It wasn’t the colour they were looking for, but at the end of the day, for Heather Nedohin’s Canadian crew of Laine Peters, Jessica Mair, and Beth Iskiw, a bronze medal represents a resiliency and a character statement.
The Edmontonians gained a small measure of revenge against Korea, the team that took them out of gold medal contention Saturday, with a 9-6 win today.
The key shot in the see-saw affair was a quiet tap out for three in the fifth end by Nedohin to break open a 3-3 contest.
After exchanging singles in six and seven, the Koreans put the pressure back on when skip Ji-Sun Kim made a hit and stick for a deuce.
A force of one in nine meant the Koreans still had a chance to score a deuce with hammer in 10 and send the game to an extra end, but two pretty good guards by Nedohin left little opportunity for Kim to get at Canada’s shot stone.
Kim’s final chance, a quiet tap attempt, wrecked on a Canadian guard.
For both teams it was an amazing week.
For the Koreans who were 2-9 in Esbjerg last year, to go 8-3, make the playoffs, and make a semi-final appearance, in the words of the diminutive skip, was simply unbelievable.
“We really wanted to win today,” said Kim through an interpreter.
“We lost so we are sad about that, but they (Canada) had a very good game.”(Continued below…)
Bronze Medal Photos
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Gracious in defeat, Kim reflected glowingly on the week that was.
“We are just so happy that we received so much support from Korea and in Canada and all the media,” she said.
She says that the game itself is not widely known in her country, but this will certainly help.
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in Korea. While Kim is hoping to represent her country there, her focus is a little more short-termed.
“I am concentrating on the Olympics (in Sochi, 2014),” she said with a smile.
For Nedohin, the win represented a proud effort.
“You know, we really grinded as a unit. It’s been a long week, a hard week, and we learned a lot about our team… how to handle adversity,” she said.
“We’re really proud to have worn the Maple Leaf here in Lethbridge, it was an amazing experience.”
She thanked the fans for all of their support throughout the year.
“It wasn’t just here this week, it’s been all year. It was in Red Deer (Scotties), at our provincials. It’s a great feeling to represent Canada in Canada – the support from across the country has been fantastic… e-mails saying stay strong girls… you gotta believe.”
Disappointed that the crew did not bring home gold, she is still proud of what her team has accomplished. (Continued below…)
“Gold is golden, it’s what we wanted but you know, to play for bronze and win, at this level, that’s a pretty special accomplishment.”
For Canada, this is the eighth bronze medal in the event’s history.
Korea has never medaled.
Later today, Margaretha Sigfridsson of Sweden will take on Switzerland’s Mirjam Ott for gold.
It’s a 4:30 p.m. start.