March 25, 2012
Swiss take advantage of Korean errors
By Con Griwkowsky, QMI Agency
Switzerland’s Mirjam Ott is headed for uncharted territory.
Saturday night, Ott assured herself of her best-ever finish at the world women’s curling championship.
The unassuming Swiss skip moved into Sunday’s final with a sloppy 9-6 win over Ji-Sun Kim of Korea.
Kim was nowhere near as sharp as she was in the 3-4 game against Canada’s Heather Nedohin. She gave Ott a chance to draw for a three-ender with rollouts on both her shots in the ninth and Ott took advantage.
“It’s just great,” said Ott. “That was a real crazy game. Emotions went up and down. There’s relief that we won.
“I just knew we had to belive in our team and fight and fight," she added. "Korea didn’t play as well as they had in the round-robin and neither did we.”
In the final, Ott will face Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson, a rematch of Fridays’ 1-2 game which Ott lost in an extra end.
“That will be a good game — I hope so,” said Ott. “Right now, we’re just lucky to be in the final.”
Although Ott earned Olympic silver medals in 2002 and 2006, until now her best showing at the Worlds has been a bronze in 2008.
“It would be great to win, but there’s another three hours of curling to play,” said Ott. “We can’t think too much about medals.
”Playing a final in Canada at the Worlds is just awesome.”
It’s been a 29-year drought since Switzerland stood on the winner’s podium.
Gaby Casanova won the inaugural event in 1979 and Erika Muller won Switzerland’s last world championship in 1983.
Korea drops back to the bronze medal game, when Kim faces Nedohin in a rematch of Saturday’s 3-4 game.