Russian National Women begin European Championship Quest

Our Russian Women’s Team (Coached by our Director Rodger Schmidt), coming off of 8 straight wins in last weekends Wetzikon WO International Tournament will begin play Saturday, November 22 1500 against Estonia. Watch for Mini Reports fueled by the Curling Academy as this event progresses.

The European Championship will run from November 22 – 29 in the mountain resort Village of Champery.

Bravo Sergio!!

We are pleased to be able to report that one of our training students Sergio Vilela has qualified to be a member of the Brazilian National Curling Team. Sergio lives in Switzerland and trains at our Curling Academy facility in Kussnacht am Rigi with both Jean Pierre and Rodger.

Next step for Sergio and the Team Brazil is to prepare for the World Challenge against the USA. Winner of this Americas Challenge will qualify for the 2015 World Championship. Brazil has challenged in the past with no success, but this will be the first time for Sergio.

The Curling Academy extends its cooperation with Russian Curling

We at the Curling Academy are very pleased that Rodger Schmidt, our Academy Director will be continuing working with the Russian Curling Federation. The Sochi Olympics built a strong relationship between our entities and we look forward to be able to continue to provide the highest quality service and assistance to the aspiring Russian Athletes in the Russian National Programs.

Our primary focus in these months is on the Women’s Program and the lead up to the European Championship in Champery at the end of November.

Next stop for the teams will be the International Wetzikon Tournament November 14 – 16, 2014.

Curling Academy Summer Program – June 18 to August 30, 2014

Our Summer Program will run from June 18 to August 30. Rodger Schmidt will be conducting Strategy and Mental Sessions with Individuals and Teams in off ice sessions, and both our Curling Academy Olympic Instructors, Rodger Schmidt and Jean Pierre Ruetsche will be available for on ice training sessions based on the Five Elements of Curling Technique. For bookings please call or mail to: rodger@curlingacademy.com / + 41 76 375 78 78.

Our 2014 Olympic Curling Season comes to a close

Olympic Seasons are always long and hard, this one (our Curling Academies 4th Olympic Games of Coaching and pre Olympic event organizing) was our biggest and best yet. Sochi was magnificent and in the lead up from August through to the games we ran an enormous amount of Russian Training programs and International Pre Olympic Competitions at our Academy Training center in Kussnacht am Rigi.

The Olympic preparations culminated excitingly with the Multi Nation Pre Olympic Trainings and test matches between January 31 and February 4 – after which the 4 participating teams travelled directly to Sochi to compete in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Participating teams were Russian Men (Drozdov), USA Men (Shuster), USA Women (Pottinger) and the Canadian Women (Jennifer Jones, Olympic Champions 2014).

Olympic Season Extra Competition September 27 – 29, 2013

In this Olympic Year there is a need for more High Level Competitions, especially since the Oslo Cup will not happen. Therefore, we are going to host a little 4 Nation competition in Kuessnacht, Switzerland SEPTEMBER 27(evening) – SEPTEMBER 29. We need minimum 6 teams, have 3 Nations and 4 teams now, so if your Team or Nation is interested please contact the Curling Academy asap. We will work out the detailed plan and sharing of costs once we have the teams set.

Also, be informed that the Curling Academy has ice from 24th of August on, and that between 24th August and 31st August we are accepting Teams and Individuals for training sessions and practice games with qualified Coaching and Trainers.

We have more “Five Elements of Curling Technique” Books for Sale now

We keep getting great reviews and comments on the Manual/Book we produced last year “The Five Elements of Curling Technique”. You can order this Manual directly from the Curling Academy.

One of our latest clients wrote the following:

Rodger

I flew from Toronto to Calgary to get a copy of your book. I love it.
2 questions. One, do you have some recommendations for drills to teach the skills and techniques?
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Curling Academy Olympic Season Begins

On June 10th 2013 the new curling season officially began for the Curling Academy. Director Rodger Schmidt traveled to Sochi to open the Russian Men’s Curling Training Season at the Russian Olympic Training Centre. This Camp – with 18 Athletes and 8 support staffers – will continue until June 26th and begins the final months of preparation for the 2014 Olympic Games in February.

2013 World Championship in Victoria – Russian Update

Our Curling Academy Director Rodger Schmidt is leading the Russian Men’s Curling Development Program at the 2013 World Curling Championship in Victoria Canada – March 28 to April 8. The Russians have been training since August 2012 at our Curling Academy in Kussnacht am Rigi and we are proud to have contributed to the Russian Men qualifying for this World Championship. It is the first time in history that a Russian Men’s Team has earned the right to play in a World Championship.

Playing against the top 12 Nations in the World has proved a monstrous task however for the Russian Men and it has taken 6 tries before we could earn a victory. Russian currently stands at 1 win and 5 losses following an early morning victory over Finland.

Clearly, it takes some time to adjust to an event like this – and this experience earned will be immeasurable to the future of the Russian Men Program as we continue to prepare for Sochi 2014.

In the first five experiences Russia did show that they are not so many miles away from being able to compete at this level. Perhaps only a kilometre or so! Game won was a loss to Switzerland – which the Swiss controlled very well following a Birthday Present 2 for Sven Michel (it really was his Birthday) in the fourth end. Game two vs Sweden was ruled by Russia and they missed a golden opportunity for an early competition victory being tied coming home with hammer.

Game three was a loss to Czech Republic – in a hard fought extra end – despite giving up a horrid 4 to the Czechs early in the game.

In game four Russia got a fortunate break to be leading 4- 2 with hammer in the fifth, but missed a routine take out to keep control of the game and allowed Denmark to take control of the second half of the contest.

Loss number five was delivered by China when Russia came short on an all important freeze in end 4 offering the Chinese to take control of the game with an easy 3.

And then Victory at last in Game 6 vs Finland.

This is the road to Sochi 2014, currently winding through Victoria.

Team Zug II (Freiburger) and Coach Jean Pierre Ruetsche in Swiss Championship Final Round

We at the Curling Academy want to congratulate Coach Jean Pierre, our leading Five Element of Technique Instructor, and his Zug II Team for qualifying for the Swiss Final. This Team has progressed consistently in their first year together under the guidance of Jean Pierre and the Academy. We wish Mario, Sven, Stephan and Rainer a successful week in Gstaad – February 16 – 23, 2013