Sweden wins Women's Curling title on final stone
Sweden's Annette Norberg drew to the eight foot with her final stone Sunday to shade Team USA 10-9 and retain her World Women's curling title. Norberg became only the fourth repeat champion in the meet's 28 year history. Norway's Dordi Norby won ...
Sweden's Annette Norberg drew to the eight foot with her final stone Sunday to shade Team USA 10-9 and retain her World Women's curling title.
Norberg became only the fourth repeat champion in the meet's 28 year history.
Norway's Dordi Norby won in 1990-91, Sandra Peterson of Canada in 1993-94 and Elisabet Gustafson of Sweden in 1998-99.
It completed an historic year for Norberg who earlier won the European title and Olympic crown.
McCormick had claimed the lone American title in 2003.
It was a see saw match from the start.
The two teams traded points in the first two ends before Norberg went ahead with two in the third.
But Mc McCormick cleared the house with her final rock in the fourth to score four, sending her team to a 5-3 advantage.
It failed to last as Sweden got three in the fifth to regain the lead and stole one in the sixth for a 7-5 advantage.
The pair then traded two spots in the next three ends, McCormick tying the score in the seventh and ninth.
She had two in the house in the tenth when Norberg launched her final rock.
Unfortunately she had an open path into the house and saw her shot stop inches inside the first USA counter at the back of the eight foot for the winning point.
It marked the third win for Norberg over McCormick at the meet. She won the round robin match 8-5 and repeated by the same score in the 1-2 playoff.
McCormick battled back to shade Canada Saturday to gain a berth in the final, only to fall one point short.
Allison Pottinger, Nicole Joraanstad and Bemidji's Natalie Nicholson completed the American rink
It marked the third World entry for Nicholson who had previously curled lead on the Amy Wright and Patti Lank national champs. Joraanstad also was a member of the Lank rink.
Team USA held an 81-79 percentage lead led by Nicholson's 88.
Fellow lead Anna Svard led the Swedes with 86. Norberg shaded McCormick 76-75.
Bemidji's Pete Fenson rink will start action Saturday in the World Men's Championships at Lowell, Mass. Shawn Rojeski, Joe Polo and John Shuster make up the USA champions.
It will mark Fenson's fifth try at the World title, skipping the 2003 and 2005 national champions and curling third on Scott Baird's 92 and 93 rinks.
Baird will be the alternate on this year's team as he was on the Olympic foursome.
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