Finland were one of three nations to register two wins out of two on the opening day of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship ©WCF/Alina Pauliuchyk

Finland, Norway and Sweden each claimed two wins out of two on the first day of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship at the Ice Cube Curling Centre in Sochi.

New Zealand’s Dan Mustapic and Finland’s Kalle Kiiskinen, the only two Olympians in the field having both competed at Turin 2006, went head to head in the opening Group B session.

It was Olympic silver medallist Kiiskinen and his sister Katja who emerged victorious as they defeated Mustapic and his teammate Marisa Jones 11-3.

“It's always important to start with a win because you're still trying to find your way around the ice,” said Katja Kiiskinen. 

“We want to be in the play-offs but we will just take it one game at a time.

“I don't see why we can't do well in the play-offs if we just find our game."

Finland overcame Austria 11-2 later in the evening, while Norway’s Magnus Nedregotten and Kristin Skaslien won 8-6 against New Zealand to follow up a 7-5 victory against Italy.

Last year’s runners-up, Camilla Johansson and Per Noreen of Sweden, beat Brazil 7-0 having opened their account with a 9-4 win against Slovenia.

Finland's Kalle Kiiskinen is one of only two Olympians in the field
Finland's Kalle Kiiskinen is one of only two Olympians in the field ©Getty Images

After losing 8-3 to Latvia in the first session, China reversed the scoreline in their favour against Slovenia for their first win.

Italy defeated Latvia 9-0 to bounce back from their defeat to Norway, while Austria got off the mark by beating Brazil 7-5.

Turkey, Japan, the United States, Denmark and hosts Russia all picked up wins in Group A following an entertaining Opening Ceremony involving hundreds of local performers and schoolchildren, in front of a crowd of more than 2,000 people.

Turkey, playing at the Championship for only the second time in their history, defeated experienced Australian team mates Kim Forge and Steve Johns 7-6.

On the next sheet, Japan were behind 6-4 going into the eighth and final end of their game against the Czech Republic, but managed to score four points and win 8-6.

Russia, meanwhile, delighted the home crowd as they defeated France 10-1, stealing seven points in the last three ends.

The US’s Korey Dropkin made a winning return to the Ice Cube Curling Centre following his appearance at the 2013 World Junior Curling Championships and, along with teammate Sarah Anderson, managed to beat Slovakia 7-3.

"It's pretty important to get out there and get a good start to the week,” said Dropkin.

“It was a good opportunity to get used to the ice - it was a little bit different to what it was like during practice yesterday, but it was a good game for us, a good win."

The Opening Ceremony involved hundreds of local performers and schoolchildren
The Opening Ceremony involved hundreds of local performers and schoolchildren ©WCF/Céline Stucki 2015

The only other game in Group A saw Denmark defeat defending champions Switzerland, who are represented this year by Marc Pfister and Carole Howald.

Denmark’s Denise and Oliver Dupont secured their win after opening with a score of two points before stealing five points in the next three ends on their way to an 8-4 victory.

As for Group C, Scotland picked up the biggest win of the session as they defeated Romania 16-0, while Estonia opened with a 10-1 win against England.

Hungary’s Dorottya Palancsa and Zsolt Kiss, the 2013 World Mixed Doubles champions, didn’t get the start they wanted as they lost 9-7 to Canada’s Kalynn Park and Charley Thomas.

"We're pretty happy,” said Thomas.

“We've got a little way to go in terms of performance, but it's a good start for us.

“We just need to be a little sharper next time and keep it going."

On the other sheets, Spain won 11-7 against Belarus and South Korea beat Poland 8-4.

The round-robin action in Sochi is due to continue tomorrow.

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