April 7, 2013
Sweden were crowned world champions when they beat Hosts Canada by 8-6 in Sunday afternoon's gold medal final of the Ford World Men's Curling Championship 2013 in Victoria, Canada.
The Swedes opened with a score of two in the first end when their skip Niklas Edin delivered a nose-hit on a Canadian stone. Canada responded with a single point in the second end when skip Brad Jacobs hit with his last stone.
In the third end, Edin played a perfect little tap-up to score two points and take a 4-1 lead.
Canada brought themselves right back into the game in the fourth end when Jacobs tapped-out a Swedish stone to score two points and close the Swedish lead to just 4-3. Perhaps the game's key turning point came in the sixth end, when Jacobs failed in an attempt to remove two Swedish stones, and, with the stone of theirs that remained in the house, the Swedes stole one point for a 6-3 lead.
In the eighth end, Sweden closed in on the title when Edin drew his final stone into the house to score two points for an 8-4 lead. Canada scored two more points in the ninth end to close the gap to 8-6 in Sweden's favour, and Sweden eventually ran Canada out of stones in the tenth end, to add the world title to the European crown they had already won this season, with a final score-line of 8-6.
Afterwards, Swedish skip Edin said, "we had a really good game here. That day of rest yesterday was really important to us. We got to enjoy the silver medal yesterday and then really re-group and play the best curling we could play here in the final. I'm so proud of my team, we executed the plan perfectly, so I'm just super-happy."
He added, "I think the key moment was the second deuce we got in the third end with the small tap. If they steal one there and get back to 2-2, it's a totally different game. Once we got to 4-1, we felt comfortable. Although we let them get back, we were always ahead in the game. I think I felt the pressure. They made some really good shots, but we always came back on them. I'm really proud of my team for sticking in there."
Edin's team with third Sebastian Kraupp, second Fredrik Lindberg, lead Viktor Kjaell, supported by fifth Oskar Eriksson and coach Eva Lund supported by national coach Peja Lindholm - now become the first team to hold both the European and world titles in the same season.
About that, Edin said, "it feels amazing to be European and world champions at the same time. We set that up as a target three years ago, and to have done it feels amazing going into the Olympic season."
And to add to their celebrations, skip Edin was chosen by all the other players as the winner of the Collie Campbell Memorial Award for sportsmanship.
Canadian skip Brad Jacobs led his team - third Ryan Fry, second E.J. Harnden, lead Ryan Harnden, and fifth player Matt Dumontelle, supported by coach Tom Coulterman - in front of a full house of 5,500 at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.
Despite his disappointment, Jacobs put a brave face on what happened, saying, "we were just on the wrong side of the inch today and in curling that happens. We fought as hard as we could and we tried to stick with it as long as we could. Full credit to Sweden, they were bang-on today. I'm really proud of the way the guys played in front of me. It's been a phenomenal season. You know what? We're going to hold our heads high. We fought as hard as we could. Silver-medallists at the worlds? We're pretty young and this is a first-year team. Who knows? Cross our fingers, maybe one day we'll get a second chance at this."
Earlier, Scotland beat Denmark by 7-6 to take bronze medals, and these games finalised the Olympic qualification position.
Eight of the ten nations that will be able to send men's teams to take part in next year's Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia have been decided. Russia will be there as hosts and other qualification was based on points gathered in the 2012 and 2013 World Men's Curling Championships.
The seven nations who have qualified are:
Canada (14 points in 2012; 12 points in 2013: total 26)
Sweden (10*plus*14: 24)
Scotland (whose points are allocated to Great Britain for Olympic purposes) (12 10: 22)
Norway (9 8: 17)
Denmark (6 9: 15)
China (7 7: 14)
Switzerland (4 6: 10)
The nations that are now eligible to send men's teams to take part in the inaugural World Curling Federation Olympic Qualification event in December 2013 are: USA, New Zealand, Czech Republic, France, Japan, Germany, Finland and Korea.
The new WCF Olympic Qualifying Event will be staged from 11-15 December 2013, in Fuessen, Germany. Two nations will qualify from the event in both men's and women's disciplines to complete the Olympic fields of 10 teams.
National Olympic Committees are required to endorse team entry for this event by the end of May 2013. On confirmation of the number of competing teams, the competition format will be made public by the WCF at the start of June 2013.
For the women's curling competition Sweden, Switzerland, Scotland (whose points are allocated to Great Britain for Olympic purposes), Canada, USA, Denmark, Korea and Russia (as hosts) have all qualified directly for Sochi.
Germany, Japan, China, Italy, Latvia, Czech Republic and Norway are the nations eligible to compete in the women's Qualification Event in Fuessen.
For more information about Olympic Qualification, visit: http://www.worldcurling.org/olympic-qualification
Ford World Men's Curling Championship 2013 Final Standings:
1. Sweden (Gold)
2. Canada (Silver)
3. Scotland (Bronze)
8. Czech Republic
Gold Medal Game: Sweden 8, Canada 6
World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, has provided extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters outside Canada of the Ford World Men's Curling Championship 2013. WCF Broadcast Partners for the 2013 World Curling Championships include Eurosport (Eurosport, Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player) in Europe, NHK in Japan, CCTV-5 in China, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil. In Canada, TSN (RDS in French) carried all Team Canada games. http://www.worldcurling.org/tv-web-coverage
Event website: http://www.curling.ca/championships/worlds/
Live Results can be found here: http://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/?e=12
With all results mirrored on the WCF Results Database: http://results.worldcurling.org
Additional coverage and galleries will also be available on the WCF website: http://www.worldcurling.org/ford-world-mens-curling-championship-2013
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The World Men's Curling Championship 2014 will take place in Beijing, China at the Capital Indoor Stadium from 29 March to 6 April.