4 years in the past, the Swedish males’s curling group watched as a group of People exulted in successful their nation’s first curling gold. It was a bitter upset they didn’t neglect.
Eight years after successful a bronze medal and 4 years after settling for silver, Sweden on Saturday lastly has its first curling gold.
It got here after a good match in opposition to Britain, which additionally was on the lookout for its first gold medal in curling because the sport made its official return to the Video games in 1998. Britain had gained the primary curling gold awarded, on the 1924 Video games in Chamonix, France, earlier than the game promptly disappeared from the Olympic program for 74 years.
The ultimate rating was 5-4, a victory sealed by regular play by the golds and one ultimate daring try by Britain that simply missed its mark.
Britain’s silver was its first medal of any variety on the Beijing Video games. Canada gained the bronze on Friday, defeating america.
Sweden’s win was notably gratifying for Niklas Edin, among the finest curlers on the planet. At 36, he rallied from a historical past of accidents to pursue one other Video games.
“I assume it places numerous further stress on you, since you don’t get too many possibilities at these,” he stated in an interview in January.
Eden has dozens of plaques and trophies piled up in his dwelling in Karlstad, Sweden, however retains his two Olympic medals in a glass cupboard. Now, with the gold he has chased for a decade, he has an entire set.