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Aiming Vancouver, China Won Gold in 2009 World Women’s Curling Championship

Women CurlingChina women’s curling team defeated Sweden by 8 : 6 in 2009 World Women’s Curling Championship in South Korea, winning the first-ever gold in the tournament. The team, skipped by 25-year-old Wang Bingyu, continued their 11 game winning streak in the final, knocking off Swedish player Anette Norberg, the Olympic champion in Turin. The women’s curling team finished second in last years’ World Championship. They are now expected to win gold at Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Supported by the country’s juguo or whole-nation sports regime, China women’s curling team was established in 2001 and is now coached by Canadian Daniel Rafael, who’s also the head coach of China men’s curling team. The five team members, who together crowned Winter Universiade last month in Harbin, are all from Harbin Institute of Sports(哈尔滨体育学院), and have been receiving full-time training mostly in Canada and European countries, a predominant advantage compared with their fellow competitors.

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