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Norway advances to mixed doubles semifinals with win over China

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Norway is heading to the mixed doubles curling semifinals.


The team from Norway — made up of Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten — defeated China 9-7 in a round-robin tiebreaker Sunday morning at the Gangneung Curling Centre to keep its medal hopes alive. 


"We worked very hard: This has been our goal for several years,” Skaslien said about reaching the semifinals. “So when you make it to the playoffs, it's kind of a big relief because you've worked so hard for it."


China opened the matchup with two quick points in the first end, but Norway answered with three of its own to take a one-point lead through two frames.



The teams alternated points over the next two ends before China tallied two points in the fifth to regain the advantage.


Norway, however, grabbed control of the match when it scored four points in the following end.



China responded with two points in the seventh end before Norway scored in the final frame to seal the victory.




“Of course, you're very, very happy to (advance to the semifinals). It's like a dream come true,” Skaslien said to reporters after the game. “And to do this with Magnus (Nedregotten) is a big adventure."



Both teams finished round-robin action with a 4-3 record. China opened play with losses in three of its first four matches but followed with four straight wins, including a victory over Norway, to force the tiebreaker.


Norway advances to face top-seeded Canada, while the Olympic Athletes from Russia and Switzerland will matchup in the other semifinal. 


"Canada is the big favorite — we're the underdogs,” Skaslien said. “So we just have to focus on our game and try to play our best."




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