3 February 2019

Sensational Sahaidak and Lott win thrilling final

© WCF / Céline Stucki

Canada book spot in Beijing's Grand Final.

Young Canadian duo Kadriana Sahaidak and Colton Lott defeated Norway's Kristin Skaslien and Thomas Ulsrud 7-5 to claim the mixed doubles title at Curling World Cup leg three in Jonkoping, Sweden.

It has been a remarkable week for the Manitobans, who arrived without ever winning a title together, to beat four Olympic medallists in Jonkoping.

The pair take home the winners' cheque of $USD 13,250 and book their spot in Beijing’s Grand Final in May.

"It means everything," said 23-year-old, Lott. "We’ve been in a couple of tough finals, we lost the National final in Canada and then we lost the Canad Inns this year.

"So to finally come through in that final it was huge especially being at an international event representing Canada."

An emotional Sahaidak, 19, added: "It’s huge to reach the Grand Final! We’ve both never been to China so we’re going around the world and we’re pretty ecstatic."

Great start sets up Canadian win

After a nervy first end for both teams where Canada picked up one point, two missed takeouts by Ulsrud provided Sahaidak/Lott with a steal opportunity for two at the second end, which they took.

Canada, who had family in the crowd throughout the week, continued to pile the pressure on Norway, and made it back-to-back steals to lead 4-0.

Norway stayed resolute though and responded when Skaslien made her draw to pick up a crucial two points before the fourth-end break.

Norway were restricted to just one from the sixth end and trailed 5-3 behind, but picked up a massive steal of two in the penultimate end.

However, Skaslien's final stone game up short in the last end and handshakes were offered to hand Canada their maiden championship victory.

Skaslien's comes up short

This was the second consecutive Curling World Cup final for Skaslien, after her success with Magnus Nedregotten in Omaha, United States.

The Norwegians pick up a cheque for $USD 8,000 after finishing runners-up and Ulsrud says their start hampered their chances in the end.

"It was a good game," said 47-year-old Ulsrud "I thought we played pretty well in the beginning, but it didn’t show on the score boards.

"I was a little bit heavy on a few of my draws. But after that I think we picked it up and it came down to the last shot. Too little too late is the quote for this game. We were down 4-0 and came back and it was close!"

Skaslien added: "Both teams played well. After the break we picked up our game, but its mixed doubles so anything can happen."

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