China 12 – 6 Switzerland
China’s women, skipped by Bingyu Wang, added Olympic bronze to their world title when they beat Switzerland’s Mirjam Ott by 12-6 in the bronze medal game.
This was the first-ever Olympic curling medal for China, and followed their 4-9 semi-final defeat by Sweden.
China opened in determined style, using last stone advantage to take three from the first end and then building a 5-1 lead by the third end.
Switzerland came into the game in the fourth, drawing for three after Wang failed to remove two Swiss counters. A further two points for Switzerland in the sixth levelled the game at 6-6.
After this, China dominated, scoring two in the seventh with an open hit, and then, when Ott was short of the house with her last stone, a further four in the eighth, after which the Swiss conceded.
Earlier in the week, after a surprising loss to Russia, Dan Rafael, the Canadian who is coach to China, had criticised his team for a lack of passion, but that was put aside after this result. He said, “I just waited all week for them to show up, and they did today. They did everything we told them to do and more”.
A disappointed Mirjam Ott said, “it’s hard. Every athlete wants to win a medal and at this moment we’re disappointed. I know we have a good team but we made a big mistake in the first”.
The women’s gold medal game takes place at 15:00 local time.