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Sweden wins women’s title at Europeans

November 30, 2013

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Sweden warmed up for the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February by beating Scotland 10-5 to win the women’s title at the European Curling Championship on Saturday, and Switzerland defeated host nation Norway to capture gold in the men’s tournament.

Margaretha Sigfridsson’s rink avenged its defeat by the Scots in the round-robin games by scoring three at the last end to win the women’s final by a convincing margin.

“The gold medal wasn’t the most important thing but we wanted to have a good result at this tournament and it was fantastic to do this,” said Sigfridsson, whose teammates were Maria Wennerstrom, Christina Bertrup and Maria Prytz.

Scotland, skipped by Eve Muirhead, was the favorite after beating Sweden in the world final in March and reaching the European final by winning 10 straight games.

“That was pretty sore,” Muirhead said. “We just didn’t seem to be as sharp as we had been for the rest of the week.”

Switzerland won the women’s bronze medal after beating Denmark 6-4, hours before the country’s men’s rink stunned the home crowd in Stavanger with an 8-6 win over the Norwegians.

“Our goal was to reach the playoffs and everything that came after was a bonus,” Switzerland skip Sven Michel said. “It happened and everything is great.”

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