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Top China curler Wang ready for the World at Vancouver bonspiel

01-12-2012 15:16 BJT

VANCOUVER, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Fresh off of successfully extending Team Harbin's gold medal reign at the 12th National Winter Games in Jilin, Wang Bingyu, China's top curler, is in Canada this week where she will compete for Team World at the 8th edition of the Continental Cup.

Preparing for the Ryder Cup-style format that pits Team World versus Team North America, a jetlagged Wang was back on the ice in the Vancouver suburb city Wednesday with her teammates Zhou Yan, Liu Jinli and Yue Qingshuang.

The team arrived in the Canadian city Tuesday after an intense National Winter Games where Team Harbin overcame three shaky starts in the early matches, before defeating surprise finalists Urumqi 9-7 in Changchun.

"Yeah, we're fine. We still work hard and still practice a lot and for this curling season, we got so many competitions so we can practice and learn more from the competitions," said the 27-year-old Wang, the 2009 world champion.

"This week we hope we can have a lot of fun in the Continental Cup. This is our third time for the Continental Cup, it's not new but it's still exciting," she said.

With new member Liu Jinli coming in to replace veteran Liu Yin, Wang said the current team feels "very new," but adds there's a lot work ahead to get back to the level of the 2009 World Curling Championship squad.

"We need to improve our teamwork and we still need to work hard. There's so many things," she said.

In Vancouver, where the six nation, 90,000 US dollars competition features both men and women curlers, competing in mixed doubles, team, skins and mixed skins events, the China rink will get an opportunity to face the best in the world.

Among those in the field is Sweden's Anette Norberg, who successfully defended her gold medal at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, rising Scottish star Eve Muirhead, silver medalist at the 2010 World Championship, and skip Amber Holland who led Canada to the silver at last year's World Championship in Denmark.


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