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Canada has won its first world mixed curling gold medal.

Mike Anderson and his team from Thornhill, Ont., prevailed at the Kelowna Curling Club on Saturday to be crowned world mixed curling champions.

Anderson, vice-skip Danielle Inglis, second Sean Harrison, lead Lauren Harrison and coach Jim Waite defeated Spain’s Sergio Vez 6-2 in the gold-medal draw.

It was the first time Canada has captured gold at the World Mixed Championship.

“It’s crazy,” said an emotional Anderson. “I started playing with Sean when I was 14 or 15, and it’s really cool to win with him. And to do it in Canada ... The crowds here, to hear the hooting and hollering and stomping, it makes the game that much more fun.”

There were plenty of reasons for the pro-Canadian crowd to cheer on Saturday as Canada carried the momentum from its semifinal victory over Norway’s Ingvild Skaga earlier in the day into the final.

“We kind of had that feeling yesterday morning (at the start of the playoffs) that we were in the exact same situation as we were when we won the nationals,” said Anderson. “You’ve got these games ahead of you; just put your head down and go. When you wake up with that feeling, it just makes everything a bit easier. The way we played this morning, coming into this game, it almost felt like a matter of time.”

After losing to Norway six days ago, Canada finished with four straight round-robin victories, and then added four more in the playoffs.

With the victory, Canada moves from fourth to first in the overall World Mixed Curling Rankings.

In the bronze-medal game, Russia’s Alexander Eremin stole one in the eighth end for a wild 8-7 win over Norway.

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