Sweden’s double Olympic champion Anette Norberg and her team of Cecilia Östlund, Sara Carlsson and Lotta Lennartsson won the final of the 2011 Capital One World Women’s Curling Championship in Esbjerg, Denmark on Sunday afternoon, beating Canadian team of Heather Kalenchuk, Tammy and Kim Schneider, and skip Amber Holland by 7-5.
This was Norberg’s third world title and she won it the hard way. The teams were tied at 5-5 after nine ends, and Canada had last stone advantage. But Norberg built up four of her own stones round the target and eventually, after a couple of Canadian mistakes earlier in the end, Holland’s last draw shot came up short, giving Sweden a steal of two and the title.
Before that, Canada seemed set for the win, scoring three in the fourth end to take the lead, but the Swedes hung on and finally their pressure told.
Although this is Norberg’s third title, it is the first time with her brand-new team, and she was full of praise for them. “I’m just thrilled about these girls and how they’ve performed, and how strong they are as a team after just a few months together. So I’m really, really proud”.
Afterwards, Canadian skip Holland said, “we’re disappointed. We played a pretty good game. We weren’t as sharp off the start as wanted to be and didn’t play the tenth end very well” adding, “I think for us silver is a great achievement”.
During the closing ceremony, Norway’s Henriette Løvar was named as the recipient of the 2011 Frances Brodie Award, voted on by all the players for the individual who best personifies curling’s values and good sportsmanship.
1. Sweden 11-2 Gold
2. Canada 10-5 Silver
3. China 9-5 Bronze
4. Denmark 7-6
5. Switzerland 7-5
6. Russia 6-5
7. USA 6-5
8. Germany 5-6
9. Scotland 4-7
10. Norway 3-8
11. Korea 2-9
12. Czech Republic 2-9
Gold Medal Game: Sweden 7, Canada 5.
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