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December 8, 1967 |
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Andreas "Andy" Kapp (born December 8, 1967) is a German curler from Unterthingau. After a number of unsuccessful tournaments at the Junior, Olympic and World Championship levels, Kapp surprised many by winning the 1992 European championship. The next year however, he finished only 7th, but at the 1994 World Championships he and his team won the bronze medal. The next year, Kapp would go on to win the bronze medal once again. Two years later, at the 1997 World Championships, Kapp achieved his best showing at a World Championship, as he led his team to a silver medal, losing to Sweden's Peja Lindholm in the final. Kapp would also win his second European championships in December that year, soon before the first ever official medal Olympics for curling in Nagano. He would have a disappointing 1998 Olympics though where as one of the top medal favorites he went 1-6, finishing in last place in the 8-team field.
In the following years, Kapp slumped to disappointing placings[according to whom?] in major championships before disappearing from the world curling scene in 2001. His disappearance was in large part to the emergence of young German star Sebastian Stock, who for a while supplanted the Kapp brothers as the dominant figure in German curling, and the country's representative at most major events such as Europeans, Worlds, and Olympics. However, in 2005 Kapp was back, at the 2005 Ford World Men's Curling Championship, and won a bronze medal after play-off losses to Scotland's David Murdoch and Canada's Randy Ferbey. The semifinal against Ferbey is remembered most[by whom?] for third Uli on his first shot shockingly playing the wrong turn altogether on a shot in the final end, up 6-5 without hammer, leading to a disastrous miss and putting Germany in a near-impossible position for the remainder of the end and leading to their loss with Ferbey scoring 3. He appeared in his second Olympics in Turin in 2006, although this time not as a favorite, and again suffered a disappointing showing,[according to whom?] finishing out of playoff contention at 3-6.
Two years later, at the 2007 Ford World Men's Curling Championship, Kapp skipped Germany to another silver medal, losing to Canada's Glenn Howard in the final 8-3. The team returned to the 2008 World Men's Curling Championship without Andy's brother (and regular third) Uli, who was sidelined by season-ending knee surgery. Nevertheless the team got off to a 4-0 start before fading and finishing in 8th place with a 5-6 record. Kapp (again without Uli) competed at a third Olympics for Germany in 2010 in Vancouver, and despite no expectations after little action in the previous two years, this time finished with his best ever Olympic record of 4-5, missing a tiebreaker to get into the playoffs by just 1 game. Little has been seen of his since this event, and it is not known if he is any longer an active competitor.
Teammates (as of 2005)
Teammates at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics