Sweden wins Bronze at Curling WC

Sweden took the Bronze medal at the 2011 Ford Men’s World Curling
Championship in Regina, Canada with a 7 – 6 win against neighbours, Norway
on Sunday.

Niklas Edin led his Swedish team of Sebastian Kraupp, Fredrik Lindberg and
Viktor Kjäll to bronze medals . This game was tight all the way and the
Norwegians –Thomas Ulsrud, Torger Nergård, Christoffer Svae and Håvard Vad
Petersson – took an early lead, scoring a single point in the opening end.

Sweden took the initiative after this, following up a score of two in the
second with a single steal in the third for a 3-1 lead. The Swedes were
never headed in the game after this, and eventually skip Edin had an easy
draw into an open house for the one point that sealed his win and Sweden’s
bronze medals.

Afterwards, Swedish skip Edin said, “this was definitely our best game at
this competition. We so wanted that medal since we missed it at the Olympics
and just haven’t done as well as we thought we would do at the world
championships. Our goal before the tournament was just to do a good
tournament and fight for a medal”.

More generally he added, “this is our third year together and just after one
and half seasons we played the Olympics. That was a bit too soon and we knew
that. We still had a good chance of the bronze medal but we didn’t get it
there. So we said if we could pick up a medal here it would be as great as
winning gold”.

“But looking back at the tournament, we’ve been quite unfortunate actually.
We’ve played well but just had some mistakes that just ruined our games.
It’s just not been our week here, but finishing off like this feels amazing
and now we’re really prepared for the years to come”.

Meanwhile Norwegian skip Ulsrud said, “I’m a bit disappointed. The game
against Scotland last night and that game against Sweden, these were not our
top games”.

“That was a tight game but we didn’t put any pressure on him. Winning a
medal, that’s the main goal, so to finish short of that, I’m not happy. The
bronze game isn’t as big as the final of course, but you hate to lose a game
like this”.

“This is the first time we’ve missed out on a medal for the last three
years. When you’ve taken medals for the last three years and you end up
with no medals, you’re not happy”.

The Championship now concludes with the gold medal showdown between host
Canada skipped by Jeff Stoughton and Scotland, skipped by Tom Brewster.

Canada 11-1
Scotland 10-3
3. Sweden 8-5 Bronze
4. Norway 9-6
5. France 7-5
6. Germany 6-5
7. Switzerland 6-5
8. Czech Republic 5-6
9. China 4-7
10. USA 3-8
11. Korea 2-9
12. Denmark 0-11

Bronze: Norway 6, Sweden 7.



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