Hans Frauenlob

Hans Frauenlob (2006)
Hans Frauenlob
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Born 22 Nov 1960 – Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Club Auckland CC
International Record
Olympic Games
2006 Turin  10th 
World Mens
1999 Saint John 10th
2001 Lausanne 9th
2004 Gävle 7th
2005 Victoria 8th
World Mixed Doubles
2013 Fredericton 5th
Pacific Mens
1997 Karuizawa 3rd
1998 Qualicum Beach  1st
1999 Tokoro 3rd
2000 Esquimalt 1st
2001 Jeonju 2nd
2002 Queenstown 4th
2003 Aomori 1st
2004 Chuncheon 1st
2005 Taipei 3rd
2006 Tokyo 5th
World Senior Mens
2012 Tårnby 5th
2013 Fredericton 2nd
2015 Sochi 3rd
Winter Games NZ
2013 Naseby (NZL"A") 6th
Karuizawa Invitational
2006 Karuizawa 2nd
US Curling Grand Prix
2014 Blaine, MN  
New Zealand Titles
NZ Mens
2005-2006, 2012
NZ Mixed Doubles
2012, 2013
NZ Senior Mens
Wendorf Rock
2001, 2005, 2006
Auckland League
1997, 1999, 2004, 2005
New Zealand Teams
NZ Men
1997-2006, 2014
NZ Mixed Doubles
NZ Senior Men
2012-13, 2015

Hans had already tasted sporting success in a different field before he moved to New Zealand. He worked for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1990-1996 and is the proud owner of two World Series baseball rings following their victories in 1992 and 1993 – the first team outside the USA to do so.

He was first selected for the NZ Men's curling team in 1997 and represented his new country for 10 straight seasons. This included

  • 10 Pacific Championships winning 4 gold medals, 1 silver, 3 bronze
  • 4 World Championships, with a best place of 7th in 2004; 3rd best shooting percentage 1999 with 79% at third.

Hans is quite certain though that his greatest sporting moment to date, was qualification for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. NZ needed to win the last round robin game against Denmark at the 2005 Worlds, and the crucial moment was early in the game.

"I will always remember it... Sean made a fantastic shot to score a 5 on the fourth end – Lorne and Dan swept the shot great, and I got the line read right – a real team shot and the crowd went wild – it was spectacular."

Hans' international experience was put to good use at the 100% Pure NZ Winter Games in Naseby in 2009. His expert commentary during the extended TV coverage introduced many Kiwis to the roaring game.

2012 was a golden year for Hans. He skipped his side to both the NZ Open Men's and Senior Men's titles and then teamed up with Natalie Thurlow to win the NZ Mixed Doubles, becoming the first person to win the three titles in the same year. The Seniors and Mixed Doubles wins qualified Hans and his teammates for the respective 2013 World Championships held simultaneously in Fredericton, NB, Canada where they finished 5th in the World Mixed Doubles and won the World Senior Men's silver medal.


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