Swiss Win Men’s Bronze in Curling
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OGDEN, Utah (AP) _ Switzerland defeated Sweden 7-3 for the men’s curling bronze, with the Swedes conceding Friday after a medal-clinching toss by Swiss captain Andrea Schwaller.
Schwaller’s stone in the eighth end collided with a Swedish rock and started a billiards-style combination, knocking the Swedes out of scoring position and eliminating any chance of scoring the two points they were in position to nab.
However, that shot left the center of the house wide open. And since that’s where all the points are scored, Swedish captain Peja Lindholm only needed to put his final rock on target.
Like making a free throw, essentially.
But Lindholm, one of the world’s best curlers, missed. His rock slid past the blue center button and kept going. Instead of pulling Sweden to 6-4, the Swiss led decisively 7-3.
Early in the ninth, Lindholm conceded when he held his rock and slid all the way down the 146-foot ice sheet. Players are supposed to release the stone after a short slide from the starting hack.
Lindholm stood up and congratulated the Swiss players. His Swedish teammates, meanwhile, returned to their end of the sheet in tears.
On Thursday, a housewife from the small Scottish village of Dunlop led Britain to its first gold medal in the Winter Olympics since Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean’s famed ice dancing victory in 1984.
Britain defeated Switzerland 4-3, with Rhona Martin rolling a 42-pound stone down the ice for the winning rock on the last throw of the tournament.
``It doesn’t show on the outside, but inside your stomach is churning again and again,″ Martin said. ``You’ve just got to get on with it.″
Canada beat the United States 9-5 for the bronze.