The curling team started the day in high spirits taking on an old pacific foe, Japan. Cheered on by a large boisterous NZ crowd of fans, the leas switched a number of times until the 7th end when the Kiwi’s lead 7-5. Team New Zealand took out the victory, with the Japanese team scratching the 8th end after the last stone of the match missed its marked.
The 2nd game of the day against Chine was also going the kiwis way as they lead at the half time mark. By the 7th however, it was all tied at 5 each. The kiwis had to hammer one in the house with two stones to play. The safe bet would have been to block the safe stone they had in the house however the young team wanted more and played a risky shot to place two in the house. The shot landed however there was space between the stones and China capitalised with a wonderful last stone to go one up and leave the kiwi with all the pressure. T
The kiwis took on the challenge but were a millimetre or two short and were very disappointed with their shot choice. The team now take a break before the mixed doubles tournament.
Ice Hockey Skills
Ollie Curtis had an action packed day at the Ice Hockey Skills Challenge. The events consisted of agility also known as butterfly, speed of the puck, passing precision and puck control. Ollie performed well in the agility qualifying for semi finals and gave solid efforts for the other challenges. Narrowly missing the top 8 qualification, it was an impressive effort by Curtis.
The other athletes have spent the day checking out the learn and share activities at the village and are looking forward to cooking classes tomorrow!Lillehammer 2016 Olympic Winter Youth Games Oliver Curtis Elizabeth Reid Ice Hockey