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Olympics-Australia first as a curler to qualify for the Beijing Winter Olympics

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A reporter films the logos of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at the furniture exhibition hall used in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics competition venues, at the Main Distribution Center of Olympics, during an organized media tour, China, December 9, 2021. REUTERS / Tingshu Wang

December 10, 2021

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt will become the first Australians to compete in irons at the Olympics after qualifying for next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics.

Mixed doubles won all seven of their matches at the tournament in Leeuwarden, Netherlands to secure one of the last remaining quota slots for the February 4-20 Olympics in the Chinese capital. Country.

Gill won their ticket in a dramatic way in the final final of the tournament against South Korea with a score that gave the Australians a 6-5 win.

“It was amazing,” Hewitt said. “I called Tahli about three and a half years ago and said, ‘look, do you want to run at this Olympics?’. We’ve worked really hard over the past few months and years, and it’s all paid off. ”

Gill, 22, is a former figure skater from subtropical Brisbane, while 27-year-old Hewitt was introduced to the sport to Melbourne’s cool climate through his Canadian mother that.

Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carroll congratulated the pair and the Australian Curling Federation on their breakthrough.

“This has not been an easy road, but Tahli and Dean showed excellent form in this qualifying event with an undefeated streak. Their last game went down the wire but they got there,” he said.

“The beauty of the Olympic Games is that there is a sport for everyone and now we will see young Australians on the world stage in February in a sport that many Australians will enjoy. see for the first time.”

Gill and Hewitt will join couples from nine other countries for the mixed doubles gold medal at Beijing’s National Fisheries Center, which has been renamed the Ice Cube for the Winter Olympics.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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