You could say that Canada swept curling.
On Friday, the Canadians dominated Great Britain in the gold medal game 9-3 joining the Canadian women atop the podium. From CBC News:
So dominant were the Canadians that the Brits conceded after the eighth end, as Great Britain was never able to mount a comeback in this contest.
It was the third straight gold for the Canadian men in the Winter Olympics, a day after the Canadian women won their first ever gold in the event, defeating Sweden.
The sweep for Canada is quite historic, as Lee Jones of TSN noted:
The third end was the decisive moment for Canada as it managed to take three and give itself an early 5-1 lead. David Murdoch—who had a rough day for Great Britain—had a chance to earn a point for the Brits in the fourth end, but barely clipped Canada's stone and, after measurement, was just short of earning the point, giving Canada a 6-1 lead.
Every time it appeared Great Britain might recover in this match, Canada had an answer.
The Brits took a point in the second end. Canada responded with three. The Brits took a point in the fifth end. The Canadians responded with two. And the Brits took a point in the seventh end, but the Canadians again responded with a point, forcing the British concession.
It's hardly shocking the Canadians earned gold in this event. Since curling was reintroduced in 1998, the Canadians have reached every final. After starting 1-2 in the Sochi Olympics, the Canadians rattled off eight straight wins to earn the gold—a display of sheer dominance.
It was clear anything less than a gold would be a disappointment for the Canadians. After beating China in the semifinals, skip Brad Davis told Donna Spencer of The Canadian Press (via The Globe and Mail), "To get another medal for all of Team Canada is a great feeling, but at the same time, we want to come out and we want to get that gold."
So Canada's dominance in curling continues, and the men will be expected to extend their reign over the sport in 2018.
They'll likely face tests from nations like Sweden and Great Britain, however, as both countries will hope to dethrone the kings of curling.
Expect Jacobs and company to be eagerly awaiting the challenge.
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