China’s Bingyu Wang won the bronze medal game Sunday at the Capital One World Women’s Curling Championship in Esbjerg, edging Denmark’s Lene Nielsen, 10-9 in a wild extra-end affair.
There was no shortage of points in this one at the Granly Hockey Arena, with every end registering at least a single.
After Denmark opened with a steal, China counted a deuce in the second, three in the fourth, then stole one in the fifth end for a 6-3 lead at the break.
But the host Danes stormed back, trading singles, then taking their own three in the eighth end to knot the contest at seven. The shooting gallery continued with China counting a pair in nine, only to have Denmark respond in kind in the 10th, forcing an extra end, with China eventually prevailing.
For Wang, the 2009 world champion, it was another medal to add to her collection, which includes a silver from the 2008 Ford World Women’s and an Olympic bronze last year.
“That is really good,” said Wang. “We lost the semi-final and we’re so happy for this team to win a bronze medal. Last year we finished seventh, so this year for us is a really good step for the 2014 Olympic Games. We learned so much from the semi-final and that’s good for us. We’re young and we have a long way to go.”
Said Nielsen, “I guess we can take a lot of confidence away from this event. We have just proved that we belong with the world’s top teams. I think the future is bright.”
The upcoming gold medal game, live on TSN at 9:00 am ET, will pit Sweden’s Anette Norberg against Canada’s Amber Holland. Norberg is a two-time world and Olympic champion, while Holland is trying to become just the second skip to win the world women’s coming out of a tiebreaker.
Switzerland’s Gaby Casanova is the only one to have accomplished the feat – in 1979 at the inaugural world women’s in Perth.