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Newfoundland's Nathan Young into semifinals at World Youth Olympics

Torbay's Nathan Young is contemplating the possibility of a medal win at the World Youth Olympic Games. — World Curling Federation photo
Torbay's Nathan Young is contemplating the possibility of a medal win at the World Youth Olympic Games. — World Curling Federation photo

He and his Hungarian teammate will play for a medal Wednesday in mixed doubles curling at Lausanne, Switzerland

Newfoundland curler Nathan Young will play for a medal Wednesday afternoon at the 2020 World Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Which colour will be determined by the result of the semifinal game he and mixed doubles partner Laura Nagy of Hungary will play Wednesday morning.

If Young, a 17-year-old from Torbay, and Nagy defeat a Japanese-French duo, they will play for the gold medal against the winner of the other semifinal, which involves teams of French-Russian and Chinese-Czech collaborations.

The semifinal losers will meet in the bronze-medal game.

Young and Nagy won twice earlier today, defeating a Czech-British team 7-1 in the Round of 12 and the team of Leo Tuaz of France and Mina Kobayashi 8-1 in the Round of Six.

That, by the way, is the same Japanese-French team Young and Nagy will  face Wednesday morning.

With only three winners coming out of the Round of 6, the fourth semifinalist was determined by taking the Round of 6 loser with the best result in a pre-competition draw-shot challenge, and that turned out to be the team of Tuaz and Kobayashi, setting up a rematch with Young and Nagy.

The mixed doubles event at the Games began with 48 duos created by scrambling the players from last week's 24-country mixed team event at the Games. The player matches for the doubles entries were determined by final standings in team play.

Young had been skip of the Canadian mixed team which went 5-1, its only loss coming in a playoff quarter-final.

brendan.mccarthy@thetelegram.com

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