Canada makes a great comeback to win second straight title!
For the first time since 1971 when Don Duguid defended his title a men's team
was able to win two years in a row when Randy Ferbey and his team made a great
comeback in the final being down 6-4 halfway winning 10-6 after nine ends. Up
until the seventh it looked like Switzerland was the strongest team but then the
Canadians were able to notch up their game and when Stöckli narrowly missed a
promotion raise in the eighth to count three or four then the game was Canada's.
Unable to score in the ninth Switzerland shook hands and Randy Ferbey collected
his third World Championship title and his compatriots David Nedohin, Scott
Pfeifer, Marcel Rocque and alternate Dan Holowaychuk collected their second.
Switzerland looked slightly nervous in the first end and in spite of a
good effort by Stöckli to double with his last shot Canada could score a deuce
after a hit & stick on the open Swiss shot. In the second end Stöckli buried a
shot behind a guard to sit two and when Nedohin rammed that guard when trying to
hit the shot Stöckli had an easy draw to lead 3-2.
In the third Stöckli makes a nice double close to a guard and lay one
when Nedohin was to play his last shot. Nedohin narrowly cleared the guard and
Canada was able to score a deuce again to regain the lead 4-3. After the fourth
Switzerland was back in the lead scoring a deuce after two nice shots by
In the fifth both teams kept freezing each other stones behind a guard
but with the last attempt Canada's David Nedohin came slightly wide and they had
to give up one and Switzerlands was ahead 6-4 at halfway time.
In the sixth Switzerland started to play a bit more defensively and
when Ferbey failed to tap a Swiss stone far enough to become shot Switzerland
decided to draw to sit two but Stöckli was heavy with his first ending up at the
back of the rings. Nedohin touched the guard trying to get to the Swiss shot and
Stöckli played a hit & stick to sit two and this forced Canada to draw for a
In the seventh Switzerland for first time since the first end faltered
a bit and a few misses allowed Canada to sit two stones when Ralph Stöckli was
to play his last shot. Stöckli came slightly heavy ending up at the back of the
four-foot allowing a double steal for Canada.
In the eighth Canada was able to force the game into the four-foot. When Stöckli
was to play his last shot Canada was sitting one and Stöckli tried a double
raise that if he succeeded would count for four points but came slightly wide
and instead Canada stole another point to lead 8-6.
In the ninth Canada hit anything that moved. Stöckli tried to freeze
against the Canadian shot with his first, had perfect weight but caught the
outside. Nedohin tapped to lay two. Stöckli tried an angled take-out to score
two but didn't catch enough of the stone and with another double steal for
Canada, Switzerland called it a day.
The Hürlimann curse?
One wonders what is about Patrick Hürlimann and Canadian skips getting the
When Switzerland skipped by Patrick Hürlimann won the Olympic gold in Nagano
1998 Mike Harris the Canadian skip got the flu and Switzerland won the gold.
This time Hürlimann was coaching the Swiss team and once again the Canadian
fourth, this time David Nedohin caught something that is probably the flu.
I wonder if Patrick put something in the Canadian water bottles :-)
Just kidding, OK?
Trulsen gets his third straight world championship medal
and Pål Trulsen defeated Finland 9-7 in this morning's bronze medal game. With
the win today the Norway team pick up their third straight World Championship
medal (bronze in Lausanne 2001 and silver in Bismarck 2002). Markku
Uusipaavalniemi's Finnish team lost their last three games of the tournament and
end up with "only" the fourth place.
The game was anything but dull with two teams that tried to play an
offensively pleasant game. But it's the last three stones that will be
remembered. Norway was leading 8-7 coming home and Finland needed to pick up a
deuce to win. Markku made a perfect draw from the outside around the front
guards with his first stone and forced Norway to come around from the other side
and freeze the Finnish stone. Trulsen did and it left Markku no choice but to
make a draw to the button to get an extra end, unfortunately he was about a foot
long and Norway picked up the bronze.
USA World Champions after beating Jones at her own game!
today became women's world champions for the first time after beating Canada 5-3
in the final. Debbie McCormick and her USA team played the same cautious but
effective game they have been playing all week in a game where the chances were
scarce and far between.
Debbie McCormick handed Canada their only defeat of the week at the worst
possible moment in an open game where the game's only deuce scored in the fourth
to go 3-1 proved to be decisive. Coming home USA lead 4-3 with last stone
advantage and after a double peel by Ann Swisshelm Silver Canada never got a
good situation and when Debbie McCormick was to play her last stone Canada was
laying two but USA had a "simple" hit & roll to win the game.
McCormick did the shot she called and USA became World Champions for the
first time after losing three finals through the years (1992, 1996 and 1999).
The team consisted of skip Debbie McCormick, third Allison Pottinger, second Ann
Swisshelm Silver, lead Tracy Sachtjen and alternate Joni Cotten.
McCormick said after the game that they hadn't played that well during the
week until the final two games and Colleen Jones was gracious in defeat and said
the McCormick "played smart, conservative" and that USA beat her at her own
Canada brought home the silver on a day when the opponent where simply
better. Canada played their game well but was unable to score more than a single
in any end of the game and that was enough to lose today.
Sweden gets the bronze medals
Anette Norberg of Sweden bounced back after their upset loss yesterday to the
USA and defeated Norway 7-5 in the bronze medal game this morning. Norwat lead
the game halfway 3-2 but three straight steals by Sweden quickly turned the game
around and Norway was never able to catch-up and this time Dordi Nordby had to
settle for squat in this her 15th World Curling Championships.
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