On Saturday, Australia and China were decisively defeated, and on Sunday, two new ones came against Sweden and England. Both teams started the Olympic tournament strongly and are ahead of Norway in the table before Sunday’s game. With these two wins, Norway is now in second place with Canada and Great Britain.
Even with a loss against Switzerland on Monday, Norway would be ahead of fifth-placed Sweden in a joint finish.
Won bronze at the previous Olympics
Thus, they are ready to advance to the semifinals and have a chance to secure a new medal after bronze in 2018.
Norway meet Switzerland in their final qualifier on Monday. This will have no bearing on the Norwegian duo in terms of a semifinal spot, just who they meet.
After the duo picked up a relatively controlled 6-2 win against Sweden, Norway got off to a good start against Jennifer Dodds and England’s Bruce Mouat. They stole a point in the first half when England had the final stone.
They repeated this in the second half, before in the third they had to see England’s attack come back by a point after a very good last stone from Dodds. The Norwegians had kept most of the estate, but the Dodds found their way through the rock on the outer edge.
Then the Norwegian pair ran away as they picked up new points in rounds four and five, before they secured a win in round 6, when England failed surprisingly as they had to settle for just two points. Then the Norwegian team picked up two points in round seven and finally secured a 6-2 win.
Against Sweden, Norway led 2-0 in the first half, before the two teams took turns taking a point in the next four rounds. In the sixth round, Sweden completely fell behind with the final stone. Thus, Norway stole a point and led 5-2 with two rounds remaining.
Norway stole another point in the next round and ended up winning 6-2.
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The Norwegian duo struggled early in the tournament, but have since lifted the big game, and have won four games in a row.
“It’s always good to win a curling match, especially at the Olympics,” Skaslien told Discovery after the game against England.
They still didn’t want to take the semifinal spot first, but the table tally secured Norway’s semifinal spot.
– We’ll win tomorrow, Nedregotten added.
Unbeaten Italy beat Sweden 12-8, while Canada lost to Australia after extra time.
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