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Monday, July 22, 2024

Curling team loses to Canada

Norway’s popular curling team had to settle for silver once again, after losing their final match against Canada in the World Championships in Cortina on Sunday.

The Norwegians also lost to Canada at the Olympics in February, but had a lot of fun along the way and entertained sports fans with their unusual checkered trousers that attracted worldwide attention.

Their curling skills remain worthy of attention as well, though, after the Norwegians enjoyed a long list of victories in last week’s World Championship action. Norway had won six matches in a row by mid-week, followed that up with victories against China and Scotland, and even beat Canada in a qualifying match on Thursday.

When they beat Scotland in the semi-finals the stage was set for a repeat of the Olympic showdown, but the Canadians dominated. They got off to a great start, establishing a lead of 3-0 that left Norway with what newspaper Aftenposten called “the worst possible start” to the World Championship final.

Both Norway and Canada had to do without their skips from the Olympic competition, with Kevin Koe on Canada’s side instead of Kevin Martin, while Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud had to deal with an illness in his family back home. That left Torger Nergård (photo) of Norway tackling his first World Championship as skip.

The Canadians ended up winning 9-3.

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