Friday, January 26, 2007

Universiade curling champions

The Curling News is everywhere. But you already knew that.

Italy's 2007 World Winter Universiade is over, and Canada's Team Brittany Gregor (photo by Nadine Saager) defeated the streaking Russians, led by recent European champion Ludmila Privivkova, 6-5 in the women's final on a last-rock draw to the four-foot. Japan won the bronze.

On the men's side, disappointment for Canada as Steve Laycock dropped the semi to the USA and then the bronze game, 9-4 to Sweden's remarkable three-man – and coachless – squad, skipped by Sebastian Kraupp.

John Shuster of the USA, the jettisoned lead on Pete Fenson's Olympic bronze team from a year ago, defeated Great Britain's John Hamilton 9-4 in the men's final, thanks largely to a big four-ender scored in the sixth end of play.

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