Winter Olympics: Sweden crush Britain to claim mixed doubles bronze

Sweden's Almida De Val (left) and Oskar Eriksson celebrate their Curling Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal match win against Great Britain on Feb 8, 2022. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Sweden's Almida de Val and Oskar Eriksson added a mixed doubles medal to their country's bulging Olympic curling trophy cabinet after clinching bronze with a 9-3 dismantling of Britain at the National Aquatics Centre on Tuesday (Feb 8).

Reigning world champion Britons Jennifer Dodds and Bruce Mouat were 1-0 up after the opening end but were left staring at an 8-1 deficit at the halfway mark as Sweden bounced back from their 8-1 semi-final loss to Italy with a dominant win.

It was an uphill battle for Britain and although they claimed a couple of points, the pair conceded the match in the sixth end.

"Our goal was to get the medal and we succeeded, it feels amazing," said De Val, competing at her first Games.

"It's been a really good experience being here and I hope to be back at the Olympics."

The pair received loud applause from spectators and the Swedish contingent in attendance including veteran men's skip Niklas Edin, whose rink Eriksson will join as third when the competition starts on Wednesday.

The result means Sweden have finished on the Olympic curling podium for the fifth straight time, having won gold in the women's event and silver in the men's competition four years ago in Pyeongchang.

"We were just really motivated to win this last game and show the world and Sweden how good we can be at mixed doubles curling," Eriksson said.

Men's and women's curling teams from Sweden have previously won nine Olympic medals in total, including three golds, with the country being the second most successful in Games history behind fellow heavyweights Canada.

"This is the pinnacle of the sport so we're just trying to enjoy the moment," Eriksson added.

Italy, with a perfect record so far, and 2018 bronze medallists Norway will vie for gold in the mixed doubles final later on Monday.

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