#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In Dudinka, on the Taimyr ice arena, the ceremonial closing of the International mixed pairs curling tournament Arctic Curling Cup 2021 took place. This year ten teams from six countries fought for the Arctic Cup: Russia, Hungary, Switzerland, Estonia, Sweden, Italy.
According to the results of the final games, the winner was the Swiss duo Briard Hürliman and Yannick Schwaller. They beat Russians Anna Samoilik and Mikhail Vaskov with a score of 9:2.
Russian team of Anna Samoilik and Mikhail Vaskov won silver. Bronze also went to the team from Russia consisting of Alina Kovaleva and Sergey Glukhov.
“Our rivals were strong, they did not forgive mistakes. Each tournament is an experience in our bank. We will definitely work on the gaps and show a different result next year. Thank you for the support of the audience and our colleagues, which we felt throughout all the games”, Mikhail Vaskov shared with reporters.
The athletes highly appreciated the level of the tournament organization and spoke about their plans.
“The ice for the competition was the highest level. The opening and closing of the tournament was bright and the people here are great. During these days, we felt the North, by the way, the polar day gives a special charm to Taimyr. In the near future, many hours of training await us, and then the European and World Tournament, and then participation in the Olympics, where we need to give our best one hundred percent”, said Sergey Glukhov.
The closing ceremony of the tournament turned out to be no less bright and colorful than the opening one. Children’s dance groups and the national group Heiro demonstrated their talents, lit the audience.
The presentation of medals and the Cup of winners of the Arctic Curling Cup 2021 took place.
Dmitry Sviridov, chairman of the Legislative Assembly of the Krasnoyarsk region, congratulated the tournament participants.
“This tournament demonstrates the work of the government in the development of physical culture and sports. Thanks to Nornickel, which has been supporting the Arctic Curling Cup for several years. I am sure that in our northern land the guests were able to experience Russian hospitality. We say goodbye and look forward to seeing you next year!”, noted Sviridov.
The tournament organized by the Russian Curling Federation with the support of the Russian Ministry of Sports and Nornickel.
“We are glad to welcome you to the northernmost region of the country, where warm people live. Of course, all the teams showed their high skill. We are waiting for you next year at our northern tournament!”, Anastasia Perfilieva, deputy director of the Nornickel Polar Division for Human Resources and Social Policy, said.
Let us remind you that the grand opening of the Arctic Curling Cup took place on May 28. A special guest was the singer Manizha, a participant of the recent Eurovision Song Contest.
Arctic Cup 2021 has become a real sporting event, within the framework of which everyone could get acquainted with the culture of the indigenous peoples of Taimyr.
Text: Ekaterina Elkanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko