Team Canada came close to taking home the gold, but they had to settle for the silver medal after Sweden won the gold medal match 8-6 to take the top spot for the fourth consecutive year. Team Canada knocked off the United States in the semifinal round to earn their way to the gold medal game.
It was an impressive run for Team Canada, with dominant victories on their way to the gold medal game and a close match in the finals, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the powerhouse Swedish team. Canada jumped out to a 3-0 in the early going of the final match, after skip Brad Gushue scored a point with a nose-hit and Canada was able to steal two points after Swedish skip Niklas Edin missed his hit in Sweden’s second end. Edin bounced back in the third end to pick up two points for Sweden with a stay, and Gushue pushed his stone wide attempting to tap a Swedish stone off the button to give the Swedes another point to tie the game.
Canada held a 4-3 lead going into the break, but Edin was able to play a hit and stay for two points to give Sweden their first lead of the game. Canada bounced back and eventually took the lead again by the score of 6-5, but Gushue nosed his shot in the ninth end to give the vital last stone to the Swedes in the tenth end. Gushue’s last shot in the end didn’t curl as he wanted it two, giving the Swedes two points, the victory, and the gold medal.
If you’ve been keeping up with the results at your favourite online gambling site, you’ll have already seen that the Canadians steamrolled their way to the gold medal game. They crushed Korea 10-2 in an early round robin session, as well as edging out Scotland 8-6 and rolling over Denmark 9-2 in other round robin games to earn a bye through the quarterfinal round. They trounced the United States 8-5 in the semifinals to move on to the gold medal game. There is no shame in losing to the Swedish team and it doesn’t take anything away from their impressive overall performance.
Canada’s last victory in the World Men’s Curling Championship came in 2017 when they won over the Swedes, and they also took home the gold in 2016. In the 63 times the event has taken place, Canada has by far the most gold medals with 36, including winning the first six in a row before the United States finally got one in 1965. The Canadians also have 12 silver medals and seven bronzes to their credit, meaning they’ve made it to the podium in 55 of the 63 championship tournaments.
While Canada will have to try again in 2023 for another crack at gold in the World Men’s Curling Championship, they won’t have to wait long for the next major event. The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship is slated for April 23-30 in Geneva Switzerland, and of course Canada will be represented. Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant will make up the Canadian team for this event, and as always the Canadians are among the favorites at the best sports betting sites in Canada to take home the gold.
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