Norway, Germany win at women's curling worlds
Norway and Germany posted victories Friday on the opening day of round-robin play at the Capital One world women's curling championship in Esbjerg, Denmark.
Norway's Linn Githmark took two in the final end for an 8-7 win over two-time Olympic champion Anette Norberg of Sweden.
Norberg looked strong at the start with a three in the second end and two more in the sixth. However, she missed a takeout attempt in the 10th end and then came up short on a draw. An umpire's measure confirmed Norway's steal of two for the upset victory.
"The team did everything right in the 10th, but my first [throw] went really straight and all the way through," Norberg said. "The second one was very heavy and it didn't go anywhere."
Defending champion Andrea Scheopp of Germany defeated Denmark's Lene Neilsen 8-3. Scheopp stole four points in the final end for the victory after Neilsen committed a hog-line violation.
Amber Holland's Saskatchewan rink opens against former world champion Bingyu Wang of China on Saturday morning.
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark opened the event Friday by throwing a ceremonial stone into the four-foot ring.