Posted at 10:24 pm on April 7, 2013
Niklas Edin, skip of Team Sweden, is the 2013 World Men’s Curling Champion! The young skip was top of the field all week, and topped off the week by besting Canada’s Brad Jacobs 8-6 in the gold medal game.
After Canada has falled behind 4-1 early in the game, Jacobs looked like he might be mounting a comeback. Jacobs managed to score two points in the fourth end to pull within 1 point, and after a strong fifth end, it looked like Canada was ready to pounce.
But Sweden had other plans. Led by stellar shot making by their skip, the Swedes stole a point in the sixth end to extend their lead. A deuce by Sweden in the eighth end put the game out of reach for Canada.
For Canada, the loss ends a three year gold streak for Canada at the Men’s world championship. It is also one of a handful of rare occurrences when Canada fails to win gold at either the men’s or women’s world championships.
Niklas Edin becomes the first Swedish skip to win the world championship since Peja Lindholm accomplished the feat back in 2004. Fittingly, Lindholm served as coach for this years’ Swedish champs.