FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2018
U.S. women earn silver, men take bronze at World Senior Championships
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The Margie Smith and Jeff Wright rinks both made the podium today at the World Senior Championships as the U.S. women earned silver and the men won bronze in Ostersund, Sweden.
It was a historic day for the U.S. women as this was the first time the U.S. played in the gold-medal game at the World Seniors. Smith (Shoreview, Minn.) and teammates Norma O’Leary (Silver Bay, Minn.), Debbie Dexter (St. Paul, Minn.), and Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.) got off to a slow start against Canada’s Sherry Anderson rink, which went on to win the country’s record 12th gold medal at this event with the 5-4 triumph. Switzerland defeated host Sweden, 5-3, to win the women’s bronze medal.
“Well, it’s silver not gold, but it’s better than bronze,” said Smith, who won bronze in 2014. “It’ll take a while, we didn’t bring our best game. This morning [in the semifinal], we brought a pretty good game and made a lot of shots, the girls played well. In the first four ends I thought we were in there all the time. It was just a shot here, a shot there. Even though we were down by three or four, I thought it was closer than that. Canada played awesome so hats off to them.”
Wright and teammates Russ Armstrong (Lake Bluff, Ill.), Sean Silver (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), Steve Waters (Evanston, Ill.) and Russ Brown (Lake Forest, Ill.) bounced back from a semifinal loss to Sweden earlier today to defeat Scotland’s Gordon Muirhead rink, 7-2, to secure the bronze medals at Ostersund Arena.
“Bronze medal – not what we were looking for, but very happy to medal,” Wright said. “In the semifinal, Sweden just played magnificently. We tried to stay with them as good as we could. It was a good game and we were just one shot away from being on the other side of that. In that game, we were hitting on all cylinders, we were controlling the position of the rocks and it just went our way.”
Canada’s Wade White rink defeated the two-time defending champs from Sweden, 8-2, to secure its world-leading 10th World Senior gold. It was the first gold medal, however, since 2014 – the longest gap the Canadian men went without winning this event since it began in 2002. Final scores and rankings are posted at http://www.worldcurling.org/wscc2018.
Line score, women’s gold medal:
USA women 000 100 12 – 4
*Canada 111 011 00 – 5
Line score, men’s bronze medal:
Scotland 100 100 xx – 2
USA men 001 033 xx – 7
*last stone in first end
Men’s semifinal scores: Canada 9, Scotland 3; Sweden 6, USA 4
Men’s gold medal score: Canada 8, Sweden 2
Women’s semifinal scores: Canada 7, Switzerland 5; USA 6, Sweden 3
Women’s bronze medal score: Switzerland 5, Sweden 3
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