If skating on thin ice ever
becomes an Olympic sport, anyone who has been watching the
Venice Cup at these World Championships will know who the
gold medal winners are likely to be.
In case you haven’t noticed, the
defending Venice Cup champions from Germany have lost nine
of 11 matches, albeit mostly by small margins. That accounts
for the fact that the team is still very close to a qualifying
spot, lying only 9 Victory Points out of eighth place.
Fortunately for the ladies from Deutschland,
they don’t need miracles, only a bit more luck and a
blitz or two.
The Germans will get some sympathy from Chinese Taipei, the
Venice Cup leaders after play on Wednesday. They lost two
of three matches on Thursday, one of them a near-blitz, to
fall into sixth place.
Also feeling some pain were USAII in the
Bermuda Bowl. That team, featuring four players with limited
international experience, were sitting pretty in the second
spot starting the day. They suffered three big losses, however
-- 85-28 to Monaco, 58-15 to Canada and 54-34 to Bulgaria.
The Americans dropped from second to sixth with seven matches
to play in the round-robin.
Despite losing two close matches, Italy
retained their lead in the Bermuda Bowl standings, followed
closely by USAI.
With seven rounds to play in the Senior Bowl, USAI were in
the lead, taking over from France, who dropped to second but
by only 4 VPs. Israel and USAII were close behind. The Senior
Bowl concludes on Monday.