China grabbed double gold at the recent Pacific Curling Championships in Beijing, and were quite impressive in the process. Also grabbing spots in next spring’s 2008 World Championships were Japan’s women and Australia’s men, the latter seen here visiting the Great Wall.
The hand gesture is “an Aussie thing,” according to last-rocker Ian Palangio (at centre, with what seems to be a Movember moustache), meaning “it’s all good”... but Palangio had refused to tell The Curling News the meaning of the gesture until after his team had qualified for Grand Forks – superstition, of course, given that the photo was taken early in the PCC competition!
A report on the PCC is located here, and it sounds like things got quite scary between the Aussies and the Kiwis, in their best-of-three semi-final series.
“Indeed,” confirmed Palangio. “The series against New Zealand was extremely competitive. They have a strong young lineup that will continue to get better in the coming years.
“We’re still pinching ourselves that we won in such dramatic fashion. Watching the last stone of the 11th end in the second semi, we were mentally moving on to get ready to play a third semi-final. Unfortunately Sean Becker’s last shot over curled a little and hit the guard to give us the win.”
FOX Australia even ran a story on the boys’ Beijing efforts... not bad, lads.