World jr. curling championships: Kelsey Rocque highlights double gold for Canada

Canada's Kelsey Rocque led her women's rink to an 8-2 win over Scotland on Sunday for a second straight junior curling world title, while Winnipeg's Braden Calvert defeated defending champion Switzerland 6-3 in the men's final in Tallinn, Estonia.

Winnipeg skip Calvert posts 6-3 win over defending men's champions

Double gold for Canadian junior curlers

8 years ago
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Canada reigned supreme at the World Junior Curling Championships as Kelsey Rocque won the women's title and Braden Calvert took the men's.

Canada's Kelsey Rocque led her women's rink to an 8-2 win over Scotland on Sunday for a second straight junior curling world title, while Winnipeg's Braden Calvert defeated defending champion Switzerland 6-3 in the men's final in Tallinn, Estonia.​

The Edmonton skip, who curled 86 per cent in the match, and her rink of Danielle Schmiemann, Holly Jamieson, Jessica Iles and Kristen Streifel, took a 4-1 lead in the fourth end and never looked back.

"It's really exciting [to win gold] and bring it home to Canada," Rocque said in a statement released by Curling Canada. "There's honestly no words."

Rocque added a strong relationship with her teammates is the key to their success.

"We're best friends off and on the ice," she said. "What we really do is we handle our emotions well on the ice and we don't get too worked up over things."

Rocque and Scotland's Eve Muirhead are the lone female skips to win back-to-back world junior championships.

Rocque and company went 9-0 in the round-robin portion of the tournament to become just the second Canadian women's rink to go unbeaten early on and win the championship, joining Marliese Kasner (Miller) and her rink.

Sunday marked the sixth time Canadian women and men won world titles in the same year.

Canadian tandem champions

  • Julie Skinner (Sutton) and Jim Sullivan, 1988
  • Kim Gellard and Colin Davison, 1994
  • Melissa Adams (McClure) and John Morris, 1998
  • Suzanne Gaudet and Brad Gushue, 2001
  • Marliese Kasner (Miller) and Steve Laycock, 2003
  • Kelsey Roque and Braden Calvert, 2015

In the bronze-medal game, Sweden scored one in the ninth and final end for a 6-5 decision over Switzerland.

Calvert and his rink of Kyle Kurz, Lucas Van Den Bosch and Brendan Wilson shot 91.5 per cent against the Swiss.

"It's just unbelievable," said Calvert. "When you start the season, you never quite picture that it's going to end up like this. It's pretty special to not only bring home a medal, but a gold medal."

Canada earned a deuce in the second end and picked up a steal of one in the fourth and sixth ends to extend its lead to 4-0.

Trailing 6-1 in the ninth end, Switzerland collected a deuce, but it was too little, too late.

Calvert, who finished fourth at last year's world championship, pointed to an improved work ethic in describing this season's success.

"We just beared down and worked a little bit harder going into this season," he said. "We threw a ton of rocks in Winnipeg and it really shows when you get out here."

The Canadians lost just one game during the tournament.​

Scotland took men's bronze with an 8-3 win over Sweden.

With files from The Canadian Press

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