Ansis Regza slips on the ice during the Winter Games curling at the Maniototo International Curling Rink, in Naseby, yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Ansis Regza took a nasty tumble on the ice yesterday.
He was following up his stone at the Winter Games curling at
the Maniototo International Curling Rink when the mishap
Regza was close to the house when he fell flat on his back
and his feet shot into the air. He clung tenaciously to his
broom to lessen the impact of his fall.
Falling on the ice can be common with beginners but is rare
in international curling.
Regza became excited as his stone approached the house and he
willed it into the inner circle.
Regza (48) was playing against the New Zealand pair of Sean
and Bridget Becker in the mixed doubles with his wife Dace
(49). New Zealand won 8-5.
The Latvian couple own a small construction business at the
Latvian capital of Riga.
They started curling eight years ago.
"I watched the sport on television from the Olympic Games and
decided to have a go," Regza said.
"It is an interesting game and you never know the result
until after the last stone."
The sport has become a family affair with his wife and third
daughter Evita (28) competing for the Latvian women's team at
the European championships in Switzerland last year. Their
youngest daughter Anete (25) also plays the sport.
Curling is a minor sport in Latvia with only 150 players.
Regza and his wife played in the world championship doubles
in Russia last year.