Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
March 23, 2014
Russia made curling history on Sunday at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in Saint John, Canada, winning the Bronze medal game 7-6 in an extra end against Korea.
The win marked the first time that Russia has won medals at World Women’s Championship level.
Korea, skipped by Jisun Kim, with fourth player Un Chi Gim, second Seulbee Lee and lead Min Ji Um, gave up a one-point steal in the opening end to let Russia open the scoring.
The Russians, skipped by Anna Sidorova, with third Margarita Fomina, second Alexandra Saitova and lead Ekaterina Galkina, then moved further ahead - to 2-0 - with another single steal in the third end.
In the fourth end, Korea's fourth player Un Chi Gim scored one point with a hit and stay to move the scoreboard to 2-1 in Russia's favour and, after blanking the fifth end, Russian skip Sidorova just missed an attempted double take-out in the sixth end, leaving another Russian stone in the house to score one point for a 3-1 lead. Korea levelled the score at 3-3 in the seventh end when Gim drew into the house to score two points.
Russia then took the lead again in the eighth end - at 4-3 - when Sidorova scored one with a hit on a Korean stone sitting in the house.
Korea then made a major break-through in the ninth end when Gim drew her final stone into the house to score three points and take the lead for the first time in the game, at 6-4.
In the tenth end, after Gim just missed a double take-out attempt, Sidorova drew her second stone into the house to score two points, tie-up the game at 6-6, and force an extra end.
In that extra end, Gim attempted to hit and roll into shot position, but hit the wrong side of her target stone and rolled out, giving Russia a steal of one point and their historic 7-6 medal win.
After the game, a delighted Sidorova said, "this is a very big day for us and Russian curling. I'm so happy and don't have enough words to describe how I'm feeling." She added, "I probably still can't believe that happened. But I am pretty sure now that we are able to play at a really high level."
Meanwhile Korean skip Jisun Kim said, "maybe we were nervous. We gave chances to Russia and they played very well. Our team is very young and with more experience we'll get better and better."
Canada plays Switzerland for the gold medals at 19:30 local time (ADT).
Bronze Medal Game: Russia 7, Korea 6.
Canada (to play Gold medal game against Switzerland)
Switzerland (to play Gold medal game against Canada)
3. Russia (Bronze Medallists)
9. Czech Republic
SCHEDULE (all times local ADT)
Sunday 23 March
19:30 Gold Medal Game: Canada v Switzerland
World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Saint John. WCF Broadcast Partners for the event include TV4 in Sweden, Russia 2 in Russia, CCTV in China, SBS in Korea, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil. TSN is carrying coverage in Canada (RDS in Quebec). www.worldcurling.org/wwcc-2014-tv-web-tv-programme-schedule
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The World Women’s Curling Championship 2015 will take place in Sapporo, Japan, from 14-22 March in the Tsukisamu Gymnasium.