Defending champions Switzerland beat Sweden by 8-4, while Norway were 8-5 winners over Canada in Saturday afternoon’s semi-finals at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship.
These results mean that Switzerland and Norway will play for gold medals and the world title on Sunday afternoon, and hosts Sweden and Canada will battle it out for bronze on Sunday morning.
The game between the Swiss and Swedes was tight for the first few ends, with the score tied at 2-2 after three ends.
After this, scores of twos in the fourth and seventh ends gave Switzerland the advantage.
The telling blow came in the ninth end when, with her team already 6-4 ahead, Switzerland’s fourth player Alina Paetz delivered a double take-out to score two more points and put the game beyond Sweden, who eventually ran out of stones in the tenth end.
In the game between Norway and Canada, scores of three in each of the fourth and ninth gave Norway an 8-5 lead.
Eventually, Norway ran Canada out of stones in the tenth end, and reached its first world final since 2004.
Before the semi-finals got underway, we had a special moment to present Katarina Nyberg, Louise Marmont and Elisabeth Persson with their World Curling Hall of Fame plates. The three remaining members of Team Gustafson were inducted in 2020 in the “Athlete” category but were not able to be presented at the time due to COVID. They join skip Elisabet Gustafson in the Hall of Fame, who was inducted in 2012.
Team Gustafson are four-time World Champions — 1992, 1995, 1998 and 1999 – and won Olympic bronze medals in Nagano 1998 on curling’s return to the Olympic Winter Games. In addition, they are four-time European Champions — 1992, 1993, 1997 and 2000.
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