Sweet first for golden Swiss
By Con Griwkowsky, QMI Agency
|Switzerland skip Mirjam Ott jumps in the air after winning during their gold medal game against Sweden. (REUTERS/Andy Clark)
LETHBRIDGE — The first time is the sweetest.
In a final that featured a couple of skips who had never stepped onto the winners’ podium, Switzerland’s Mirjam Ott finally struck gold.
Ott defeated Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson 7-6 in a back-and-forth world women’s curling final.
Ott’s best previous showing at the women’s worlds was a bronze medal in 2008, but she was not to be denied Sunday. She’s also a two-time Olympic silver medallist.
“It’s a nice win,” said Ott. “We didn’t have a gold medal at the worlds. We knew it would be a close game. We had to fight real hard.
“It’s really great because it was a good game. We had an awesome week. Everything went fine for us.
“It’s always nice to be on top. When the team returns to Davos ... we will have a great big party.”
In their two previous meetings this week, Sigfridsson has come out the winner. Ott sealed the deal with a tap for two in the 10th, the fifth lead change of the game.
“I knew we had a good chance to score two,” said Ott. “I’d just played the same spot and threw it a little bit more heavy.”
The win was Switzerland first since 1983 and third overall after their win at the inaugural world women’s event in 1979.
“Reaching the final was great for us,” said Ott. “We knew we already had a medal, so we could just play our game and try make it from silver to gold.”
Sigfridsson who had to go home with her second women’s world silver after finishing runner-up in 2002.
“It swung a bit back and forth,” said Sigfridsson. “Both teams played really well and it was a fun game. Unfortunately, we didn’t play as good as we had to.”
EXTRA ENDS: Winner of the Frances Brodie Award for sportsmanship, as voted by the players, was skip Eve Muirhead of Scotland ... Total attendance of 55,401 was the second-highest in Canada for a world women’s championship.