Sweden Wins Gold in Women's Curling

Bill RobbinsContributor IFebruary 26, 2010

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 26:  (L-R) Kajsa Bergstroem, Anna Le Moine, Cathrine Lindahl, Eva Lund and Anette Norberg of Sweden celebrate winning their gold medals after victory over Canada in the women's gold medal curling game between Canada and Sweden on day 15 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Vancouver Olympic Centre on February 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Sweden wins gold by defeating Canada 7-6 in 11 ends in the Women's curling gold medal game. 

Swedish skip Anette Norburg help defended the Swedes title from last Olympics in Turin by stealing a point in the 11th end.

Sweden had the lead most of the beginning of the game, with two 2-point ends in the 3rd and 5th. After the 5th Sweden was winning 4-2.

But then Canada in the 6th and 7th ends would score three more points to take the lead 5-4.

In that seventh end Norburg was light on her draw, this let Canada to steal two points in a non hammer situation.

In the 8th, Canada stole another point to give them a 6-4 lead.

With Canada winning 6-4 in the final end, Cheryl Bernard of Canada had an opportunity to win the game, needing to hit the exposed Swedish rock out of the circle, but she was wide on the shot, which left the Swedish stone blocked, and gave Sweden the opportunity to scored two. Norburg made the shot to extend the game.

In the 11th end, Sweden got a miss from Canada's Cori Bartel, which made her stone exposed. Then Norburg knocked out that rock out and moved her rock into the four foot circle. This left two Swedish rocks in the four foot circle. 

For Canada to possibly win, they would have to have a double takeout, but this takeout would fail when Bernard missed both rocks. This sealed Sweden's victory.

Canada could not win the gold against the well experienced Swedes even though they had the best record in the preliminary rounds 8-1. But for their consolation prize they will get the silver medal.

Sweden on the other hand would win their second gold medal in a row in this event, when in last Olympics in 2006, the same three players Anna Lemoine, Eva Lund, and Cathrine Lindahl, where also members of the same curling team to win gold.