Denmark, Scotland beat Canada in finals at world junior curling

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VANCOUVER - Back at his home in Denmark, a drawing hangs over Rasmus Stjerne's bed.
It shows the young skip celebrating after winning the gold medal at the world junior curling championships, with his parents looking on in the crowd.
Stjerne's vision became reality Sunday when he used a steal of three points in the eighth end to defeat Canada's Brett Gallant 9-6 in the men's final.
Stjerne made the drawing after reading a book four months ago.
''It said if you can paint it, and you can dream it, you can fulfil it,'' he said after becoming the first Dane to win a world junior title. ''When I was there with my last shot I kind of knew I already was there in my dreams.''
It was a day of anguish for the two Canadian teams that reached the finals.
Winnipeg's Kaitlyn Lawes buried her face in her hands after missing her final shot, allowing Scotland's Eve Muirhead to steal a point for an 8-6 victory in the women's gold medal game.
It was Muirhead's third consecutive world junior title and second as a skip.
Switzerland defeated Russia 5-4 to win the women's bronze medal. American Chris Plys, last year's champion, defeated Sweden's Oskar Eriksson 9-4 in eight ends to win the men's bronze.
Gallant of Charlottetown, who finished first in the round-robin with a 8-1 record, walked past reporters after his loss and refused interviews.
Second Anson Carmody said winning silver wasn't good enough.
''I think our ultimate goal was the gold medal,'' said Carmody. ''Anything less really isn't that significant to us.''
A sobbing Lawes lost her battle to remain composed while speaking to reporters.
''I don't know what to say,'' said the 20-year-old university of Manitoba student. ''It (winning) meant a lot to me.
''It's too soon to talk about it.''
The men's game was close until the eighth. With Denmark leading 6-4, Gallant was forced to draw against five Danish rocks. His last shot was heavy, sliding to the back of the 12-foot ring.
The play was sort of deja vu. Stjerne lost a tough game to Gallant in Saturday's 1-versus-2 Page playoff game when the Danish skip gave up a steal of six points in the sixth end to lose 11-5 in eight ends.
''I think we played well today,'' said Stjerne, whose best finish in his previous five world junior appearances, was a fourth. ''That really gave us a chance to pressure them.''
Third Adam Casey denied the Canadians took Denmark lightly.
''They played better than us,'' he said. ''We came out flat. We just didn't have weight.''
Canadian men had won nine of the previous 11 world junior championships.
The Danish rink of third Mikkel Krause, second Oliver Dupont and lead Troels Harry led 4-2 after five ends.
In the fourth, with the score tied 2-2, Gallant wanted to hit and roll out to blank the end. Instead his final rock was wide, giving Stjerne the point. In the fifth, Gallant was heavy on an attempted tap-back, giving Denmark another point.
This was the first world junior appearance for Gallant and his rink of Casey, Carmody and lead Jamie Danbrook. He had played in five Canadian championships, finishing third last year and losing the 2007 final.
The 2,000-seat Vancouver Olympic Centre, the venue which will be used for curling during next winter's 2010 Games, was about half full for the men's final. Canadian flags waved and a pro-Canada crowd stomped and cheered for each of Gallant's shots.
A much smaller crowd watched the women's final.
Lawes knew as soon as she realized her final stone her shot was off. Tears streamed down her face while the Scottish team of Muirhead, third Anna Sloan, second Vicki Adams and lead Sarah MacIntyre hugged in celebration.
''That was an excellent game,'' said Muirhead, 18. ''We played well from the start. I'm very pleased to win three in a row.''
Lawes faced two difficult choices with her last shot. With a Scottish stone buried almost on the button behind several guards, she had the option of attempting a raise takeout.
Instead, Lawes decided to try a come-around tap. The goal was to move Muirhead's rock enough for Canada to score two and win the game. A single would have forced the match into an extra end, but given Scotland the hammer.
Lawes' shot was heavy and wide. The Canadian rink of third Jenna Loder, second Laryssa Grenkow and lead Breanne Meakin could only watch as the rock sailed through the house.
Muirhead admitted beating Canada at home made the gold even better.
''It's always good to beat the home nation,'' she smiled.
Muirhead, who is also a scratch golfer, skipped Scotland at last year's championship. She was a third on Sara Reid's rink that won the title in 2007.

Organizations: Vancouver Olympic Centre

Geographic location: Denmark, Canada, Scotland VANCOUVER Winnipeg Switzerland Sweden Charlottetown Manitoba

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