Pätz has retired from the Geneva team for professional reasons. De Cruz could occupy the vacant position in the same position, third, with the commitment of experienced Sven Michel. Adelbodner Skip has been the last European champion since Switzerland since 2013.