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Patience pays off for Russians

The road to the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, March 30-April 7 in Victoria, actually began at the 2011 European Curling Championships for Russian skip Andrey Drozdov.

Team Russia (Photo WCF)

Drozdov played third on the Alexey Tselousov foursome that won the ‘B’ pool, earning the right to take on Thomas Dufour of France – who placed eighth in the ‘A’ pool – in a best-of-three World Challenge playoff.

Dufour prevailed in the series to secure the final berth in the 2012 world championship. But, the ‘B’ pool gold medal moved Russia up to the top group of the 2012 European Curling Championships in Karlstad, Sweden. With Drozdov taking on skip duties, the Russian squad took advantage of the opportunity, finishing in fifth position to lock up a trip to Victoria.

Drozdov will be making his first appearance at the world championship with the support of Alexey Stukalskiy, Tselousov and Petr Dron.

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