March 12 - Canada's men and Scotland's women showed they have a long and bright future ahead of them as both claimed gold medals at the 2012 World Junior Curling Championships in Östersund, Sweden.
It was Scotland's women who were first to secure the title as they defended their crown by beating the Czech Republic 6-5 to take gold after an extra end was required to separate the two sides.
The win came when Scottish skip Hannah Fleming (pictured far right) produced a brilliant final stone in the last end to score the one point to win the game and she admitted she was delight to secure victory.
"I only finally believed we were going to win when my stone stopped on the last shot," she said.
"We felt fine in the tenth, my first over-curled but we knew that we always had the chance for an extra end if we got one out, so I did that with my second.
"I knew the extra end was going to come down to my last one because they played really well.
"I wasn't enjoying my last shot very much, but I know that I had to do it and it worked out in the end."
Meanwhile, in the bronze medal game, Russia claimed victory as they defeated hosts Sweden 7-4 to take third place at the event for the second year in succession.
"I'm happy – we are the first team from Russia to win the bronze medal twice," said Russian skip Anna Sidorova.
"Even though the Russian girls won the gold in 2006, it's really hard to win a medal two years in a row so we are really happy.
"It's difficult to say how we beat Sweden today, we just played really well."
Canada claimed their gold medal in the men's competition as they defeated hosts Sweden by 10-4.
It was Canadian skip Brendan Bottcher who led his team to victory and he admitted that he was still in shock after the achievement.
"It feels just amazing to be world champion," he said.
"We've been curling all our lives to have a chance at something like this, and it's amazing to have gotten here and to win it.
"This team has been amazing and they've made my job easy.
"This means that a lot of work we've put in this year and in years past has paid off for us".
In the men's bronze medal game, Scotland beat Norway 7-3 to take third spot on the podium to make it a hugely successful event for the country.
"We're absolutely delighted to medal – that was our goal at the start of the week, so we're happy," said Scottish skip Kyle Smith.
"We've been playing quite well all week, we've just had a couple of loose games, but we knew what we had to do today and we did it.
"We've still got a few years left so, with any luck we'll be there [in the gold medal final].
"We knew that the gold was gone yesterday, so we just had to focus and what we could get today, and that's what we've done."
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