Alina Pätz

Alina Pätz (born 8 March 1990 in Urdorf, Switzerland) is a three-time World champion Swiss curler. She currently throws fourth stones on Team Silvana Tirinzoni on the World Curling Tour and was the alternate player for the Mirjam Ott rink which represented Switzerland at the 2014 Winter Olympics.[1]

Alina Pätz
Born
Alina Pätz

(1990-03-08) 8 March 1990
Team
Curling clubBaden Regio-Privera CC,
Baden, SUI
SkipSilvana Tirinzoni
FourthAlina Pätz
SecondEsther Neuenschwander
LeadMelanie Barbezat
Career
Member Association  Switzerland
World Championship
appearances
4 (2012, 2015, 2017, 2019)
World Mixed Doubles Championship
appearances
1 (2011)
European Championship
appearances
5 (2012, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2019)
Olympic
appearances
1 (2014)
Grand Slam victories1 (2019 Champions Cup)

Career

Playing as the alternate for the Ott rink, Pätz won a gold medal at the 2012 Ford World Women's Curling Championship and a bronze medal at the 2013 European Curling Championships. Pätz has also won a silver medal at the 2010 European Mixed Curling Championship (Lead for Claudio Pätz) and a gold medal at the 2011 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship (with Sven Michel).

Pätz has skipped her own rink since 2013. She won the 2015 World Women's Curling Championship defeating Canada's Jennifer Jones in the final. Later that year, she represented Switzerland at the 2015 European Curling Championships, but missed the playoffs, finishing with a 4-5 record.

Pätz again represented Switzerland at the 2017 World Women's Curling Championship, but finished with a 5-6 record, missing the playoffs.

Heading into the 2018-19 curling season, Pätz joined forces with Silvana Tirinzoni, who would skip the team but Pätz would throw fourth rocks, with Esther Neuenschwander at second and Melanie Barbezat throwing lead rocks. The team reached the final in the first Grand Slam of the season, the Elite 10. They represented Switzerland at the 2018 European Curling Championships claiming the silver medal, going on an unbeaten 9–0 run to finish top of the Round Robin, before defeating Germany 6–4 in the semi-final, and falling 5–4 to Sweden's Anna Hasselborg in the final. Having won the 2019 Swiss National Championships, the team represented Switzerland at the 2019 World Women's Curling Championship in Silkeborg, Denmark. The team got off to a shaky start posting a 2–3 record in their first 5 games before winning 6 in a row to secure their playoff spot and went on to finish the round robin with a 8-4 record and 4th place in the standings. Tight victories over China in the qualification game, and South Korea in the semi-final set up a repeat of the European Championship final against Hasselborg and Sweden. They were able to turn the tables on Sweden, with Pätz making a draw to the four-foot in the extra end for an 8–7 win which meant they were crowned the 2019 world champions. The team capped off their year with their first Grand Slam title together at the Champions Cup, and reaching the final of the inaugural Curling World Cup.

In their first event of the 2019–20 season, Team Tirinzoni finished runner-up at the 2019 Cameron's Brewing Oakville Fall Classic.[2] They also qualified for the playoffs at their next three events, the 2019 Stu Sells Oakville Tankard, the 2019 AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic and the 2019 WCT Uiseong International Curling Cup. The next week, they won the Women's Masters Basel.

Personal life

Pätz is in a relationship with fellow curler Sven Michel. She lives in Zurich.[3]

Grand Slam record

Key
C Champion
F Lost in Final
SF Lost in Semifinal
QF Lost in Quarterfinals
R16 Lost in the round of 16
Q Did not advance to playoffs
T2 Played in Tier 2 event
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
Masters Q DNP QF Q Q QF Q SF
Tour Challenge N/A N/A N/A Q Q QF QF QF
The National N/A N/A N/A DNP DNP QF SF Q
Canadian Open DNP DNP DNP QF DNP Q F
Players' DNP DNP QF Q DNP DNP Q
Champions Cup N/A N/A N/A DNP SF Q C

Former events

Event 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017-18 2018-19
Elite 10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A F
Colonial Square Q DNP Q N/A N/A N/A N/A

Teams

SeasonSkipThirdSecondLead
2010-11Nicole DünkiAlina PätzGioia OeschleFabiola Duss
2011-12Manuela SiegristAlina PätzClaudia HugNicole Dünki
2012-13Manuela SiegristAlina PätzNadine LehmannNicole Dünki
2013-14Alina PätzNadine LehmannNicole SchwägliNicole Dünki
2014-15Alina PätzNadine LehmannMarisa WinkelhausenNicole Schwägli
2015-16Alina PätzNadine LehmannMarisa WinkelhausenNicole Schwägli
2016-17Alina PätzNadine LehmannMarisa WinkelhausenNicole Schwägli
2017-18Alina PätzNadine LehmannMarisa WinkelhausenNicole Schwägli
2018-19Alina Pätz (fourth)Silvana Tirinzoni (skip)Esther NeuenschwanderMelanie Barbezat
2019-20Alina Pätz (fourth)Silvana Tirinzoni (skip)Esther NeuenschwanderMelanie Barbezat

References

  1. "Alina Pätz". Sochi 2014. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  2. "2019 Cameron's Brewing Oakville Fall Classic". World Curling Tour. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  3. 2019 Continental Cup Media Guide: Team Tirinzoni
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