January 17, 2011
Same old, same old
By CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - Thomas Ulsrud may have won over the crowd when his team walked out for its final match with those fancy Norwegian pants.
But, in the end, after officials made his team change back to basic black, Ulsrud lost his skins match to Kevin Martin.
As his rock was cruising down in the seventh end for what looked like a routine tapback double and a shot at five skins, the unthinkable happened.
“I was a touch tight on the broom,” said Ulsrud. “Halfway down, I was sure I had it. I felt kinda stupid, actually because I turned over to the World bench and called out ‘show me the money.’ Oopsie.”
That allowed Martin to steal 35 skins, the win and a $13,000 bonus for his team.
“As so many times before, it turned out Kevin won it,” said Ulsrud.
“It just caps off the week for the Worlds, though. It was close, but on the wrong side of the inch.”
The rich just got richer and Team North America scored the most lopsided win in Continental Cup history, 298-102.
“I had that makeable shot in six,” said Martin. “He had a makeable shot in seven.”
Show me the money?
“That might have been a bit premature,” said Martin. “Thomas is a character. He would make that shot more than he misses, so we were a little lucky”
Earlier in the day, Olympic silver-medallist Cheryl Bernard took the last six skins in a 42-13 win over China’s Bingyu Wang.
Bernard’s team showed some come-from-behind ability that may have Martin shaking in his boots when the teams meet in the first round of the TSN Skins game later this week.
“I’m hopin’ I do,” said Bernard. “We were starting to figure it out and knowing what to do. We have nothing to lose. They have a lot.”
Team North America won $65,000, Team World took home $26,000.