Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Per Christensen back as Denmark's Coach as Norway take season opener

Per Christensen back as Danish National Coach

The 4th Annual Danske Internationale Kørestole Curling Cup 2010 was held this past weekend at the Taarnby Curling Club. Teams from host Denmark, Finland, Czech Republic, Germany, Russia and two teams from Norway competed.

German Paralympic team skip Jens Jager is no longer part of the German national team, but brought a new team, the "Mainhattan Ice-Wheelers" made up of players from Frankfurt and Schwenningen. Norway split their Paralympic squad with Rune Lorentsen and Geir Arne Skogstad skipping.

Rune's Norway 1 went unbeaten to win the tournament, with Denmark 2nd and Finland 3rd.

Full results and line scores are HERE.

Per Christensen, a Dane who took over from Thoralf Hognestad as coach of Norway for the Paralympics before handing the team back to Thoralf after Vancouver, is back as coach of the Danish national side.

"After a long down period for the Danish team, it seems that they are on their way up," Per told me. Denmark had failed to qualify for the Worlds in 2008 and 2009.

"I think that it has been an advantage for them to have the break," he added. "We used the tournament as practice for the World Champoinship Qualification Tournament in Lohja Finland, November 6-12."

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