Women: Canada win gold, Sweden take silver
February 20, 2014
Canada beat Sweden by 6-3 in Thursday evening's women’s gold medal game at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games curling competition at the Ice Cube Curling Centre in Sochi.
This is the first gold medals for Canada's women in the curling competition since the sport made its return to the Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan in 1998, when the late Sandra Schmirler won the title.
Skipped by Jennifer Jones, the winning Canadian team also included third Kaitlyn Lawes, second Jill Officer, lead Dawn McEwen, alternate Kirsten Wall and coach Janet Arnott.
Canada started the game with last stone advantage and, when she came to deliver her last stone of the first end, Canada's skip Jennifer Jones was facing three Swedish stones already in the house. She managed to get inside all of them however to open the scoring with a single point.
The Swedes responded in the second end when their fourth player Maria Prytz removed a collection of Canadian stones, but left her own lying in the house to score one point and level the game.
Canada then blanked the third end and scored two points in the fourth end for a 3-1 lead when Jones took advantage of having an earlier stone of her own clinging on at the back of the house to draw a second stone in.
In the fifth end, Prytz played a promote shot that removed two Canadian stones, leaving Sweden to score two points to level the game at 3-3 at the fifth end break.
After this, Canada blanked the next two ends and, despite being short with her final draw in the eighth end, scored a single point when an umpire's measure confirmed that one of her earlier stones out-counted Sweden. With this, Canada took a 4-3 lead.
In the ninth end, Canada had four stones round the button and, with her last stone, Sweden's Prytz tried to nudge out two of them to score two points with her shooter stone and one already in the house.
Prytz misjudged the shot however, nudging out her own stone instead, while her shooter ran too far, leaving Canada with two stones closer to the button, a result that gave Canada a steal of two points for a 6-3 lead.
Canada then ran Sweden out of stones in the tenth end and the Olympic title was theirs, with a final score line of 6-3.
After the game, the Canadian team took a moment out to describe their feelings.
Skip Jennifer Jones said: "It's hard to convey how amazing we feel! The girls just played great. This was just the best week of our lives and the biggest competition of our lives."
Third player Kaitlyn Lawes added: "It's a dream come true to be able to be at the Olympics with these girls, it's amazing, they're so talented and I'm so proud of everyone."
Second player Jill Officer spoke about the game itself, saying: "I think we just hung in there. It was deep patience and we just stuck with it."
Lead player Dawn McEwen turned her thought to family and friends. She said: "They will be ecstatic for us. They're just dying to see us."
Sweden's skip Margaretha Sigfridsson, who also plays lead stones, spoke afterwards as well. She said: "Of course, it's really sad not to win and it really, really feels like we lost. We played really good, I think we had some good chances, but we had to make a few more shots and Jennifer made a few key shots."
She added: "We will be happy with silver in a little while. This has been an amazing experience, there's nothing else similar to it."
In addition to Maria Prytz who plays fourth, skip Margertha Sigfridsson’s silver medallists also consisted of Christina Bertrup as third, second Maria Wennerstroem and alternate Agnes Knochenhauer. The team are coached by Fredrik Hallstroem.
With this result, Canada completed the entire tournament unbeaten, recording eleven wins. They are the first women's team to achieve this feat.
Women’s gold medal game: Sweden 3, Canada 6.
Women’s standings after gold medal game:
1. Canada (Gold)
2. Sweden (Silver)
3. Great Britain (Bronze)
(All times local – MSK)
Medal games (Friday February 21, 2014):
Bronze: Sweden v China (12:30)
Gold: Canada v Great Britain (17:30)
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