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Sweden men win curling gold

Four years ago, the Swedish men’s curling team watched as a team of Americans exulted as they won their country’s first curling gold medal. It was a bitter upheaval that they did not forget.

Eight years after winning a bronze medal and four years after settling for silver, Sweden finally won its first curling gold on Saturday.

It came after a close game against Great Britain, who were also seeking their first gold medal in curling since the sport made its official return to the Games in 1998. Britain had won the first gold medal curling awarded at the 1924 Games in Chamonix, France. , before the sport quickly disappeared from the Olympic program for 74 years.

The final score was 5-4, a victory sealed by a steady game of gold medals and a daring last attempt by Great Britain that narrowly missed its mark.

Britain’s silver was their first medal of any kind at the Beijing Games. Canada won the bronze medal on Friday, beating the United States.

Sweden’s victory was particularly gratifying for Niklas Edin, one of the best curlers in the world. At 36, he recovered from a history of injuries to pursue other Games.

“I guess it puts a lot of extra pressure on you, because you don’t have too many chances,” he said in a January interview.

Eden has dozens of plaques and trophies piled up in her home in Karlstad, Sweden, but keeps her two Olympic medals in a display case. Now, with the gold he’s been chasing for a decade, he’s got a full package.

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