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2022 Winter Olympics: Niklas Edin passes Sweden to curling gold, Great Britain 2nd


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Five-time world champion. Olympic bronze medalist. Olympic silver medalist.

And now, at last, Niklas Edin of Sweden has won the only major title missing in a career in which he established himself as the most decorated captain in curling history.

Four years after losing in the Pyeongchang Games final to American upstart John Shuster, Edin led Sweden to gold on Saturday, beating Great Britain 5-4 in the men’s first extra final of the Olympic history.

With the medal podium already in place and Canada poised to reclaim the bronze they had won on Friday by ending repeated American hopes, Edin took advantage of the last rock in the first set. tiebreaker and placed his penultimate stone in the center of the target area.

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Sweden’s Rasmus Wranaa, left, and Sweden’s Niklas Edin cheer on during the men’s curling final match between Great Britain and Sweden at the Beijing Winter Olympics, Saturday, February 19, 2022, in Beijing.
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When British captain Bruce Mouat failed to knock him out on a ricochet, the Swedes clinched him. They paused – it’s not polite to celebrate an opponent’s failure – then let out a shout.

Their alternates and coaches rushed to the ice to join in the celebration.

In four trips to the Olympics, Edin has finished — in order: fourth, third, second and first. Joining him this time are Oskar Eriksson, Rasmus Wranå and Christoffer Sundgren.

Eriksson, who won the mixed doubles bronze medal, is the first person to win two medals in curling at the Olympics. He also beat Mouat in the mixed doubles third place match.

The Brits won silver – their first medal of the Beijing Games, but not gold which would have been the sport’s first for the homeland since curling returned to the Olympic program in 2002. They will have another chance against Japan Sunday in the women’s final. .

Sweden opened a 3-1 lead with two runs in the second end and a steal in the third. Still up 3-2, Edin shut out the fifth and sixth – intentionally taking zero points to maintain the last-rock advantage.

The British stole one in the seventh to equalize 3-3, then Sweden scored one in the eighth. Britain threw their last stone through an empty house in the ninth to have the final rock, known as the hammer, in the 10th.

Sweden knocked out Britain’s yellow stones in the final innings of regulation, and Mouat drew on the button to send the game into extra innings. But the Swedes had the hammer in the 11th, and Edin converted.

The Swedes were scheduled to face Switzerland in the women’s bronze medal game later on Saturday.

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