Canada set golden seal on perfect run

Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:50pm EST
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By Keith Weir

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Canada's women clinched Olympic curling gold for the first time since 1998 when they extended their perfect record in Sochi to 11 games on Thursday by beating defending champions Sweden.

Canada, home to the majority of the world's curlers, could make it a double on Friday when their men play Britain in the final. No country has won both gold medals at an Olympics.

Led by skip Jennifer Jones, Canada beat Sweden 6-3 to avenge a bitter defeat in the final in Vancouver four years ago when they had looked set for gold.

Jones was not part of that team, having missed out on selection for the last two Olympics.

"I don't think the magnitude of it has really sunk in yet. It's been so emotional," said Jones, a lawyer by profession.

"We are Olympic gold medalists, it is something that you dream of your entire life. It is what every athlete wants to do and we did it."

Canada are the first women's team to win an Olympics with a perfect record. Their men's team did it in 2010.

Canada had overpowered Sweden 9-3 in a preliminary group game last week but this was a much closer encounter and was all square until the closing stages.   Continued...

Canada's lead Dawn McEwen (L) and second Jill Officer prepare to sweep as skip Jennifer Jones (R) delivers a stone in their women's gold medal curling game against Sweden at the Ice Cube Curling Centre during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics February 20, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica