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Third Leg - Jonkoping, Sweden

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THANK YOU AND GOODBYE

As I write this last post, we have an ABBA tribute band on the ice performing: "Winner Takes It All." I could not think of a more unique situation that is perfectly apt.

Jonkoping has been remarkable. A miracle how this local curling club became the centre of the sport's world for five days. The transformation was fabulous.

If you would like to read the reports of our finals, here are the links:

Women's

Men's

Mixed doubles

So we have all nine winners of our Curling World Cup legs. Next stop, Beijing! We’ll see you there for the big one. Until then, good curling!

Hasselborg comments on defeat

We spoke to Anna Hasselborg after her rink's defeat. Here's what she said:

"They really, really played a great game. They think they had the upper hand on the ice reading today and we had some big swings. Just a little on the wrong side of the ice today.

"Last night, even though we made it more exciting that it had to be, I’m happy I did because it was a memory I will cherish for a long time and it’s special to play in front of a Swedish crowd. We are not used to that at all so that was special. This week has been great and I think Sweden really showed we can put on a good show and I hope we will bring some great events here in the future. I’m very proud of home country for putting this together.

"If we are heading to Beijing, I am very happy for that. It is the biggest money competition in the history of curling. To be where it all happens, it will be amazing."

Winning skip reacts to title

Korea skip Minji Kim said: "I am very happy. In Omaha the loss was hard so since then we have worked hard. We will practice very hard for the Grand Final in Beijing.

"I am even more happy to win this after losing in the second leg. We tried to concentrate on our own game. This experience has made us be in good shape for the world juniors."

The winning moment for Korea...
1819: Final completed

We have spoken to skips Minji Kim and Anna Hasselborg, but let's recap on what has been a truly tremendous final. Korea, take a bow. You've been marvellous to watch this week.

A word on Sweden, who have had the crowd on their feet throughout the five days here in Jonkoping. Credits to the sport and their country.

KOREA WIN!

TEAM MINJI KIM HAVE DONE IT! Korea are through to Beijing after beating the Olympic champions. What a stunning week.

Lots of reaction to come from both skips.

1754: Last end coming up

A chance for two is offered to Anna Hasselborg, but her draw is too long and she will have to make do with just one point.

Sweden go into the last end 6-4 down and without the hammer. It's a long shot from here.

However, Korea gave the Omaha final away from a winning position. Minji Kim said she has improved her nerves since, can she prove that?

Action shot

Our photographer, Celine Stucki, captured this great picture of Sweden second, Agnes Knochenbauer, before the match got under way.

1723: Mini-win for Sweden

Sweden are battling hard out there and they are rewarded with a steal of one. Korea's Minji Kim throws away her last stone and surrenders the steal.

However, maybe more importantly, they keep the hammer going into the even sixth end.

It's 4-3 and the way today's finals have gone, we're due for a twist in the tale at some point...

1703: Fourth-end break

Anna Hasselborg draws for one point just before the fourth-end break, but they trail 4-2 and need a storming second half.

Both teams are deep in conversation with their coaches. Straight faces and intently listening to every word. Fist bumps finish the break and Korea will have the hammer in the fifth.

Four more ends left in Jonkoping. Will we get a home winner or can Korea become the second team of the day to stun the Swedes?

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