Canada, Sweden to contest gold medal game in women's Olympic curling after tight wins in semis

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Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes shouts instructions to her teammates during the women's curling semifinal game against Britain at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — 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.

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