Canada wins gold medal in men's Olympic curling

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 21, 2014 at 12:16 pm •  Published: February 21, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Muscles bulging out of their tight tops, Canada's curlers threw down their brooms and unleashed giant roars after the game-winning rock settled in the house.

The 'Buff Boys' sure did beat up the British in the men's Olympic final.

Canada won a third consecutive Olympic title in devastating fashion on Friday, running over Britain 9-3 in just eight ends to match the biggest margin of victory in a Winter Games final.

"I was really expecting to have to make my last one, or to be in a nail-biter," Canada skip Brad Jacobs said. "You never expect to go out there and blow a team out."

All those 6 a.m. gym sessions really paid off for Jacobs' rink, which has brought previously unseen levels of fitness to a sport sometimes ridiculed as "housework on ice." Even after gold was safely secured, Jacobs, Ryan Fry and brothers Ryan and E.J. Harnden jumped in unison onto the top step of the podium in the flower ceremony, then jogged around the Ice Cube taking in the cheers of pockets of Canadian fans.

Their aggressive, confrontational style on the ice isn't to everyone's liking, but it's certainly effective.

Just ask the British — they were virtually down and out after three ends. Behind 5-1 to the world's best team, Britain skip David Murdoch knew by that stage there was no coming back.

"We didn't get off to a good start," he said. "And that's what really killed us."

After Britain's near misses at the last two Olympics, just reaching the final was more than Murdoch and his young team could have hoped for. But Canada didn't want to stop there.

When it comes to curling, Canada always expects gold. It's the country's No. 2 winter sport and it owns most of the world's top players. National championships are often tougher than Olympic Games.

And the Canadians have delivered. For the first time since the sport returned to the Olympic program, the same country has won gold in the men's and women's tournaments.

Jennifer Jones' rink went 11-0 as Canada reclaimed the women's title for the first time in 16 years and Jacobs won eight straight games in the men's event.

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