8 February 2019

Top five shots from Jonkoping

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We have picked five shots which made your jaw drop in Sweden.

It was a week full of high-end drama, wonderful shot play and excellent contests. We pick out the best five shots after five days of action inside Jonkoping Curling Club.

Becca Hamilton – UNITED STATES v China

“That’s a peach!” was Matt Hamilton’s reaction to his sister’s pinpoint precision shot to pick the shot stone off the button.

The result was hugely important at the time and Becca executed it to perfection, to steal one in the last end and win the game 6-5 over China.

Mao Ishigaki – JAPAN v United States

No shot got more of a reaction on social media than Japan second Mao Ishigaki’s dream take-out, which cleared the house.

The execution stunned commentators, Rhona Martin and Sander Roelvaag, and most of the crowd, and helped limit United States to just one in the final end to ensure an 8-5 victory for Japan.

Niklas Edin – SWEDEN v United States

Sweden skip Niklas Edin, 33, cut the figure of a motivated man during his home leg. The world champion produced a delightful raise double take-out to leave four and pile the pressure on United States in a must-win encounter. The Swedes ended up winning via a shoot-out, keeping them in the running for a final spot.

Colton Lott – CANADA v Norway

23-year-old Colton Lott and his 19-year-old partner, Kadriana Sahaidak, burst on to the scene in Jonkoping and it was because of shots like this.

In the final’s fourth end against Omaha winner Kristin Skaslien and the legendary Thomas Ulsrud, Manitoban Lott produced a superb double take-out, which left the Canadians lying three.

The young duo rarely put a stone in the wrong place throughout the week and went on to win the final 7-5.

Minji Kim – KOREA v Sweden

Korean skip Minji Kim came so close to winning in Omaha but her nerves got the better of her on that occasion and the 19-year-old was determined to put that to bed in Jonkoping.

This was evident in her winning shot against Sweden in the final, registering a composed double take-out and, as a result, booking her team’s ticket to Beijing.

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