Karlstad, Sweden – The first medal of the 2012 Le Gruyere European Curling Championship was won in Karlstad, Sweden, by the Czech men on Friday evening, when they beat Denmark by 12-4.
In this game Czech skip Jiri Snitil took a 6-2 lead into the half-time break with a hit for three points in the fifth end. But Denmark's Rasmus Stjerne responded in the next end with a hit for two points that closed the gap to 6-4 in the Czechs' favour.
The Czechs stretched their lead again in the seventh when Snitil drew for three points and 9-4 lead. Eventually, Denmark conceded after the eighth end with the score at 12 -4, leaving a proud Czech team to pick up their nation's first medals at a major international curling event.
Afterwards, an elated Snitil said: “Unbelievable, I’m almost crying, I’m so happy. It was a tight game. I think we figured out the sheet of ice better than the Danish which I think decided the game. This is the first medal for Czech Republic men or women, the first big one! It is very satisfying for Czech curling. We have been working hard, we have a good junior programme, we have a newish club, so everyone has been working hard to achieve results. This is a good day for the Association, a big day."