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Canada wins Olympic gold in men's curling

Brad Jacobs
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According to the Sochi 2014 website on Friday, Canada has won the gold medal in men's curling at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Canada, led by skip Brad Jacobs of Sault. Ste. Marie, Ontario, hammered Great Britain 9-3 in the championship game to win the country's third consecutive gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games. Brad Gushue of St. John's, Newfoundland won the gold medal at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin and Kevin Martin of Edmonton won the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

The major reason why the Canadian team struck gold in Sochi was because of the high number of mistakes the British team made. There were many errors made early by second Scott Andrews and third Greg Drummond that allowed team Canada to dominate. The Canadians got a deuce in the first end and then picked up three more points in the third end to take a commanding 5-1 lead. In the first end, British skip David Murdoch actually had to make a triple takeout to limit the Canadian damage.

Three of the Canadian players shot 90% or better. Jacobs was 95%, lead Ryan Harnden was 94% and second E.J. Harnden was 92%.

This is also the first time in Olympic history that Canada won a gold medal in men's and women's curling at the same Winter Olympic Games. On Thursday, Canada defeated Sweden 6-3 in the women's gold medal game.