Story and Photographs by Glenn ivens (ISN)
April 7, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin, third Sebastian Kraupp, second Fredric Lindberg and lead Viktor Kjäll ended Canada’s gold medal streak at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship with an 8-6 victory on Sunday at Save On Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, BC.
The victory makes it 2 gold medals in a 3-week span in the city of Victoria for Sweden. The Edin rink also won the Victoria Curling Classic on March 24.
Sweden, who started the week slowly but came on strong in the later half of the round robin, came into the game as slight favorites over the Canadian team of skip Brad Jacobs, third Ryan Fry, second EJ Harnden and lead Ryan Harnden.
Viktor Kräll celebrates after Sweden won the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 8-6 over Canada on Sunday in Victoria, BC. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Niklas Edin commanded Sweden to a Gold medal on Sunday at the 2013 Ford Men’s World Curling Championship in Victoria, BC. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
“We really had a good game in the final, that day of rest was really important to us” remarked Edin. “We got to enjoy the Silver medal, that was secured, and then really regroup and play the best curling we could play here in the final.”
While Sweden was on top of their game, Canada, who battled hard till the final rock, seemed to not be able to get a break.
Canada’s Brad Jacobs battled throughout the final but came up on the short end of an 8-6 decision to Sweden at the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Ryan Fry gives his view of the shot he would like to see skip Brad Jacobs to execute during the Gold medal game of the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Victoria, BC. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
“I am proud of the way the guys played in front of me,” commented Jacobs, “we were just on the wrong side of the inch today. Full credit to Sweden, they were bang on today. We tried to stick with it as long as we could, but like I said we were on the wrong side of the inch.”
This is the first World Championship, and 6th over all, for Sweden since 2004 when Peja Lindholm won it at home in Gäyle, Sweden. Edin’s team became the first to win both the European and World Championships in the same season.
Canada can hold it’s head high, bringing home the country’s 49th medal in the 55 year history of the Worlds and hold the record for Gold medals with 34.
Sweden march down the ice after defeating Canada 8-6 at the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship on Sunday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The 2014 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship is scheduled for Beijing, China with the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship scheduled for March 15 to 23 in Saint John, N.B. To purchase tickets, go to: www.curling.ca/2014worlds