Canada's Holland loses to Swedes

Canada's skip Amber Holland calls for sweepers during their gold medal match against Sweden at the...

Canada's skip Amber Holland calls for sweepers during their gold medal match against Sweden at the World Women's Curling Championships in Esbjerg March 27, 2011. (REUTERS/Bob Strong)

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, Last Updated: 2:32 PM ET

Canada's Amber Holland came up short in her bid for the world women's curling title.

Literally.

Holland's draw attempt with the last rock in the 10th end didn't have enough weight, allowing Anette Norberg of Sweden to steal a 7-5 win and her third world championship Sunday in Esbjerg, Denmark. Canada hasn't won the world championship since Jennifer Jones did it in 2008.

Tied 5-5 after nine ends with Canada holding the hammer, Holland looked well on her way to winning on the world stage for the first time. But a couple of Canadian mistakes earlier in the final end, capped off by Holland's miss, allowed the Swedes to take the gold medal.

"We're disappointed," Holland said. "We played a pretty good game. We weren't as sharp off the start as wanted to be and didn't play the 10th end very well. (But) I think for us silver is a great achievement."

The rink from Saskatchewan, with Heather Kalenchuk, Tammy Schnieder and Kim Schneider rounding out the foursome, made a terrific run at the world title after barely getting into the playoffs with a 7-4 record. Holland won the tiebreaker then reeled off two more wins to make it to the final.

But in the end, Norberg, a two-time Olympic champ who was skipping a brand new team, got the breaks when it counted most.

"I'm just thrilled about these girls and how they've performed, and how strong they are as a team after just a few months together," Norberg said. "So I'm really, really proud."

Sweden, the first-place finishers after the round robin, opened the scoring with a single in the first but Canada came back to tally three in the fourth. The teams exchanged singles for the next five ends before Norberg got her steal of two in the 10th.

China's Bingyu Wang beat Denmark's Lene Nielsen 10-9 in the bronze-medal game. Wang's draw to an open house in the first extra end spoiled a spirited comeback by the Danes, who scored the deuce they needed in the 10th to knot it.

"I don't know about thinking too much, it makes me nervous, so I just relaxed and was thinking about the weight of the rock," Wang said of her final shot. "We lost the semifinal and we're so happy for this team to win a bronze medal."


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