As Yogi Berra’s famed expression goes, it was like ‘déjà vu all over again’, when the rematch between Scotland and the United States for the bronze medal at the Capital One World Men’s Curling Championship took place Sunday morning in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
The two had met in the Page 3 vs 4 game Saturday morning, with Scotland’s Warwick Smith pulling out a shocking 6-4 win over Pete Fenson of the United States when stealing a deuce in the extra end.
Sunday morning, with a bronze medal on the line, the final score was Scotland 6, United States 4. And once again, Scotland stole two for the win…only this time it was only in the 10th end after Smith had tied the game with a single in nine.
The stats didn’t mirror the final result by any means. Fenson fired a blistering 88%, while Smith struggled at 74%. Even the team percentages were in favour of the United States…84% to 77%. Only the final score wasn’t – and that’s all that mattered to the Scots.
Smith is also a former two-time (1999 and 2006) world champion, while Fenson was the bronze medallist at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino (Pinerolo). Scotland finishes with an overall record of 10-4, while the United States was 8-5.
The gold medal game between Canada’s Kevin Koe and Norway’s Torger Nergård gets underway at 10:00 am ET, live on TSN.
Koe, making his World debut, is seeking a leading 32nd title for Canada, since the world men’s curling championship began in 1959 in Scotland, while Nergård looks for only a fourth title for Norway, and first since Eigil Ramsfjell won in 1988.