Canada retained its world domination of men's curling on Sunday (4 April) when it won the men's world championships in the Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
SV Canada's skipper, Al Hackner delivers stone in the Curling World Championships
SV Crowd cheering
SV PAN Switzerland's Patrick Loertscher delivers stone (2 shots)
SV PAN Switzerland's Jurg Hornisberger delivers stone (2 shots)
SV PAN Canada's Bruce Kennedy makes winning delivery and crowd cheers (3 shots)
SV Canadian and Swiss teams shaking hands and scoreboard with final result (2 shots)
SV Canadian team being presented with trophy
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Background: Canada retained its world domination of men's curling on Sunday (4 April) when it won the men's world championships in the Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The Canadians proved too strong for their Swiss opponents in the final and once again took the Air Canada Silver Broom trophy. The event was held on the ice rink built for the 1936 Olympic Games. The Canadian team -- Al Hackner, Rick Lang, Bob Nicol and Bruce Kennedy, playing in the white jerseys -- attracted a strong following both at the rink and at home in Canada as they defeated the Swiss, Jurg Tanner, Jurg Hornisberger, Patrick Loertscher and Franz Tanner. Curling was originally a Scottish sport, but now the game dominated by Canada. With half-a-million players to call on, Canada has lost only three of the 15 annual world championships. The game is also strong in West Germany, Sweden, Denmark, the United States, New Zealand, Norway and the Netherlands. The aim is to slide an 18-kilometre stone across an ice rink to a circle 40 metres away. During the game, players sweep the path of the stone clear of snow -- hence the name Silver Broom Trophy.