Norway's Steffen Walstad (Photo by Steve Seixeiro, World Curling Federation) and Chang-Min Kim of Korea improve to 2-0 with wins during World Men's Curling Championship draw.
Las Vegas, Nevada - Norway is charging at the Men's Worlds, the country known for pants and Team Ulsrud now skipped by young Steffen Walstad, with Markus Hoiberg, Magnus Nedregotten and Magnus Vagberg as the future of the sport have come show they're ready for the City of Lights. Walstad won 8-2 over Germany Alexander Baumann in draw 3 action Sunday morning, while Korea Chang-Min Kim also won, defeating Japan's Masaki Aoki 9-2 to also improve to 2-0 and join Sweden as the ony undefeated teams remaining.
Walstad opened with two in the first end, then stole 2 more points in the second end for an early 4-0 lead on Germany. After forcing Germany to a single in the third end, Walstad scored one of their own in the fourth end, then stole two more in the fifth end for a 7-1 lead.
For Walstad, the experience of the Men's World last season in Edmonton finishing 5-6 along with a finals appearance in the Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge in Regina in September have setup this team coming into the event with the experience to challenge for the title.
Kim opened scoring in the second end with a single point, then scored three in the fourth and sixth ends to jump out to an unsurmountable 7-2 over Japan while Russia's Alexey Timofeev scored one in an extra end to defeat De Jia Zou of China 7-6.
Jaap van Dorp of the Netherlands stole the ninth and tenth ends against the United States skipped by Rich Ruohonen to win 6-4 and even their record to 1-1. The United States also sits at 1-1 after 3 draws.