Four years ago, the Swedish men’s soccer team saw an excited US team win their country’s first flex sport gold medal. It was a bitter sadness that they did not forget.
Eight years after winning bronze and four years after winning silver, Sweden on Saturday finally got its first curly gold medal.
Niklas Edin, of Sweden, told reporters: “It feels crazy. “I almost had to ask someone before coming here, ‘We won, didn’t we?’
Sweden’s victory came after a tight match against England, which is also looking for its first gold medal in ironing since the sport’s official return to the Olympics in 1998. England won. won the first ironball gold medal, at the 1924 Olympics in Chamonix, France, before the sport of broomsticks and heavy sleds, had disappeared from the Olympic program for 74 years.
The final score was 5-4, a victory sealed by steady Swedish play and a daring final British attempt that failed.
Britain’s silver was the country’s first medal of any kind at the Beijing Games. Canada won bronze on Friday, beating the United States.
Sweden’s victory was especially gratifying for Edin, one of the best tennis players in the world. At 36, he has overcome his injury history in pursuit of another trip to the Olympics, another golden opportunity. He also knew that he didn’t have much time left.
“I guess it puts a lot of pressure on you, because you don’t have too many opportunities in these things,” he said in a statement. interview in January.
Eden has dozens of pounds and titles piled up in his home in Karlstad, Sweden, but keeps two Olympic medals in the glass cabinet. Now, after adding the gold he’s been chasing for over a decade, he’s got a complete set.
“God, that’s great,” he told reporters after the game. “It’s obviously been an incredibly long journey with pretty disappointing defeats.”
Edin said that the gold, obtained after a recent match, seems to be in line with the Olympic tournament.
“The game is very tight and there’s a lot of emotion there,” he said. “We felt that we played well enough and we deserved to be champions but it still feels completely crazy and when it actually happens it’s confusing.”
Britain’s women’s irons team faces Japan in a gold medal match on Sunday.
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