Friday, February 24, 2006

Canada Rocks Finland for Gold

PINEROLO, Italy (CP) - Brad Gushue's rink won Canada's first Olympic gold medal in men's curling with a 10-4 victory in eight ends over Finland's Markku Uusipaavalniemi on Friday.

Gushue, third Mark Nichols, second Russ Howard and lead Jamie Korab played an aggressive game and broke the final open in the sixth end by scoring six for a 10-3 lead.

"I'm proud of the guys, it was a tough week but we did it," an emotional Gushue told CBC. "We struggled early but we brought it on."

Canada controlled the game early for a 4-3 lead after five ends. Two stellar takeouts by third Nichols in the sixth gave Canada control of the house.

Three cheers for our Newfoundland Team. Congratulations Brad, from all of us in Newfoundland. We're proud Newfoundlanders today . . .

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