Canada-Swiss showdown looms
By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency
Canadian skip Cheryl Bernard will meet Switzerland's Mirjam Ott in the Olympic women's curling semifinals Thursday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rick Eglinton)
VANCOUVER — When this all began, two-time Olympic silver medallist Mirjam Ott of Switzerland was considered the favourite in women’s curling.
Then she lost her first three games. But then she won her next six.
Back when it began, Canada’s Cheryl Bernard made her last rock shot to beat Ott in the first draw of the tournament and win 5-4.
Now they meet again Thursday in the women’s semifinal while Sweden’s defending Olympic champion Anette Norberg meets defending world champion Bingju Wang of China. The winners will meet for gold and the losers for bronze Friday.
“It’s going to be tough,” Bernard said. “We won’t expect a game like we had with them before. We’re going to have to play like we’ve been playing, even a little bit better.”
Ott’s team had to play from the edge of a cliff after losing those first three games.
“It was tough to keep going on,” she said. “But I think we just kept getting better and better as the games went on. We started too nervous maybe in the first few games.”