Curling Gold Medal Match: Top Story Lines
• Sweden is really good. Niklas Edin, the team’s 32-year-old skip (which is the designation that goes to the player who maps out the team’s strategy and throws the most important shots), led the Swedes to bronze at the 2014 Winter Olympics. But it is gold or bust here in Pyeongchang.
In round robin play, Sweden defeated the United States, 10-4. But the Swedes have not been infallible. They lost matches to Switzerland and Norway before advancing to the medal round.
• About that remarkable run by the Americans. At one point in robin round play, they were 2-4 and on the brink of elimination. But they won three straight matches, including one against Canada, to slip into the medal round, and they upset the Canadians (again) in Thursday’s semifinal.
Afterward, the American curler Matt Hamilton said he would celebrate with a McFlurry.
• You may have heard that this has been a semi-disastrous Olympics for the Canadians. Entering the Games here, the Canadian men’s and women’s had never gone without a medal in any single Olympic curling event: 10 for 10, including the last three gold medals in the men’s curling competition.
But the rest of the world has been chipping away at Canada’s dominance. The women failed to advance out of pool play, and the men lost to Switzerland on Friday in the match to award the bronze.