Sweden beat Norway to curling gold
Published: 16 Dec 2012 14:25 GMT+01:00
Updated: 16 Dec 2012 14:25 GMT+01:00
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Last year, Sweden had to make do with a silver medal in the European Curling Championship after losing out to Norway in the final.
This weekend, the team made a stunning comeback, beating Norway on home ground in Karlstad, west-central Sweden.
The Swedish team's performance was of high calibre throughout the tournament. The team lost just one out of 11 games before picking up the gold in Karlstad.
"It feels really wonderful," Sweden's skip, Niklas Edin, told the TV4 channel after the winning game against Norway.
After the third end, Sweden were losing 2-1. But some tenacious play saw them eventually pull away to win by three.
"We had some control towards the end. If felt like we had really landed it and we were able to enjoy the last two rounds," said Edin.
Team captain, Peja Lindholm, told TV4 that the win "means a great deal" to the team, which is aiming to qualify for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
"It is never good losing but if I am going to lose to someone then it is OK losing to Niklas," said Norwegian skip Thomas Ulsrud.
"They played well all week. I think for the first half of the final we had them…but after the break they were all over us. Well done to the Swedish boys."
Sweden last won the European Championships in 2009.
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