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Olympic Winter Games - Day 10 - MEN’S SEMI-FINALS

Sweden 3 – 6 Canada
Switzerland 5 – 7 Norway

Canada’s Kevin Martin will contest the second Olympic final of his career on Saturday, hoping to go one better than the silver he took from Salt Lake City in 2002, when he lost out to Norway’s Pal Trulsen.

In Thursday’s semi-finals, he eventually overwhelmed Sweden’s Niklas Edin, winning by 6-3 after following up a score of one in the fourth end with successive steals of two in the fifth and sixth ends.

But Martin did not get things all his own way. By his own admission Edin gave him a strong challenge. “He had us on the ropes in three but once we got the first steal of two, that was it”.

Edin also spoke about the third end, “we had a shot for four and we didn’t take it. If we pick up four, we might as well win the game. We got our chance and didn’t take it”.

The other semi-final was a closer affair between Switzerland and Norway, but a single steal in the third end for a 2-0 lead gave Norway, skipped by Thomas Ulsrud, the upper hand.

Despite a score of two in the sixth, Switzerland could not raise a strong enough challenge, and Norway won by 7-5.

Sweden and Switzerland will play for bronze at 9.00am local time on Saturday 27th February, and the gold medal match-up between Canada and Norway, which starts at 3.00pm that day, will conclude curling at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.