With seven of the nine rounds completed, the young Swiss rink continues to dominate the 1974 World Curling Championships in Bern, Switzerland.
With seven of the nine rounds completed, the young Swiss rink continues to dominate the 1974 World Curling Championships in Bern, Switzerland. But While the unbeaten Swiss recorded their seventh win in succession, 5-4 against the United States yesterday (21 March), the Canadians had been moving into equal second place in the standings with a convincing 8-4 victory over Italy.
Sweden, who had been just ahead of Canada, were surprisingly beaten by the French - recording only their second win of these championships. So the afternoon ended with Canada and Sweden equal on points.
SYNOPSIS: The World Curling Championships in Bern, Switzerland, have been dominated through the early rounds by the young Swiss rink. On Thursday, the United States was the latest of the ten countries taking part in this year's championships to challenge the supremacy of the Swiss. Up to this encounter, the Swiss had recorded six straight victories, while the United States had won four and lost two.
This United States rink if led by Bud Somerville, the only individual World Champion so far produced by the United States. He's playing alongside his brother-in-law in these championships.
Though the United States gave a good account of themseloves, they were finally edged to a five-four defeat by the unstoppable Swiss.
The Swiss this year are really challenging the traditional domination of the Canadians -- in action here during Thursday's encounter with Italy. The Italians had made a poor showing at these championships, winning only once. And they were soundly defeated eight-four by the Canadians.
While the Canadians were recordig this victory, the Swedes -- who had been just ahead of Canada in the championship table -- were surprisingly beaten by lowly France. So by the end of the afternoon, Canada had moved up into joint second place alongside Sweden. But they're still four points behind the Swiss in the championship table.