It’s the first gold for Canada’s women curlers in what has been the country’s second most popular sport since 1998, when curling returned to the Olympic program. The Canadian men’s team has won gold at the last two Olympics.
Britain beat Switzerland 6-5 earlier Thursday to win the bronze medal.
Canada won the gold medal in women’s Olympic curling, beating Sweden 6-3 and avenging a loss to the Swedes in the final at the Vancouver Games in 2010. The Canadians broke up a scrappy, error-strewn game with two steal points in the ninth to go ahead 6-3 ahead and then defended out the 10th end. Canadian skip Jennifer Jones’ rink went through the tournament undefeated, winning 11 straight games.