Norway skip hits world milestone

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

PAISLEY, Scotland -- Norway's Dordi Nordby reached a milestone here this week which will not soon be matched.

Nordby, competing in her 18th world women's curling championship, earned her 100th round-robin victory as a skip on Saturday.

The next closest competitor in terms of victories is Andrea Schopp of Germany (65 wins), who has not been to the worlds since 2001, while Elisabet Gustafson of Sweden, who last competed in 2000, has 48 wins.

Six-time Canadian champion Colleen Jones has 37 wins.

"Now I have 103, actually," Nordby said after a 9-2 win yesterday morning over Finland at the Lagoon Leisure Centre. "It's good because I played third (for Trine Trulsen in 1982 and 1989) a lot of years, so you can add some there. It's an honour to have this number."

Nordby, a two time world champion (1990 and '91), admits much of her success comes from the fact that there are precious few other competitive skips in her home country and therefore she qualifies easily for the European championships each year.

In fact, her third, Linn Githmark, is her only real opponent.

"We are put together two weeks before the worlds," Nordby said. "We played together last worlds and we practise together and go into different tournaments together and have a system."

Nordby, 40, doesn't intend to quit any time soon.

"Maybe I'm halfway now," she laughed. "After the Olympics in 2010, maybe, maybe not."


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