Canada romp to gold

Eurosport - Sun, 11 Apr 17:43:00 2010

Canada skip Kevin Koe paid tribute to his rink after they crushed Norway 9-3 to claim the title at the men's World Curling Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

CURLING Canada skip Kevin Koe reacts during the World Championship final against Norway - 0

It was a rematch of the Olympic final in Vancouver, although neither side had the same skips on the ice.

Norway - led by Nergrd Torger, after Olympic silver medallist Thomas Elsrud had to fly home to attend a family emergency on the eve of the tournament - were never in contention as Koe, Nolan Thiessen, Carter Rycroft and Blake MacDonald stormed into an early lead.

They picked up a three on the opening end to establish an advantage they never lost, tactically making that lead count with every end that followed.

"It's an awesome feeling to be a world champion," said Koe.  "This has been a dream week for this team and we're so happy to have achieved the goal we set.

"Norway are one of the best teams in the world and our game plan was simple, we just tried not to get into too much trouble.

"We wanted to get that lead and we were delighted to keep it the whole way.

"Every time we had a chance, we made it and that says a lot about this team.”

Earlier, defending champions Scotland - led by skip Warwick Smith - beat the United States to claim bronze.

More Than The Games / Eurosport

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