100% Canada win Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017

  • Team Canada with their medals and trophy Photos: © WCF / Michael Burns

Canada are the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017 champions, after beating Sweden 4-2 in the gold medal final, in Edmonton’s Northlands Coliseum, on Sunday (9 April) evening.

Canada – made up of skip Brad Gushue; third and vice-skip Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant, lead Geoff Walker and alternate Tom Sallows – who collected gold medals and the brand-new World Curling Championship trophy, completed the event undefeated.

This makes Curling Canada the first ever Member Association to record clean sheets and win both the men's and women's World Curling Championships in the same year.

Sweden – comprising of skip Niklas Edin, third and vice-skip Oskar Eriksson, second Rasmus Wranaa, lead Christoffer Sundgren and alternate Henrik Leek – took home silver medals.

It was a tense game played in front of a packed house and, which featured four blank ends.

Canada blanked the first end. Then, in the second end, Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin hit and rolled his second stone to lie two and force Canada’s skip Brad Gushue to hit and stay and open the scoring with one point.

In the third end, it was Edin’s turn to be forced to draw for one point and level the score at 1-1.

In the fourth end, Edin drew his last stone to just short of the button, leaving Gushue with a difficult tap-back. Gushue’s shooter rolled on while the target Swedish stone jammed, meaning Canada took just one point from the end, instead of the two he was looking for, to take a 2-1 lead.

Sweden had set up their stones in good positions in the fifth end, but a good double take-out by Gushue with his first stone left Canada lying two. Later, Edin was still facing three Canadian counters when he came to play his last stone and he hit and stayed to score one point and level the score at 2-2.

Canada then blanked the sixth and seventh ends, as they attempted to generate two points in the even ends. In the eighth end, Gushue missed a chance for two points with his second last stone. Then, facing two Swedish stones, he cleared the house, running his own out to blank again.

Canada finally made the break-through they were looking for when, in the ninth end, Gushue drew his last stone into the house to score two points and take a 4-2 lead.

In the tenth end a cross-house double by Gushue took away Sweden’s chance to score two points and when Gushue knocked out the last remaining Swedish stone with his final stone, Sweden conceded.

Earlier, Switzerland had won bronze medals with a 7-5 win over USA.

The gold medal final was played in front of an audience of 7292, and a total of 85,214 spectators attended throughout the week.

During the closing ceremony, it was announced that Carlo Glasbergen [pictured above, © WCF / Richard Gray], lead player from the Netherlands, was the winner of the Collie Campbell Memorial Award, voted for by all the players to recognise the player they think best exemplified curling's values and sportsmanship throughout the championship.

The World Men’s Curling Championship 2018 will be staged in the Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, USA, between 31 March and 8 April.

They said it

Brad Gushue; skip, Canada (after 4-2 gold medal game win over Sweden): “It’s awesome! What a game, Niklas [Edin] and his team played so well, it took everything we had to win tonight. We were able to control the hammer till the ninth end, when we got a good deuce and a couple of good shots in the last end. Whether we won today or not, this has been an incredible year but this is the icing, the candle and everything on the cake. What an event, what a week, what a year!”

Niklas Edin; skip, Sweden (after winning silver medals): “We played a good game but got a couple of bad breaks and I didn’t really figure out the ice well enough at the end there. We were behind the whole game, and we needed to get something good to happen for us and it didn’t. The better team won and congrats to them. We were going for the gold obviously. They’ve been the best team in the world for the last couple of months. We’ve been really trying hard but we didn’t really play as well as we could.”
First eight men’s curling teams set for 2018 Olympic Winter Games

Results at the conclusion of the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017 round-robin mean that Canada, Great Britain (qualified as Scotland), Japan, hosts Korea, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and USA have qualified their National Olympic Committees for the men’s curling event in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. The Games will be held from 9-25 February 2018.

This also means that China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Russia are eligible to compete in the World Curling Federation’s Olympic Qualification Event to be held in Pilsen, Czech Republic between 5 and 10 December 2017. This event will determine the last two men’s teams to qualify for the Games.

Curling fans around the world can view all the broadcasted coverage from this championship on the event website and the World Curling Federation’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

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