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Russ and Brad bring the gold to Canada
was a brilliant game, for about four ends but slowly Canada was taking over and
in the end there was no question that the best team won. The final score was
10-4 after eight ends but the game ended in the sixth when Canada scored six
In the first couple of ends there were many stones in play and there were
some tricky tactical situations. The first end was excellent and Finland scored
a deuce after some typical Finnish shot-making.
In the second Finland wasn't completely successful with their take-out's
which was enough for the Canadians to put the pressure on and scored a deuce.
Canada continued in the third and when Markku Uusipaavalniemi played his last
shot he was facing four Canadian counters. He tried to promote one of his own
stones into the four-foot but stuck on one of the Canadian shots and Canada
stole a single.
In the fourth Finland had a small chance to score two by ticking one of their
own stones onto the Canadian shot but Markku opted that the chance was too slim
so he decided to draw on the other side for one point but he was slightly heavy
and Canada stole another single.
In the fifth Finland had a draw for two but Markku once again was slightly
heavy and had to settle for a single after a measure.
In the sixth it was the classical case of Finland trying to get a stone to
the correct place, failing to do any stone 100 percent. Canada hit & rolls to
the side. Markku tried to come around with his last shot, ticked a guard and
stopped just behind the house. Brad Gushue had the opportunity to draw for a
seven but was heavy and stopped just behind the house but personally I think it
was a "mercy shot", he didn't want to rub it in. This was the second time that
Markku lost a six at the Olympics, he did the same towards Sweden in the
round-robin in Salt Lake City 2002.
With this the game was literally over but since a play-off game must be
played through the eight ends the teams kept on. Canada kept their focus so when
Markku drew the button for a single in the eight they shook hands and Canada
finally won an Olympic gold on the men's side.
Sweden win the women's Gold medal
deciding stone in an extra end in an Olympic final. That's the stone Anette
Norberg of Sweden have waited for since the first time she represented Sweden in
In those 23 years she has represented Sweden a staggering 25 times and won a
World Championship and six European Championship but nothing compares to winning
the Olympic Curling Title.
Sweden scored a deuce in the second to take the lead but Switzerland replied
in the third to tie the game. Sweden was forced to single the fourth.
Switzerland blanked the fifth to be 2-3 down at the halfway point.
In the next two ends Sweden took the initiative by stealing the sixth when
Ott failed to remove the Swedish shot and stealing again in the seventh when
Mirjam Ott's last draw picked something and jammed the guard.
In the eighth the Swedes started to show their nerves and a questionable
tactical decision with their last shot made it possible for Switzerland to tap
raise one of their stones to score a deuce.
In the ninth Norberg was forced to draw to the button against two Swiss shots
to lead 6-4 coming home. The Swedes looked in control peeling the Swiss centre
guard a few times but with Eva Lund's last shot the Swiss guard hit a corner
guard and rolled into the house setting up a deuce for Switzerland. The Swiss
made no mistake with the remaining stones and they were able to force an extra
In the extra end there were several stones in play and when Mirjam Ott
removed a Swedish stone in the house Anette Norberg was faced with two stones in
an angle sitting in the eight-foot. After a long discussion Sweden opted to play
the double which was a tough stone because she didn't have any margin on the
curl. If she hit the stone too fat she would roll on top of the second Swiss
However, Anette Norberg played a perfect shot (see the sequence) and now she
and her team mates are reigning European, World and Olympic Champions!
Switzerland, Sweden, Canada
Stone of destiny ...