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Canada wins gold at Wheelchair Worlds Curling Championship

02/23/2013 10:18 EST | Updated 04/25/2013 05:12 EDT
Canada's wheelchair curlers have captured gold in Sochi.

Team Canada won their third gold medal in four years at the World Wheelchair Curling Championship on Saturday in Russia, beating Sweden's Jalle Jungell 4-3 in the final.

Tied 3-3 in the eighth and final end, Canadian skip Jim Armstrong made a wonderful freeze to a Swedish rock in the back of the four-foot with his first rock. Jungell couldn't remove it, and Armstrong didn't need to throw his last rock.

"We did have our opportunities early in the game and we just never really closed on them," Armstrong said in a press release. "The biggest thing in that final end was keeping that centre open so that I’d have a shot with my last one."

The Canadian team — comprised of Armstrong, Dennis Thiessen of Sanford, Man., Ina Forrest of Armstrong, B.C., and Sonja Gaudet of Vernon, B.C. — had lost to Sweden twice earlier in the week, 8-7 in the round robin on Wednesday, and 6-5 in the Page playoff one-two game on Friday.

But Canada set up a third showdown with Sweden after rallying past Patrick McDonald of the U.S. in Friday’s semifinal.

The 2013 Wheelchair Worlds were the first curling event staged at the Ice Cube, which will play host to the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic curling competitions.

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