Canada's Kelsey Rocque clinches junior curling world title
Canadian junior men fall in bronze medal game
Kelsey Rocque's Edmonton rink is world junior curling champion.
Rocque skipped Canada to a 6-4 victory over Korea in the gold-medal game at the world junior curling championships in Flims, Switzerland, on Wednesday.
“Honestly, this is unexplainable,” Rocque said. “We came into this tournament really wanting it, and it's awesome to see all our hard work pay off.
“It was always in the back of my mind but you've just got to go out there and take it one rock at a time,” she said about claiming the gold for Canada after so many years. “It's almost less pressure knowing Canada hasn't won the gold [in 11 years]. It's awesome to get it again.”
It marked Canada's first women's crown since Marliese Miller's foursome captured gold in 2003, also in Flims.
Rocque's team of third Keely Brown, second Taylor McDonald, lead Claire Tully and alternate Alison Kotylak earned a bye into the final by edging the same Korean rink, skipped by Kyeong-Ae Kim, 7-6 in Monday's 1-2 playoff.
On the junior men's side, Canada fell short of the podium, losing to 7-5 to Norway’s EirikMjoeen and finishing in fourth place.
“We’re disappointed with our play today and know we can play better,” Canadian skip Braden Calvert said. “We’re hungry for more. We just got out of the starting gate a little slow today and picked it up late, but not soon enough.”