Bruce Mouat and Gina Aitken Win Bern Mixed Doubles
Gina Aitken and Bruce Mouat have taken extra satisfaction from winning the hard way after claiming the Berne Mixed Doubles Championship.
The victory was a huge confidence boost for the Scottish champions, who are bidding to represent Great Britain at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang when Mixed Doubles is introduced for the first time in 2018.
“It’s been a long weekend,” said Aitken who turned 24 just ahead of this event, which was played using curling’s triple knockout qualifying format.
“After we lost the A final we had to play four games yesterday, all of which were quite close. We came up against some big teams and that puts you in a strong mindset that can get you through.”
Mouat reinforced that message.
“It was a high calibre field,” he said.
"We played the Russian world champions in the quarter-finals, so we had to play at our best.”
By the time they reached the final against Swiss pair Tamara and Sven Michel, they were consequently in unstoppable form and ran out 9-2 winners after just five of the scheduled eight ends.
“We played a really good first end in the final,” said Mouat.
“Gina had to draw into the 12 foot for a four and then we stole a two in the second and at 6-0 up we controlled it from there.”
For results from the Mixed Doubles Championship please click here