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How Swede it is Issue 66 –– Thursday, Thursday, March March 25, 25, 2010 2010 •• An An Official Official Publication Publication of of the the Canadian Canadian Curling Curling Association. Association. Issue

With two wins Wednesday, Cecilia Ostlund’s Swedish crew has climbed right back into the hunt at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship.

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anada and Scotland will head to the wire neckand-neck with a collision for round-robin bragging rights on tap tonight at the Credit Union Iplex and playoffs looming in the Ford World women’s curling championship. Scotland’s Eve Muirhead, who calls Blair Atholl home, moved even with Canada on Wednesday night, upending Erika Brown of the U.S.A. 7-4. The win assured Muirhead of playoff action following today’s final three round-robin draws. “We’re looking forward to playing Canada,” said Muirhead. “Everyone likes to play against the home nation. “It’s going to be a tough game for us. Jennifer (Canada skip Jones) is a great player. We’ll try to eliminate all the little things going on round about us and really focus on what we have to do.” Muirhead said she never has beaten Jones in “three or four meetings”. Meanwhile, Brown said she wouldn’t change anything in terms of strategy in her run for a playoff berth today.

“We’ll stick with what we’re doing, we just have to make more shots,” said the U.S. skip. With the top teams cruising along at 8-and-1, the loss for Brown left the Yanks in a three-way snarl at 6-and-3 with Sweden’s Cecilia Ostlund and Germany’s Andrea Schoepp, who dealt Canada its only defeat of piece earlier in the day. Six teams remained with at least an outside shot at the four playoff berths and here’s how they’ll play it out today: Canada (8-1) — 8:30 a.m. Russia (4-5), 7:30 p.m. Scotland (8-1) Scotland (8-1) — 1:30 p.m. Russia (4-5), 7:30 p.m. Canada (8-1) U.S.A. (6-3) — 8:30 a.m. Sweden (6-3), 1:30 p.m. China (5-4) Sweden (6-3) — 8:30 a.m. U.S.A. (6-3), 7:30 p.m. China

Garmisch Partinkirchen’s Andrea Schoepp beat Canada 8-7 in an extra end Wednesday. (5-4) Germany (6-3) — 1:30 p.m. Latvia (1-8), 7:30 p.m. Switzerland (2-7) China (5-4) — 1:30 p.m. U.S.A. (6-3), 7:30 p.m. Sweden (6-3) In other late action on Wednesday, defending champion China won its fourth straight match and remained an outside threat for a playoff or tiebreaker by stealing a 9-7 extra-end verdict from Russia. It was China’s second straight game-theft of the day. Germany followed up on its afternoon win over Canada by thumping Japan’s Moe Meguro 7-5 and Denmark pummelled rookie Latvia 13-1.

“I feel so great for my team,” said Chinese skip Bingyu Wang. “Tomorrow may be the last two games, but we don’t have a good start so I hope we have a good ending.” China led early in a topsy-turvy tilt but wound up with two rocks in the four-foot in an 11th end and Wang played a perfect lastrock guard. Russian skip Anna Sidorova questionably eschewed an open button with the out-turn and chose an in-turn to draw up to the Chinese pair but the rock hung out and rubbed away leaving both enemy stones standing up for the win. “I hope we will go into the playoffs,” said Wang, who won

the title a year ago at Gangneung, Korea. “But I think we should be our ourselves. “We have shown a mentality and good teamwork to come back. Every time you should do your best and it doesn’t matter how many games you lose.” China earlier stole the 10th end to nudge Norway’s Linn Githmark 8-7 when the Norwegian skip was heavy on a last-rock draw to the four-foot ring.. Canada’s Jones suffered her first defeat when German skip Schoepp traversed a guard with her last shot and executed a precise takeout for an 8-7 extra-end win. “I love to play here in Canada,” said Schoepp, a veteran of 17

world championships, afterward. “It’s a great atmosphere. Canadian spectators are really great and really friendly and really fair.” What was it like to beat Team Canada in Canada? “I have no idea. Ask them,” she said with a chuckle. “I never think about winning the event. I go there and hope we are doing good and we will see how it ends. But I never think about winning it. I hope to win but I never think about what the feeling would be. “ Schoepp has won the title once, back in 1988.

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“I want to win and it doesn’t matter who I’m playing,” she said. “There are one, two, three teams that I really think about who I’m playing, Canada is not in that group. The rest? I just want to win. “It is not about rivalries but some teams I’m kind of having problems with. It’s nothing more than the way those teams play. It makes it more difficult to play against them and you have to be aware of that.” Jones took a three-count in the third for a 3-1 lead but Germany quickly replied with three of their own in the fourth. Canada again took the lead with a fifth-end deuce and maintained control through the ninth end when Schoepp finagled a go-ahead deuce. Germany then forced Canada to settle for the tying point in the 10th end. Schoepp executed a clutch runback takeout with her first of the extra. Jones attempted an inturn bury but her rock over-curled and was left vulnerable to Schoepp’s last out-turn. “It wasn’t our sharpest game but I thought they played well and she made a nice shot to win,” said Jones. “We’ll have to come out and win both our games tomorrow and see what happens from there. This is disappointing, but you’re going to lose a game here and there.” Jones zeroed in on “a couple of bad misses”. “I had a shot win the game, it was a hard shot, but you don’t like to miss those. “My last draw had great weight and a perfect line and it overcurled and gave her shot. That’s

Canada’s Jennifer Jones is destined for a showdown with Scotland’s Eve Muirhead Thursday night at the Credit Union Iplex. the way it works. “They made some nice shots to get their three, I made an uncharacteristic miss, a runback. There were a couple of uncharacteristic misses by us. But I’m sure we’ll bounce back.” Muirhead rallied for a 9-7 conquest of Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher on an adjacent sheet of ice. Also remaining in the playoff hunt was Ostlund’s young Swedish team which held off a strong rally by Denmark and won 10-9 in overtime with a perfect last-shot draw to backing in the four-foot. Muirhead scraped and clawed from behind all afternoon against the Swiss who took control with three in the fifth. But by the time the 10th end arrived, the Scots owned the hammer in a tie situation and faced a routine hit for the decision. “That was the first 10th end

in quite a few games,” said the 19-year-old Scottish skip, “but it’s probably good for us to have that — making sure we go right to the last stone, and when the last stone has to be played, that’s the way we expect every game to go.” Muirhead admitted she struggled with the playing surface early-on. “It was sitting straighter at weight, and swinging bigger at draw weight,” she said, “but we cottoned onto that in the second half of the game and that’s when we really bounced back. “It was really important for us, that win. I think that guarantees us a playoff.” Sweden constructed a 7-2 lead on Denmark in four ends and led 9-5 after seven before the unpredictable Danes battled back with four points in the last three ends to force overtime. “Denmark played really well so

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this win helps our confidence,” said Ostlund. “They are unpredictable. They didn’t play well the first couple of ends but then they started to play and we gave them some chances. But, in the end, we played OK.” The Canadians breezed to another easy victory in the morning, walloping Moe Meguro’s Japanese outfit 10-2. The U.S., meanwhile, rebounded from Tuesday’s defeat to Canada, shrugged off earlymorning cobwebs and defeated Switzerland’s Corinne Bourquinskipped team 9-7. Sweden posted a 7-4 conquest of rookie Latvia and Githmark dragged Russia back into a group of four-time losers with a skintight 4-3 decision. The Americans continued to dance on a tightrope in their match, trailing 3-0 after two ends. “We try to make it exciting,

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that’s for sure,” quipped Brown. “I got off to a bad start, missed some shots early, got in a jam and had to fight back. “Normally, I like the morning but it was a little slack today. It was a short night coming off that Canada game.” Brown said her string of past tight games should leave her team in good stead for a possible playoff run. “Every single game, we’ve been under the gun,” she said. “We’ve come out on top of most of them and I think it bodes well for us. It’s good momentum to keep us going through the week.” Nobody has been forced to play more last rocks than Brown over the first five days of the tournament. “That doesn’t hurt,” she said. “You go back and remember all those last rocks you made and it helps in tight situations later on.”


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Melanie Robillard remains the answer to some kind of Ford Worlds women’s curling championship trivia question. She’s Canadian-born (Sussex, N.B.), has advanced to within one game of playing in a Canadian curling championship, and is playing in her third Ford Worlds . . . for Germany! Oh yes, and one other thing. She was one of 72 global curling beauties to pose for an Anna Arce calendar. In fact, she’s one of five calendar girls play-

ing in this particular Ford Worlds. The others? Camilla Jensen and Madeleine Dupont of Denmark, Linn Githmark of Norway and Una Grava-Germane of Latvia. For the initiated, Arce is the Spanish photographer who has made a big splash with her semi-erotic photos of dozens of the world’s female shotmakers. They’ve turned up in 2007, 2008 and 2009 curling calendars that serve as team fundraisers and are practically sellouts.

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“My dad told me, ‘don’t speak about the calendar’,” says the 27-year-old Ottawa native who currently resides in Brussels, Belgium, and works in a health centre. “All the feedback from that calendar has been positive,” she says. Will she pose again? “Nope,” she says. “Done with that.” Her father worked for the RCMP, then CSIS. He moved to Belgium with NATO in 2000. “That’s all I can tell you,” she quipped a while back. “Stop there!” All right. Enough of foreign intrigue. Her mother was German, hence her qualification for a German passport and a place on veteran Andrea Schoepp’s team at third. “I was doing a lot of curling camps in Germany over the summers,” she recalls. “I was flying over there from Canada for the camps. Andrea Schoepp knew that I was going to be in Europe and she contacted me.” The German papers came through three years ago. But Robillard lives in Belgium where they speak French and Flemish. Robillard is fluent in French. She started curling in Ottawa at the age of seven. A teammate, although two years older, was Dawn Askin, the current 29-year-old Canadian lead. “We grew up together. We both played for Jenn Hanna on a junior team.” Robillard played two years as a lead for Hanna, the 1998 Ontario junior champion, Canadian junior runner-up and 2005 Scotties runnerup to Jennifer Jones. Then she skipped two years in junior with Hanna’s sister Stephanie in tow, played in four provincial championships and lost in the 2003 Ontario final. “We’re good friends,” said Askin when they first reunited two years ago at the Vernon Worlds. “I talk to her now and then. It’s kind of hard as she’s living over there. “Mel and I actually went to Switzerland when we played with Hanna. It was 2000, we won a ‘spiel in Toronto and we got to go over there for about 12 days. We had a lot of fun there. We also played in that provincial junior final together and we

Germany’s Melanie Robillard and Canada’s Dawn Askin were teammates on Jenn Hanna’s Ontario junior champs. lost. Those were a fond memories.” It was suggested that old buddies playing against one another at the Ford Worlds might constitute something special. “Not really,” Robillard said with a shrug. “I look at them as just another team.” Robillard has a new positive memory from Wednesday afternoon when her team handed Canada its first loss of the latest Ford tournament. And an even fonder memory? Playing in the Vancouver Olympics. “That was amazing,” Robillard said. “It was a great experience. I loved it. But we were a little disappointed in our record.” Germany has improved on that at the Iplex with two games to go. Playing on the current German team has presented certain logistical problems. “I travel down to Bavaria some weekends,” she said. “We practise in Andrea’s hometown of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. And then we play tournaments every other weekend in Europe.” Robillard probably will take most of next year off from curling. She’s moving to Madrid with her Spanish boyfriend, Antonio De Mollinedo. “I’ll take most of a year off to see how things go,” she said on Wednesday.

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are, the playoffs suddenly are very important. “But,” adds the three-time world men’s champion skip and rookie international here are numerous teams from coach, “everything here is a lesson for numerous corners of the planet them.” under the gun this week at the Strangely, Lindholm hadn’t met this Ford Worlds. team prior to this assignment. Swedish But if you really want to talk about the national coach Stefan Hasselborg dialled pressure of expectations, check out the Peja’s number “just before the Olymyoung Swedish team at the Credit Union pics” and asked Sweden’s most celebratIplex directed by 22-year-old sports scied male curler to take the coaching reins ence student Cecilia (Cissi) Ostlund. of the Ostlund team. These Swedes (average age 22) are be“I have two different roles here, one to ing trumpeted as the heir apparent in their LARRY WOOD be the coach, the other to be the national Eye Opener Editor home country to two-time Olympic gold team coach,” said Lindholm. “I’m workmedallist Anette Norberg. ing alone here which is unusual, there Talk about a tough act to follow! are usually a team coach and a national coach. But that’s Norberg, who now lives in a Stockholm suburb, and her good, and I love to be here as a coach.” team of Eva Lund, Cathrine Lindahl and Anna (Svard) Le Moine, have won two world titles as well that spectacular Please see WOOD, Olympic-gold double. Page 10 And Norberg knows all about expectations, too. For more than a decade during the Nineties, she tossed rocks in the shadow of the only four-time winner in world-championship history — Elisabet Gustafson. Celebrating the power of sport Once Gustafson retired, Norberg battled another three or four years before finally connecting in a world final at Paisley, Scotland, in 2005. SaskPower is proud to invest in the future and give Since then, Norberg has been legendary, inside and back to the communities in which we work and live. outside of Sweden. The story goes that her team will make Through our Corporate Contributions Program, we an announcement regarding its future plans within two partner with many different organizations across months. For certain, Norberg’s sister Lindahl, the second the province to help you reach your goals. player, will retire. Observers predict at least some of the SaskPower proudly supports the 2010 Ford remaining three will form a new team for the future. World Women’s Curling Championship. Still, this will be a relatively long-in-the-tooth bunch in a sport that is starting to accentuate and celebrate youth. And this is where Ostlund and her team of Sara Carlsson, Anna Domeij and Lotta Lennartsson come in. saskpower.com “Coming here,” says coach Peja Lindholm, “a playoff finish for this team was not important. But now that they are here, and playing well, and realizing how good they

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Three-time world champion Peja Lindholm is coaching the Cecilia Ostlund rink in Swift Current. He says Ostlund has the capability to become another Annette Norberg. record. “I would say Cecilia’s team really works hard to be at the next events,” Lindholm says. “These girls really know what it takes to be up there. I’m not so sure about Stina’s team, how hard they are working. But so far it looks like Cecilia’s team will be the next big team.” He says two other young teams are poking their heads above the Swedish horizon. “They are about the same age as Cecilia’s team, and have improved a lot this season. Let’s see what they will do next

season.” Karin Rudstrom, daughter of former world champion Bjorn Rudstrom who played Ragnar Kamp in 1977, skips this outfit from Uppsala. Then there’s current world junior champion skip Anna Hasselborg, recent winner over Ottawa’s Rachel Homan in the final at Flims, Switzerland. Lindholm, who lives in the northern city of Ostersund, has coached in different sports but his lone curling connection was the victorious Team World at the 2008 Continental Cup at Camrose.

“Certainly,” he admits, “this is the sport I would prefer to coach at this level.” Naturally. It’s his sport. And he has the credibility as a multiple champion. “I don’t know where I stand in terms of the future,” he says. ”Stefan is the national coach. I don’t know if he will retire. I don’t know what the plans are. I haven’t talked to anybody about it. But I love this and, hopefully, I can do this again.” He just might be the perfect coach for Cissi Ostlund’s team, too, based on the way it’s going at the Iplex.

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Cissi and the girls have left a profound impression even on their own new mentor. “I am surprised that they are so calm,” says Lindholm. “I can’t take credit for that as a coach. I thought they might be a little more anxious, a little more and up and down. But, especially Cecilia, she’s very calm. She has what it takes to be a top player. Definitely, she can be another Norberg.” And Ostlund isn’t fazed one iota when confronted with the proposition. “That’s our plan,” she says, matter-offactly. “We’re planning on taking over the throne. “There’s no pressure attached to that. Watching Anette at the Olympics makes me want to play, to be her, do what she can do. So no pressure. Just focus.” The tall blonde from Karlstad is looking at a long-term project here, too. “I’ll give it all my life,” she says with a wide smile. “I love curling. I never want to quit. You’ll never get rid of me.” This is not the only promising young team in Sweden but, says Lindholm, it is the team most likely at the moment. Another possible usurper to Norberg’s throne is Stina Viktorsson, from Gustafson’s far-north hometown of Umea, who represented Sweden at the Vernon Ford Worlds two years ago and amassed a 6-5


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Time out for Ford World Women’s trivia

Always plan a safe ride home. The 2010 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship promises to be one of the best parties to ever hit Swift Current. But before you jump into the fun at the various events, make plans for a safe ride home.

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4. Name the only skip to defeat Canada on the first occasion the world women’s curling championship was staged in British Columbia. 5. Her home country? 6. Name the curler who has appeared in more world women’s championships than any other but has never skipped in a world championship. 7. How many championships? 8. She has played for which country? 9. Which positions has she played on the champion teams of that country? 10. What is the best-ever Worlds finish by a team on which she played and who skipped the team?

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Skip: Erika Brown

Home: Oakville, Ontario Began curling at age: 8 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Physician assistant Employer: Stone Church Family Health Centre Age: 37 Place of birth: Madison, Wisconsin Marital status: Married Spouse: Ian Tetley Favourite food: Ian’s BBQ chicken Favourite drink: Rickard’s White Most annoying celebrity: Jay Leno Last movie she loved: Super Bad All-time favourite movie: Slum Dog Millionaire Tattooed? No Never leaves home without: iPhone Ten ends or eight? 10 Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? Tiebreaker Extra ends or no extra ends? Extra ends Competed in: Six World Juniors, six Worlds (95, 96, 99, 02, 04, 10), 88, 98 Olympics.

Third: Nina Spatola Home: Madison, Wisconsin Began curling at age: 10 Delivery: Right Occupation: Nursing student Age: 21 Place of birth: Madison Marital status: Single

American ladies like their pasta and curling ‘til they drop’ Jordan Favourite food: Fettucini Alfredo Most annoying celebrity: Favourite drink: Diet Coke Jay Leno Celebrity dream man: Ryan Braun All-time favourite movie: (Milwaukee Brewers left fielder) Bull Durham Most annoying celebrity: Janice Last movie she loved: Dickson Super Bad All-time favourite movie: Boondock Saints Last movie she loved: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Last movie she hated: Night Train Tattooed? Yes Never leaves home without: cellphone Ten ends or eight? 10 Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? Tiebreakers Extra ends or no extra ends? Extra ends Competed in: 06, 08 Ann Swis World Juniors shelm (left) and Laur a Ha Second: llisey . Ann Swisshelm Last movie she Home: Chicago hated: Any horror movie Began curling at age: 12 Delivery: Right Tattooed? Yes!! Occupation/title: Curler Never leaves home without: My Age: 42 Kindle Place of birth: Middletown, Ohio Ten ends or eight? Ten Marital status: Married Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? Spouse/Partner: Sean Silver Tiebreakers - play ‘til you drop Children: No Extra ends or no extra ends? Favourite food: Linguine with clam Most exciting thing - an extra end sauce Competed in: 98, 01, 03 Wprlds, 02 Favourite drink: Dark & Stormy Olympics (dark rum and ginger beer) Celebrity dream man: Michael

Lead: Laura Hallisey Home: Medfield, Mass. Began curling at age: 10 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Student Age: 23 Place of birth: Boston Marital status: Single Favourite food: Spaghetti Favourite drink: Apple juice All-time favourite movie: Shawshank Redemption Last movie she loved: All Saints Day Last movie she hated: Death Trap Tattooed? No Never leaves home without: Cell phone Ten ends or eight? 10 ends Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? Tiebreakers Extra ends or no extra ends? Extra Ends

Fifth: Jessica Schultz Home: St. Paul, Minn. Began curling at age: 13 Delivery: Right

Occupation/title: Physical therapist assistant Employer: Twin Cities Orthopedics Age: 25 Place of birth: Anchorage, Alaska Marital status: In a relationship Favourite food: Tacos/ Mexican food Favourite drink: Coke/ red wine Celebrity dream man: Patrick Dempsey Most annoying celebrity: Carrot Top All-time favourite movie: How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days Last movie she loved: Blindside Last movie she hated: Saw (all of them) Tattooed? Four Never leaves home without: House key Ten ends or eight? 10 ends for sure Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? Tiebreakers Extra ends or no extra ends? Extra ends Competed in: 05 World Juniors, 05 Worlds, 06 Olympics

Coach: Bill Todhunter

Home: Menasha, Wisconsin Occupation/title: National sales manager Employer: Delta Light Date of birth: Oct. 10, 1959 Place of birth: Cranbrook, B.C. Coached: 1st year, played lead for Jason Larway in 2004 Worlds (2-7); Third for Todd Birr in 2007 Worlds (8-5).

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Norway: Skip: Linn Githmark

Home: Blair, Oslo Began curling at age: 9 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: International Affairs/Language Student Age: 27 Place of birth: Oslo Marital status: Single Favourite food: Spinach lasagna Favourite drink: Beer Celebrity dream man: Hu Jintao Most annoying celebrity: Sarah Palin Last movie she loved: Let the Right One In Last movie she hated: All About Steve Tattooed? No Never leaves home without: Shoes Ten ends or eight? Ten Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? No tiebreakers Extra ends or no extra ends? No extra ends Competed in: 04, 05 Worlds, 97,98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04 World Juniors.

Third: Henriette Lovar Home: Snarøya Began curling at age: 16 Delivery: Right Occupation: Graphic designer Employer: Bicoda Advertisement Age: 30

Young club but plenty of experience; not big Sarah Palin fans

Last movie she hated: It’s All Place of birth: Oslo Second: About Smith (I always fall asleep at Spouse/Partner: Jorunn Friis Ingrid Stensrud movies) Reset Tattooed? No Children: Two cats and a dog Home: Oslo Never leaves home without: Favourite food: Doesn’t matter as Began curling at age: 15 Phone long as the drinks are good Delivery: Right Ten ends or eight? Favourite drink: Wine or beer Occupation/title: Eight ends Tiebreakers Celebrity dream (wo)man: Alicia Economics stuor no tiebreakers? Moore (Pink) dent Tiebreakers Most annoying celebrity: Sarah Extra ends or no Palin extra ends? Extra All-time favourite movie: ends DIS Competed in: 09 Last Worlds, 05, 06, 07 movie World Juniors she loved: Milk Lead: Last movie Kristin she Skaslien hated: Pearl Home: Harbour Oppdal Tattooed? Began No curling at Never leaves age: 12 home without: Keys Ten ends or . eight? Either srud Sten d i Tiebreakers or r g nd In Delivery: Right no tiebreakers? ark a m h t i Occupation/title: Logistic Depends nG n i L , r engineering/technology management Extra ends or no Lova riette n e student extra ends? H , ) t f Age: 23 n (le Age: 24 Depends e i l s a Place of birth: Oppdal in Sk Place of birth: Trondheim Competed in: 09 Krist Marital status: Boyfriend Marital status: Single Worlds, 99, 97, 98, 99, Favourite food: Tacos Favourite food: Wok 00, 01 World Juniors Favourite drink: Bonaqua Lemon Favourite drink: Water, milk Last movie she loved: Sherlock Tattooed? No Holmes Never leaves home without: Con-

tact lenses Ten ends or eight? Eight Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? Tiebreakers Extra ends or no extra ends? Extra Ends Competed in: 06, 09 Worlds, 02, 05, 06, 07 World Juniors.

Fifth/Coach: Kristin Tosse Lovseth Home: Vinterbro Began curling at age: 15 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Administrative secretary Employer: Carl Evensen EFTF Age: 36 Place of birth: Lillehammer Marital status: Married Spouse/Partner: Kjetil Children: Sandra, 6, Stina, 4 Favourite food: My homemade pizza (Norwegian pizza baking champion 2007) Favourite drink: Pepsi Max Most annoying celebrity: Mr. Bean Tattooed? Two, green frog and Chinese sign Never leaves home without: Shoes Ten ends or eight? Eight Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? Tiebreakers Extra ends or no extra ends? Extra ends Competed in: 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 09 Worlds, 92, 93, 94, World Juniors, 98, 02 Olympics.


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Draw 13 Results 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T Switzerland 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 7 Scotland* 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 2 9 %age Lead Second Third Skip Team Switzerland 70 65 73 83 73 Scotland 80 79 73 74 76 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 T Sweden* 3 0 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 10 Denmark 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 2 1 1 0 9 %age Lead Second Third Skip Team Sweden 81 88 85 82 84 Denmark 93 89 92 65 85 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T Norway 0 0 1 0 4 1 0 1 0 0 7 China* 2 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 8 %age Lead Second Third Skip Team Norway 87 88 88 73 84 China 81 75 78 86 80

Standings

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Team Canada Scotland U.S.A. Sweden Germany China

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FRIDAY

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China Russia* %age China Russia Germany* Japan %age Germany Japan

Tiebreakers (if three required).

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10 a.m. Bronze-medal match. 3 p.m. Gold-medal championship final.

Draw 12 Results 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T Japan 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 x x x 2 Canada* 2 0 3 1 0 1 3 x x x 10 %age Lead Second Third Skip Team Japan 93 75 66 64 75 Canada 98 80 89 95 91 Russia* Norway %age Russia Norway

1 2 3 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 Lead Second 88 60/93 79 85

5 6 7 0 1 1 2 0 0 Third 68 73

8 9 10 T 1 0 x 3 0 0 1 1 Skip Team 79 78 68 76

1 2 3 4 5 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 Lead Second 90 76 97 81

6 7 8 1 0 2 0 1 0 Third 80 80

1 2 3 4 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 Lead Second 80 81 90 79

5 6 7 1 1 0 0 0 1 Third 83 80

8 9 10 T 2 0 x 7 0 1 x 4 Skip Team 89 83 69 80

Denmark* Latvia %age Denmark Latvia

1 2 3 4 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 Lead Second 83 85 83 67

5 6 7 2 2 x 0 0 x Third 81 48

8 9 10 T x x x 13 x x x 1 Skip Team 85 84 31 57

5 6 7 0 1 1 2 0 0 Third 78 91

8 9 10 T 1 0 x 4 0 1 x 7 Skip Team 74 81 91 92

5 6 7 2 0 2 0 1 0 Third 79 70

8 9 10 T 0 3 x 9 2 0 x 7 Skip Team 79 80 72 79

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 x 7 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 x 5 Lead Second Third Skip Team 88 78 85 72 81 94 69 80 75 79

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1 2 3 4 Latvia* 0 0 1 0 Sweden 0 2 0 2 %age Lead Second Latvia 90 81 Sweden 92 94 1 2 3 4 USA 0 0 2 0 Switzerland* 2 1 0 1 %age Lead Second USA 81 81 Switzerland 90 84

6 7 8 0 0 1 0 1 0 Third 86 80

Draw 14 Results

Draw Schedule DRAW 17 7:30 p.m. Norway vs. Denmark; Canada vs. Scotland; Switzerland vs. Germany; Sweden vs. China.

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Norway’s queen of the pizza

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Pepperoni, green peppers and Jarlsberg? Not exactly, but pizza is big in Norway and nobody knows that better than the team’s coach and alternate Kirstin Tøsse Lovseth. Not only does she love pizza, she was the 2007 Norwegian pizza baking champion. At an annual food expo in Olso, Lovseth has twice entered her homemade savoury pie and in ‘07, the food judges determined her pizza the best in the land. So what was on it? “It was Dijon mustard all over the bottom, no tomato sauce,” she says with an engaging smile. “Then there is seranno (Spanish ham), then I had tomato and squash (zucchini),” says the Lillehammer native. She then layered the ingredients in sequence to create a tricolour/circular pattern, crumbled blue cheese on top, a little drizzle of olive oil and voila! “I love pizza, and I love to cook,” she said. The administrative secretary has represented her country at the ‘96, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99 ‘00, ‘01, and ‘09 Worlds, the ‘92-94 World Juniors and the ‘98 and 02 Olympics. Her creativity off ice and in the kitchen could lead to more culinary medals, too. Imagination is the key, she says. “When people first looked at it (toppings) they didn’t really want to try it, but then . .” Big smile. Yummy! ••• Norwegian coach and alternate Kirstin Tøsse Lovseth won the 2007 Norwegian pizza baking championship with her special creation (inset).

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