Watch: No country has ever dominated Olympic curling as Canada has at the Sochi Winter Games. First the women’s team got the gold and now the men’s team. Eric Sorensen reports.
Canada has won 9-3 after eight ends to take home a second gold medal in curling at the Sochi Olympics.
Canadian skip Brad Jacobs led the Canadian team against Great Britain’s David Murdoch, who conceded after playing eight of 10 ends.
Jacobs was firmly in control of the game since the very beginning, when he managed to score a double in the 1st end. He left his last stone vulnerable in the 2nd,though, allowing Murdoch to sneak in a point.
In the 3rd, the British managed to peel three Canadian stones clustered near the button about halfway through the end. But with his last shot, Murdoch tapped his own stone, missing a double and allowing Jacobs to draw for three.
And in the 4th, a measurement gave Canada the steal by a hair to bring the score to 6-1.
In the 6th, Jacobs drew two points and took a commanding 8-2 lead.
Great Britain had trouble sticking a lot of their shots – knocking off an opponent’s stone while keeping your own in place – which caused them to miss chances at extra points. They had a chance at a deuce in the 7th but rolled their shot too far, causing them to only pick up a single point.
After Jacobs brought his score to nine points in the 8th end, Britain conceded the match.
“It’s a dream come true,” Jacobs told CBC in an interview shortly after the flower ceremony. “I’m so proud of the guys, the way they played this week.”
“Great Britain, I’m sorry boys, but curling is our sport,” said second E.J. Harnden.
Watch: Brad Jacobs and his team talk about the adversity they faced early in the tournament, but felt destined to win
The Canadian team of Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden and alternate Caleb Flaxey had nine wins and two losses overall in the tournament in Sochi.
The Canadian women, led by skip Jennifer Jones, also won gold yesterday in their tournament.
Many Canadian fans attended the game, and they were definitely thrilled with the double gold. The hat says it all.