Here are the top highlights from an historic wheelchair curling competition at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games:
History for China
The gold medal game put everyone watching on edge, especially China, as the team defeated Norway after an extra end. The victory not only secured China’s first Paralympic medal in the sport, but also the country’s first medal in Paralympic Winter Games history. It was a promising showing for the Beijing 2022 hosts.
Norway’s best finish
Gold medal favourites and reigning world champions Norway can walk away with their heads held high. Despite a heartbreak loss to China, the silver medal was the first for the country in the sport and represented their highest finish after four Games appearances.
Canada return to winning ways
Canada had won gold at every Paralympics since the sport debuted a Torino 2006. But Sochi 2014 was the last major competition where Canada stood atop the podium. They finished far outside the top three in the World Championships, and so their bronze medal from PyeongChang was a step in the right direction toward regaining their winning ways.
Home is where the heart is
The South Korean team came close to winning their first Paralympic medal since claiming silver at Vancouver 2010. Although they could not get past Canada in the bronze medal game, the team rallied plenty of support from enthusiastic crowds throughout the round-robin stages, especially when they ousted podium hopefuls Great Britain to secure a spot in the semi-finals.
Record ticket sales
With South Korea a potential medal contender in the sport, spectator tickets were hot commodities. The morning session on 12 March had an attendance of 86 per cent for the South Korea vs Canada match. The evening session also had an attendance of 81 per cent for the South Korea vs Germany match.
The official website for PyeongChang 2018 can be found here.