LAS VEGAS — Canada’s Brad Gushue did not mince phrases after settling for silver on Sunday on the world males’s curling championship. “Just the worst ice I’ve ever curled on in a major championship,” he mentioned.
LAS VEGAS — Canada’s Brad Gushue did not mince phrases after settling for silver on Sunday on the world males’s curling championship.
“Just the worst ice I’ve ever curled on in a major championship,” he mentioned. “I’ve played at some curling clubs that were poor. But not in a world championship.”
Gushue dropped an 8-6 determination to Sweden’s Niklas Edin in a remaining the place precision shotmaking was troublesome. An unpredictable sport swung Edin’s method when Gushue nosed a clean try within the ninth finish.
That gave the Swedes hammer in a tied sport they usually scored a pair within the Tenth for his or her fourth straight world title.
“That game was very tough, difficult conditions to play on,” mentioned Edin. “So I’m really happy that we could fight as hard as we did.”
Gushue mentioned there have been two distinct ridges on the ice in his semifinal win a day earlier. When he arrived for pre-game apply Sunday, he observed 4 ridges on the sheet.
“When I went out and felt it, I thought, ‘Wow. We’re in for it,'” he mentioned.
Gushue and his St. John’s-based group of Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker opened the sport with hammer however had been pressured to a single.
Buoyed by a vocal partisan crowd of about 1,000 spectators, the Canadians stole a pair within the second finish and had been constructing in the direction of a pressure within the third when the sport turned.
Gushue raised his arms within the air in incredulity when his stone hit a ridge close to the far hogline and moved 9 or 10 inches the flawed method.
“It really was shock,” Gushue mentioned of his response. “Pardon my language, but what the (expletive) just happened?”
Sweden took benefit with a deuce and adopted with a steal to tie the sport.
“Every shot that we threw was a guess,” Gushue mentioned. “You had to guess at what it was going to do and what ridge it was going to hit.”
Edin, who gained his first Olympic gold this season, saved the stress on. He pressured Gushue to attract for one within the fifth finish and scored two within the sixth after Gushue might solely clear one stone on a double-takeout try.
“The ice was just so bad that it became a coin toss on every rock,” Gushue mentioned. “Unfortunately it came up heads for Niklas a little bit more than it did for us.”
Canada’s possibilities of a Tenth-end steal had been slim however a hogged Walker stone put issues into longshot mode.
Gushue, who threw a game-low 62 per cent, mentioned the ice situations impacted each of his rocks with the sport on the road.
A come-around try curled “dramatically” after hitting a ridge however was nonetheless in a great spot, he mentioned. For his remaining throw, Gushue tried to attract round two Swedish stones on the highest of the four-foot ring.
He mentioned the rock bought on the flawed aspect of a ridge after which ran straight.
“It’s embarrassing for a player of my calibre to see two shots that far off when I’m really only taking six inches different ice,” Gushue mentioned. “That’s hard to swallow. You feel like an idiot even though you threw a good rock.”
It was Edin’s sixth profession world title. He additionally beat Gushue within the Olympic semifinal in Beijing.
“I don’t want our complaining about the ice to come across as discrediting what they did because they’re one of the best teams in the world,” Gushue mentioned. “They might have beat us on good ice.
“It just took away an experience I think for both teams.”
Gushue felt the ice points had been doubtless attributable to the ice crew build up the skin edges of the sheets early within the occasion.
He added that may make the ice scraper tilt barely because the buildup continues via the week, digging in on the sting and inflicting ridges to type.
“The World Curling Federation conducts a review of each championship at its conclusion and puts particular emphasis on the athlete feedback,” the WCF mentioned through e-mail.
“The ice and technical aspects of the championship throughout the week are incorporated into this review.”
Earlier within the day, Joel Retornaz defeated American Korey Dropkin 13-4 to win the bronze medal. It was Italy’s first-ever podium look at this occasion.
The consequence got here two months after Italian third Amos Mosaner gained Olympic combined doubles gold with Stefania Constantini.
Canada’s Kerri Einarson gained bronze on the world girls’s championship final month in Prince George, B.C. Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni gained the gold.
Gushue was seeking to win his second profession world title after topping Edin in 2017 at Edmonton. Edin gained the rematch a 12 months later at this identical Las Vegas venue.
Without Olympic silver medallist Bruce Mouat of Scotland within the area, Canada and Sweden had been heavy favourites to make the ultimate. Gushue and Edin had just a few hiccups throughout round-robin play however had been nonetheless the category of the 13 entries.
Gushue has loved a exceptional season with a victory at Canada’s Olympic trials, a bronze medal on the Olympics and a fourth nationwide title in six years.
However, this sport left him disenchanted for his teammates in addition to spectators and TV viewers who he mentioned “were robbed” of an expertise to look at two of the world’s high groups battle for gold.
“What they saw was a (poop) show,” Gushue mentioned. “Niklas made greater than we did and deserved to win. But I might have cherished to placed on a show, for the 2 of us to exit and battle like we did on the Olympics (or) the way in which we now have many occasions at Slams.
“That would have been fun. This wasn’t fun.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed April 10, 2022.
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