— John Lehmann (@JohnLehmann) February 20, 2014
Here are the women’s team accepting flowers after their historic win:
— Katie Tsuyuki (@KatieTsuyuki) February 20, 2014
The score: 6-3
Canada wins gold after a flawless games.
Jennifer Jones’s stole two points in the ninth to take a three-point lead, and never looked back.
But the turning point of the game may have been in the eighth, when Canada took the lead by a fraction of an inch, following two ends with no score.
Canada scored twice in the fourth to take the lead, but Sweden responded with two of their own to tie the game at the break.
And earlier, after some mistakes from both sides in the second end, Sweden made a difficult shot to bring the score to 1-1. There was no score in the third. The Canadians scored first, taking a 1-0 lead after one end.
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Canada hasn’t won a gold medal in women’s curling since the late Sandra Schmirler brought her team to first in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.
The women’s team skipped by Jennifer Jones is undefeated in Sochi. Sweden lost two games in the round robin.
Canada sailed through the semi-finals with a 6-4 win over Britain. “It’s crazy to think that we’re going to be on that podium, I’m not going to lie,” said a smiling Jones, who clapped her hands in celebration as she arrived to talk to reporters.
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