Switzerland wins world curling gold on dramatic double

The Canadian Press
3/25/2012 11:07:12 PM
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LETHBRIDGE, Alta. -- Switzerland's Mirjam Ott won the gold medal at the Ford Women's World Curling Championship with a 7-6 win over Sweden's Margaretha Sigfriddson on Sunday.

It was the first women's world championship for Ott and the first for Switzerland since 1983 when Erika Mueller was victorious in Moose Jaw, Sask.

Swiss women have won a total of three titles, with Gaby Casanova winning the inaugural world championship in 1979 in Perth, Scotland.

Ott is a two-time Olympic silver medallist, but the Swiss skip had never played in a world final before Sunday. Her previous best result was a bronze medal in 2008.

Ott made a tap for two points in the 10th end for the win Sunday.

"It feels just great, really great, we're so emotional," Ott said. "I've been waiting a long while and we finally did it, I'm so happy for the team. It is really great to win in Canada and the crowds were cheering for us and for good shots."

Ott, third Carmen Schaefer, second Carmen Kueng and lead Janine Greiner represent the Davos Curling Club.

They'd lost to the Swedes in both the preliminary round and a playoff game, but beat them when the stakes were the highest.

"It was a really good game, but we feel sad of course," Sigfriddson said. "We needed to do a little bit more but it was a really good game and what we had wasn't enough."

Earlier Sunday, Canada's Heather Nedohin won bronze with a 9-6 win over South Korea.

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