Just at its third participation in the European Curling Championship, League C, the Romanian team won the silver medal, according to ecc2013.curlingevents.com.
Stefan Bodea, Bogdan Taut , Bogdan Colceriu and Allen Coliban are four sportsmen who have succeeded in the last week, in Copenhagen, to overtake Ireland, Slovenia, Serbia , Belarus , Luxembourg and Iceland in the battle to qualify to League B, alongside Wales, the winner of the gold medal .
‘It is an incredible moment for us and for curling in Romania . We fulfilled a first dream on the road to having Romania represented at the Olympics in this sport and we have nothing else to do but just continue on this road. We are one of the youngest Romanian sports federations, but that does not prevent us to nourish great dreams’, said the President of the Romanian Curling Federation, Allen Coliban.
In the final Wales defeated Romania 8-6 to capture the men’s Gold medals, but Romania went on to defeat Serbia 9-5 to win silver and take the last men’s qualification spot in Stavanger. Serbia was awarded the bronze medals. After scoring 2 points in the first end, Romania remained in control throughout the game. A steal of 3 points in the 8th end was the biggest blow to their opponents. The teams shook hands after Serbia ran out of stones in the 10th end.
Men’s curling team of Romania is preparing now to go to Stavanger, Norway, at the end of November, where it will represent the country for the first time in League B, meeting countries with tradition in curling, such as Germany, England, Holland or Finland.
The Le Gruyere European Curling Championships 2013 will take place at the Sormarka Arena in Stavanger, Norway from 23-30 November. Ten men’s and ten women’s teams will compete in the championship A group event which leads to qualification for the World Curling Federation’s world championships. Sixteen men’s teams and ten women’s teams will compete in the B group.