Denmark win semi-final to join Canada in World Men’s Gold Medal Game

  • Rasmus Stjerne watches on as his stone travels down the ice in the semi-final Photo: WCF / Céline Stucki

Denmark, skipped by Rasmus Stjerne, faced USA, skipped by John Shuster in Saturday (9 April) evening's semi-final, at the World Men's Curling Championship 2016 in Basel, Switzerland, with the winner going on to face Canada in Sunday (10 April) afternoon's (15.00, CET) Gold Medal Game, while the loser would play Japan for Bronze medals (at 10.00, CET).

The Danes opened with a score of two points in the first end when Stjerne had an open hit. USA blanked the second end and then in the third USA's skip Shuster was facing three Danish stones when he came to play his final draw-shot, which came up short, giving Denmark a steal of three and a 5-0 lead.

USA did get onto the scoreboard in the fourth end when Shuster drew his final stone into the house to score two points and reduce Denmark's lead to 5-2.

In the fifth end, Denmark scored three points again, thanks to a double take-out by Stjerne, which increased his team's lead to 8-2.

After blanking again in the sixth end, Shuster drew his last stone of the seventh end to score one point and reduce Denmark's lead to 8-3. In the eighth end, Stjerne hit-out a USA stone to score one more point and take an 9-3 lead, at which point USA conceded the game.

This result now sets up a Gold Medal Game between Canada and Denmark and a Bronze Medal Game between Japan and USA.

The Gold Medal Game ensures Canada a Gold or Silver medal for the first time since 2013, when Brad Jacob’s team collected Silver in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, while tomorrow’s final guarantees a highest finish for Denmark’s men’s teams. Denmark last collected a medal in 1990 when Rasmus’ father Tommy Stjerne won Bronze in Västerås, Sweden.

They Said It

Rasmus Stjerne; Denmark skip (after 9-3 semi-final win over USA): "We've had a good week and just to be in that final game is something special. This will be our first medal at the worlds so this will be very special for us. I feel the way we played today we might have a chance of putting the Canadians to the test at least. We got up early with the deuce but that three (in the third end) made the game very one-sided. The double just before the break sealed it. We need to make the shots against Canada but we've been playing one rock at a time and that's got us here."

John Shuster; USA skip (after 3-9 semi-final loss to Denmark): "It would be huge for us and our country to get on the podium. I just have to see if I’ll get any sleep tonight after letting down my teammates like that."

RESULT, semi-final

Denmark 9-3 USA

STANDINGS after semi-final
Canada 11-1: qualified Gold Medal Game
Denmark 9-4: qualified Gold Medal Game
Japan 8-4: qualified Bronze Medal Game
USA 9-4: qualified Bronze Medal Game
Norway 7-4
Sweden 6-5
Scotland 5-6
Finland 5-6
Switzerland 4-7
Russia 2-9
Korea 2-9
Germany 1-10

WCTV highlights Next broadcast on, semi-final between Japan and USA at 10.00 (CET, Sunday 10 April)