February 21

Canada claims gold in Olympic men’s curling

The victory follows Canada’s win over Sweden in the women’s competition.

By Steve Douglas
Ap Sports Writer

SOCHI, Russia – Canada won a third straight Olympic title in men’s curling on Friday, overwhelming Britain in a 9-3 victory in eight ends to secure the country’s sweep of the gold medals at the Ice Cube.

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Canada’s men’s curling team as seen clockwise, Brad Jacobs, Ryan Harnden, Ryan Fry and E.J. Harnden celebrate after beating Britain to win the men’s curling gold medal game.

The Associated Press

Canada beat Sweden in the women’s final on Thursday.

Playing in their trademark aggressive manner, Brad Jacobs’ Canadian team pounced on a string of mistakes by Britain to take a 6-1 lead after four ends. The British conceded with two ends still available because of the large points differential.

The result matched the heaviest margin of victory in a men’s Olympic final.

After starting the round robin 1-2, Jacobs’ rink won eight straight games to live up to the lofty expectations of a country where curling is the No. 2 sport behind ice hockey.

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