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Canada's men's and women's curlers make Olympic finals

Kevin Martin

Canada's men through to curling final

Canada will have two further chances to add to their gold medal tally after both their men's and women's curling teams won their semi-finals.

The men's side comfortably defeated Sweden 6-3 and will face Norway, who beat Switzerland 7-5, on Friday.

Canada's women beat Switzerland 6-5 to set up a meeting with champions Sweden, who defeated world champions China.

In a repeat of last year's world final, Sweden won 9-4 after scoring three each in the fifth and eighth ends.

Women's world number ones Canada remained unbeaten only after Swiss skip Mirjam Ott missed a chance to tie the game at 6-6 in the 10th end.

Ott took out a Canadian stone to score one but her stone followed it.

Canada's men's game hinged on the fifth end with skip Kevin Martin stealing two against the hammer to give his side a notable advantage.

The Canadians have won all 10 of their matches in Vancouver, and a gold would make them the first team to go unbeaten since curling returned as an Olympic medal sport in 1998. It also happened in 1924, when Britain was perfect in a four-team event.

"This was our obviously our goal coming into the week. We certainly expected to be in the final," said Canadian lead Ben Hebert.

"I would like to get it not just for Kevin (Martin) and the other two but for your whole country, and ourselves. We came here to prove something."

But Norway are determined to pull of an upset on Saturday and come away with the gold.

"This is what we have been training for. When we put this team together, that was what we have been aiming for, an Olympic final," said Thomas Ulsrud.

"The way we are playing right now though, I'm sure we have a great chance. It's an Olympic final, you don't get there too often, so you had better enjoy it."

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