The rivalry between Canada and Scotland is at the very heart of international curling, pitting the sport's ancestral nation against its modern home. In fact, for the first two world championships in 1959 and 1960, they were the only two countries invited. Thus, it was only fitting that the two should meet in the gold medal match in Regina this evening. For the 33rd time in the history of the event, the Canadians walked away with the crown.
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Jeff Stoughton, pictured above, won the second world championship of his career. The Canadians lost only one game all tournament, 7-6 to Norway in their final round-robin match. The Scots, skipped by Tom Brewster, took the silver. Sweden, led by Niklas Edin, won bronze. Thomas Ulsrud's Norway rink finished just out of the medals in fourth but did not disappoint in the leg-wear department:
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The US squad finished a disappointing tenth.
Current details for the 2012 championships are as follows:
Men - 3/31-4/8 in Basel, Switzerland, Roger Federer's hometown
Women - Canada, city and dates TBA