Meet the Junior Men Skips - Q&A

Junior Men

Interviews by Albin Barchéus, Ludwig Gran & Sarah Pengel

Xiuyue Ma - CHINA

How does it feel to be here in Östersund?
Östersund is very pretty and very beautiful.

After the games you’ve played, how does the ice feel?
Very good ice, it’s really fast.

What do you think about the curl?
There's good curl.

What does your team do when you’re not playing?
Usually we go back to the hotel to eat and sleep.

Does your team have a ”team song” that you are listening to before the games?
No we don’t.

Brendan Bottcher - CANADA

How does it feel to be here in Östersund?
I’ve been curling my whole life for a chance at the world championships so it feels great being here.

After two games, how does the ice feel?
The ice is great, it’s actually quite like the ice in Canada, I know it’s a Canadian icemaker and the ice feels fantastic.

What do you think about the curl?
The curl is good, our national also had five or six feet of curl so it’s quite similar so it’s very nice for us.

Are there any teams in particular that you feel threatened by?
I don’t know if there’s anyone that we feel threatened by but all of the other teams here are great. Any of the teams can play well and beat you if you have just a few bad ends.

What does your team do when you’re not playing?
Well, we’ve been around the hotel a lot just relaxing. We’re all univeristy students so alot of us have been doing some homework in between games also.

Does your team have a ”team song” that you listen to before the game?
No we don’t. Not alot of us are into music before the games but in the past we’ve listened to Eye of the Tiger. It’s a good pump-up song.

Dominik Märki - SWITZERLAND

How does it feel to be here in Östersund?
It’s a really nice nice city but we are here to play curling.

After two games, how does the ice feel?
The ice curls a lot and it’s the same as in Switzerland so it’s good ice.

Are there any teams in particular that you feel threatened by?
I think all of the teams are as good as each other.

What does your team do when you’re not playing?
We sleep, eat and watch the girl’s games.

Does your team have a ”team song” that you listen to before the games? If not, what song would it be?
No we don’t. I have no idea what song it would be.

Kyle Smith - SCOTLAND

How does it feel to be here in Östersund?
It’s fantastic, and to represent our country is really good.

After two games, how does the ice feel? Is it curling alot?
Yes, the ice men are doing a very good job and it’s curling nice. It’s good sweeping ice so they’re doing a good job.

What about the other teams? Is the competition going to be hard?
Yes, definetely. It’s alot of very good (?)

Any teams in particular that you feel threatened by?
Ugh, not really. I mean, they’re all pretty good so we’ve just got to try to play our best and see what happens.

What does your team do when you’re not playing?
Just usually try to relax a bit, maybe watch some films or play FIFA, something like that.

Does your team have a ”team song” that you listen to before the games?
No we don’t, no.

Well do you have a song that you think is good?
Snoop Dogg- Young, wild and free, that’s a good song.

Stephen Dropkin - USA

How does it feel to be here in Östersund?
It feels amazing, it’s a dream come true.

After two games, how does the ice feel?
The ice is really nice. It’s quick and it curls a lot, it actually curls more than any of the other ice rinks I’ve ever played on so I’m very happy with it.

Is there any team in particular that you feel threatened by?
I don’t think threatened is the right word, I mean, I think there are alot of great teams.

I don’t think one team in particular who’s top, I think it’s a toss up.

What does your team do when you’re not playing?
We just have a lot of fun.

Does your team have a ”team song” that you listen to before the games?
Each player has there own little mix of songs, but myself, I always listen to Loose Yourself by Eminem.

Rasmus Wranå - SWEDEN

How does it feel to be here in Östersund?
It feels very good, it’s a very cozy small town where you find your way around and it’s nice. After the first game, how does the ice feel?
The ice is perfect, curls 5 foot, 3.90 on the watch, excellent! What do you think about the other teams?
Well, I think there is a high standard amongst the other teams. What does your team do when you’re not playing?
Just killing time, playing football in the arena next door. Does your team have a ”team song”? If not, what song would you choose?
No, i don’t think so. In that case I would probably choose Levels by Avicii.

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