Team Canada claimed the gold medal at the women’s world curling championship yesterday with a 7-4 victory over China, with the Winnipeg-based team giving Canada its first victory on home ice since 1996.
Skip Jennifer Jones and her rink dominated the final from the beginning, in contrast to slow starts in earlier games during the week-long tournament in Vernon, B.C.
Canada had lost its two previous matches to China.
“We came out great start to finish,” Jones said after Canada’s victory. “We haven’t been doing that all week. You never know how many opportunities you’re going to get at a world championship.”
A beaming Wang Bingyu, China’s skip, conceded defeat to Jones with a cheerful handshake after running out of rocks in the 10th end.
“We are so happy and surprised,” Wang said. The team had not expected to medal at the championship, said Wang.

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