A beautiful day in Grand Forks, the sun is shining and the wind has disappeared, spring has arrived. And so has the final of the World Men's Curling Championship, Scotland against Canada.
Scotland had last stone and blanked the first, Canada stole one in the second when David Murdoch's double got only one. The Scots tied the game with one in the third.
The beginning of the end came in the fifth when Canada got two shots, then stole in the seventh. Scotland lay one behind cover, Kevin Martin played a great hit and roll on a side stone, he lay shot right behind the Scottish stone. David Murdoch had only one shot, an outwick, he rubbed the shot but didn't move it far enough, Scotland trailed by three.
They got two in the eight but gave up two in the ninth when Martin made a double take out and the measure went in Canada's favour.
You can guess what happened in end 10, Canada ran Scotland out of stones, Canada won gold, Scotland got silver, Norway bronze.
It's been a great championship in a fabulous arena, and the train track is farther away, the horns are quite faint.
Find the linescores from the championship here. The event website is here. Mike Haggerty's reports are on the Royal Club website here. The CurlingZone team, Gerry Geurts and Dallas Bittle, had an event blog here.
Above: Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy and Ben Hebert with the World Championship trophy.
Pics by Hugh Stewart
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