Niklas Edin led his Swedish team of Sebastian Kraupp, Fredrik Lindberg and Viktor Kjäll to bronze medals at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2011 in Regina, Canada, with a 7-6 win over Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud in Sunday’s bronze medal game.
This game was tight all the way and the Norwegians – Ulsrud, Torger Nergård, Christoffer Svae and Håvard Vad Petersson – took an early lead, scoring a single point in the opening end.
Sweden took the initiative after this, following up a score of two in the second with a single steal in the third for a 3-1 lead. The Swedes were never headed in the game after this, and eventually skip Edin had an easy draw into an open house for the one point that sealed his win and Sweden’s bronze medals.
Afterwards, Swedish skip Edin said, “this was definitely our best game at this competition. We so wanted that medal since we missed it at the Olympics and just haven’t done as well as we thought we would do at the world championships. Our goal before the tournament was just to do a good tournament and fight for a medal”.
More generally he added, “this is our third year together and just after one and half seasons we played the Olympics. That was a bit too soon and we knew that. We still had a good chance of the bronze medal but we didn’t get it there. So we said if we could pick up a medal here it would be as great as winning gold”.
“But looking back at the tournament, we’ve been quite unfortunate actually. We’ve played well but just had some mistakes that just ruined our games. It’s just not been our week here, but finishing off like this feels amazing and now we’re really prepared for the years to come”.
Meanwhile Norwegian skip Ulsrud said, “I’m a bit disappointed. The game against Scotland last night and that game against Sweden, these were not our top games”.
“That was a tight game but we didn’t put any pressure on him. Winning a medal, that’s the main goal, so to finish short of that, I’m not happy. The bronze game isn’t as big as the final of course, but you hate to lose a game like this”.
“This is the first time we’ve missed out on a medal for the last three years. When you’ve taken medals for the last three years and you end up with no medals, you’re not happy”.
The Championship now concludes with the gold medal showdown between host Canada skipped by Jeff Stoughton and Scotland, skipped by Tom Brewster.
3. Sweden 8-5 Bronze
4. Norway 9-6
5. France 7-5
6. Germany 6-5
7. Switzerland 6-5
8. Czech Republic 5-6
9. China 4-7
10. USA 3-8
11. Korea 2-9
12. Denmark 0-11
Bronze: Norway 6, Sweden 7.
Sunday 10th April
Final / Gold Medal (1700 local) – CANADA v SCOTLAND
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