Nedohin proud of bronze medal
Heather Nedohin reacts after scoring during Canada's bronze medal game against South Korea at the World Women's Curling Championships in Lethbridge, Alta., on Sunday, March 25, 2012. (Andy Clark/Reuters)
The glitter of the medal may have been different than what she came here for, but at least Heather Nedohin goes home a winner.
Nedohin beat Korea 9-6 in the bronze medal game at the world women's curling championship, taking the rubber match in the best-of-three series.
Korea had bounced Canada into the bronze medal game in the first place with their Saturday win in the 3-4 game.
"Gold is always golden," said Nedohin. "When you get a bronze and you win and you feel good as a unit, absolutely, a medal at this level is a very proud moment.
"You know what, we're just really proud that we worked together as a unit. It's been a long week, a hard week. We handled adversity and we're really proud to have worn the Maple Leaf here in Lethbridge. We learned a lot."
It has been an emotional roller-coaster for Nedohin, who looked unbeatable as she ran off a four-game win streak out of the gate. Yet, there was a bit of concern as three of those wins came at the expense of opposition skip's miscues.
Then, second Jessica Mair came down with a flu bug during Monday night's game that kept her out of the lineup on Tuesday.
The team lost two of the three games during Mair's absence, but bounced back with a two-win day on Wednesday to climb back into first place.
Yet, they were unable to stand their success. Losses against Italy and Scotland on the last day put them into a tiebreaker.
After getting past the U.S. in that game, their quest for gold came to a grinding halt with their loss to Korea in the 3-4 game.
This is the fourth straight year Canada has been unable to win gold at the worlds.
"I was very disappointed (Saturday)," said Nedohin. "This (bronze) means a lot to me. In '98 (with Cathy King), we went out and played that bronze game because there's nothing better than playing for yourself. There's just us and we played for us. Today, it was a very proud moment for us."
The game itself was short of a classic. Nedohin struggled early on but made the most of her last shots.
It turned in the fifth end when a chip double netted Canada a three and a 6-3 lead. Nedohin made another last-rock double in six that held Korea to one point.
"It was a matter of grinding it out and again it came down to last rock," said Nedohin, graded at 73%. "Again, we made it a tough one. For us, it's all about winning your last game. We played solid to the bitter end.
"That's what counts, isn't it? If you're a skip, you have to make your second one, but it's a W."
Third Beth Iskiw held her breath on the last shot when Kim had a chance to send it into an extra end but crashed, giving Canada a steal.
"When we thought she'd be on the guard, Heather kinda gave me a nudge," said Iskiw. "When it did come to rest, when we could finally celebrate, it was just like a huge relief.
"We came into here and we had high expectations for ourselves. We had a few bumps in the road. With Jess being sick in the middle of the week, we'd never face that before. We really had to battle as a team and it's so satisfying to get a medal at the end of the week.
"Right now, it feels like we just won gold. That was a challenging game and we're really happy. It came down to making a few extra shots that put the pressure on them."