Curling’s first Olympic qualifying season continues as the Peter de Cruz quartet clinched a spot in Beijing 2022.
De Cruz scored a four-game sweep against rival Yannick Schwaller in the qualifiers for Switzerland’s Olympic Trials held in Biel.
After de Cruz won another bronze medal at the 2021 world championships in Calgary – his fourth since 2014 – it was assumed his team had done enough to justify selection in Beijing. But the Swiss Curling Association decided otherwise and declared a best-of-seven match between the teams.
The series promised spice. Cruz’s team are the relative veterans, the Schwaller team represents the youth. The Swiss-French speakers in Geneva against the Swiss-German speakers in Bern.
In the end, de Cruz won all four matches by scores of 5-4, 9-2, 8-6 and 8-7 in Friday morning’s final. In the last end, de Cruz trailed 7-6 and the fourth pitcher Benoît Schwarz had to face a delicate kick back on a partially buried Schwaller’s stone. Schwarz managed to score two points and de Cruz called victory.
De Cruz, Schwarz, Sven Michel and Valentin Tanner travel to Beijing after winning Olympic bronze at PyeongChang in 2018. They will be joined by the reigning two-time world champions led by Silvana Tirinzoni and the 2018 Olympic silver medalists in doubles. mixed. , Jenny Perret and Martin Rios. The Swiss Olympic Committee should formalize it in the coming days.
It was the second playoff series of the calendar year between de Cruz and Schwaller. In February, de Cruz beat Schwaller four-to-one in a best-of-seven series for the right to play at the 2021 World Championships.