Canada, Sweden play for women's curling gold after close semifinals

Canada's Jill Officer reacts during the women's curling semifinal game against Britain.

Wong Maye-E / AP

SOCHI, Russia -- Canada and Sweden will play off for the gold medal in women's Olympic curling after winning semifinal games that went to the final shot on Wednesday.

The Canadians stole a point in the second end and never surrendered their grip in a 6-4 win over world champion Britain.

Sweden, the two-time defending champion, beat Switzerland 7-5 after Swiss skip Mirjam Ott was heavy with a draw shot on her last rock.

Canada will be considered the favorite after going through the round-robin stage undefeated with nine wins - an unprecedented feat in women's Olympic curling.

Canada beat the Swedes 9-3 in the round robin.

 

 

Britain will play Switzerland for the bronze medal. Both medal games are on Thursday.