Russia bronze medallists at Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2018

  • The moment Victoria Moiseeva won bronze © WCF / Jeffrey Au

In a game where the lead changed hands six teams, Russia beat United States by 6-5 to take the bronze medals at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2018 in North Bay’s Memorial Gardens, in Canada, on Sunday (25 March) morning.

Both of these teams were making their first appearances at this level. After giving up a steal of one point in the second end, Russia – skip Victoria Moiseeva, third Julia Portunova, second player Galina Arsenkina and lead Julia Guzieva, supported by alternate Anna Sidorova and coach Sergei Belanov – made amends in the third end when skip Moiseeva drew her last stone into position to score two points and take the lead, at 2-1.

After a blank fourth end, United States levelled the score at 2-2 in the fifth end when their skip Jamie Sinclair drew into the house to score one point. United States then had another single-point steal in the sixth end for a 3-2 lead.

Then, after another blank end in the seventh, Russia took the lead again in the eighth end when Moiseeva hit out a United States stone to score two points and lead by 4-3. The lead then changed hands yet again – for the fifth time – in the ninth end, when Sinclair drew her last stone onto position to join another American stone sitting on the button, to score two points and lead by 5-4.

Finally, in the tenth end, Moiseeva drew her last stone into the house to score the two points that gave her a 6-5 win and the world bronze medals.

The world championship now concludes on Sunday afternoon with the gold medal final between Canada – unbeaten at this event so far – and Olympic champions Sweden.

Sunday afternoon’s game will be available to watch on national broadcasters or (note geo-blocking applies | Time: Eastern Standard Time):

  • 15:00: Sweden v Canada (gold medal game)

    They said it

    Jamie Sinclair; skip, United States (after 5-6 bronze medal game loss to Russia): “Our first goal was to qualify and we did that. Then we re-assessed from there and our second goal was definitely to bring home some hardware and we had the chance. We came close but it wasn’t meant to be today, but I’m just super-proud of the team for coming this far, we’ve come a long way in two years.”

    Victoria Moiseeva; skip, Russia (after 6-5 bronze medal game win over United States): “It’s incredible, I am so proud of my team. It was such a good game with ups and downs, some stones they made better than us and we made some good shots too.

    “I have no words to describe it. We fought so hard for that. It was a long week for us, but it was a great adventure and to finish it with a medal just feels so amazing. I’m glad I had a lot of time to think and prepare myself [for that last stone]. I tried to get rid of all the emotions I had and just play it.
    “This is a new team that came to the world championship and this shows we have a lot of great curlers in Russia.”

    Bronze medal result: Russia 6-5 United States

    Standings after bronze medal game

    SF-W Canada 13-0
    SF-W Sweden 11-2
    B Russia 9-6
    United States 7-8
    Korea 8-5
    Czech Republic 6-7
    China 6-6
    Switzerland 5-7
    Scotland 5-7
    Japan 5-7
    Denmark 3-9
    Germany 3-9
    Italy 2-10

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