Skaslien and Nedregotten triumphant in Grand Final gold-medal match
Norway proved too good for the Canadian pair in the mixed doubles final.
Norway’s Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten won the inaugural Curling World Cup Grand Final by beating Canada’s Laura Walker and Kirk Muyres 8-3 in Beijing.
The Olympic bronze medallists produced a dominant display to capture gold and have earned $USD 22,500 for their terrific performances at the Shougang Arena this week.
“It feels amazing! I felt like I was on auto-pilot out there,” said an estastic Skaslien. "I can remember a few shots but just decided to go for it and it worked really well for me today.
"To be in three finals in a row, and winning two of them, it has been an awesome season. From being a pretty good curler to winning titles – I don’t know what happened.”
In the battle of the leg winners, it was Canada who took first blood with a steal of one but from thereon in, Skaslien and Nedregotten played an array of outstanding shots to take control of the contest.
A score of three in the second end was instantly backed up with a steal of one in the following end to give the Oppdal-based duo a healthy advantage.
But Skaslien’s pick through the port in the fifth end to score two had the spectators in the arena in amazement and set up a championship win, which she secured with a hit for two in the seventh end.
The Canadian pair of Walker and Muyres, who leave Beijing with $USD 13,500 winnings, had played a number of terrific games throughout their week in Beijing, and despite being disappointed with the silver medal, Alberta-based Walker was proud of their work across the five days in China.
“We are pretty happy to reach the final here in Beijing, but they played the better shots over the course of the game. We had a lot of must-win games this week and have to be pleased with the way we played.”
“We just missed the wrong shots and wasn’t precise with my rock positioning. When we had the right weight, we didn’t have the correct line and when we had the right line, we didn’t have a correct weight,” added Walker.