New defeat for Norwegian curling duo at Beijing Olympics
Magnus Nedregotten and partner Kristin Skaslien suffered their second Olympic tournament loss for mixed teams in curling. Canada got too strong and won 7-6.
Canada, the reigning Olympic champions, lost their first match at the Olympics to Great Britain on Thursday morning, but against Skaslien and Nedregotten of Norway.
There were a lot of rocks inside the estate in the first half, but Skaslien provided a fine final stone which gave Norway two points. In the second half, Nedregotten laid a weak final stone. This laid the groundwork for Canada to take four points and lead the game by 4-2.
A slightly better game followed by the Norwegian duo in the third round, but a weak final stone from Skaslien gave it only one point and the reduction to 3-4.
Canada got just one point in the fourth quarter, but led 5-3 at halftime. Team Norway equalized to 5-5 with two points in the fifth round, and in the sixth round Skaslien and Nedregotten were lucky as Canada got only one point.
A poor final stone by Nedregotten meant that Norway ended up picking up a point in seventh, but Canada regained the advantage with a final stone in the eighth round.
In the eighth round, Canada won important points which gave a 7-6 victory.
– It was an even game in the end, but we were a bit behind when we got four points early in the game. There are too many hurdles for us to win this match here, Kristin Skaslien told NRK
On Friday, Italy is the opponent.
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