Canada's men join women's champions to achieve golden double

  • Canada men's trophy lift © WCF / Emile Gareev

Canada beat hosts Scotland by 6-5 in Saturday afternoon's men's World Junior Curling Championships 2018 final to claim the world title and gold medals. With Canada's women also taking gold earlier in Curl Aberdeen, Scotland, this completed a notable double.

In the same session, Switzerland beat United States by 7-4 to win the bronze medals.

Scotland, who went into the final undefeated throughout the tournament, opened the scoring in the second end and Canada - skip Tyler Tardi, third Sterling Middleton, second player Jordan Tardi and lead Zachary Curtis, supported by alternate Jacques Gauthier and coach Paul Tardi - missed a chance for a big six-point score in the third end when skip Tardi came up short with his final stone. As a result, Canada had to settle for just one point to tie the game at 1-1.

The Scots - skip Ross Whyte, third Robin Brydone, second player Fraser Kingan and lead Euan Kyle, supported by alternate Duncan McFadzean and coach Alan Hannah - took the lead again with a single point in the fourth end, but the Canadians moved ahead with a score of three points in the sixth end and a steal of one point in the seventh end for a 5-2 lead. The Scots fought back after this and forced the game into an extra end when a single point steal in the tenth end levelled the score at 5-5. With the last stone of the extra end, Tardi's draw was good enough to score one point and gave his team the world title.

The United States led all the way to the seventh end in the bronze medal game, being 4-3 ahead. But, a score of three points in the eighth end, followed by a single point steal in the ninth end put Switzerland - skip Jan Hess, third Simon Gloor, second player Simon Hoehn and lead Reto Schoenenberger, supported by alternate Philipp Hoesli and coach Annick Lusser Hess - into the lead at 7-4. They went on to claim bronze by running United States out of stones in the tenth end.

This victory was the nineteenth time Canada men have taken gold at these championships and this is the first time since 2015 that Canadian men and women have achieved the golden double.

At every World Junior Curling Championships, all the players vote for the women's and men's Sportsmanship Awards - identifying one woman and one man who best exemplifies the Spirit of Curling. Among the women, Scotland's third player, Amy MacDonald, was voted the winner, while Norway's skip Magnus Ramsfjell gained this accolade among the men.

Tyler Tardi; skip, Canada (after 6-5 gold medal game win over Scotland): "It's an unbelievable feeling. I don't even know how long I've been dreaming about this moment, and to have it finally come true is just unbelievable. I can't believe I'm standing here right now. They're all great shooters on the other team, hats off to them [Scotland]. They made a really good comeback - good on them. They made some good shots and made us really work for it. They've been working so hard all season. There's no four better guys that could do it with and I'm just over the moon right now. "

Ross Whyte; skip, Scotland (after winning silver medals): "We just weren't as sharp as we'd been all week. Unfortunately, we didn't turn out and shoot the lights out. The Canada boys really played well. They put us under a lot of pressure and we really struggled to make twos. But, we're really proud of what we've done this week. The boys played really well throughout the whole week and really made my job easy. I'm really glad that they've done that and that we came out here and proved ourselves as a team. It happens and we're just pleased that we've got that silver medal."

Jan Hess; skip, Switzerland (after 7-4 bronze medal game win over United States): "This feels so amazing. We worked all year for this, and getting the bronze is just amazing. We knew it was going to be a fight and we knew it was possible that we might go down early. But, we knew that we would always be able to fight back, and we showed that throughout the whole week. I'm so proud of my team for never stopping believing in ourselves. I knew we just had to play as we have all week."
Men's medal-game results: Canada 6-5 Scotland; Switzerland 7-4 United States

Final men's standings

G Canada 9-2
S Scotland 10-1
B Switzerland 6-5
United States 7-4
Germany 4-5
Norway 4-5
Sweden 3-6
>B China 3-6
>B Korea 2-7
>B Russia 1-8

>B - relegated to Junior-B event


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