The 11th was another cat-and-mouse end that quickly found itself down to Bernard and Norberg. Teams who are tied with the hammer in the final end win 74 percent of the time, and this time Canada had it. (Although when they were up two without the hammer, Canada's winning percentage was a less surmountable 90 percent.) Norberg's last rock of the extra frame gave Bernard the opportunity for an open double takeout to win. This has a higher degree of difficulty than a regular takeout, but it may as well be curling immortality's bar exam.
I'll let the official infographic explain it all:
Remarkable. The "couldn't win the big one" bugaboo rang partially true. The thing is, a silver medal is still a medal, and it's probably more than most Canadians would have figured for Bernard headed into the Olympics.
As for Norberg, Eva Lund, Cathrine Lindahl, and Anna Le Moine, they now own two straight gold medals. They're the only team to win back-to-back golds while staying intact, and that could be a feat that will stand alone for quite some time. Even if they do retire tomorrow, the aging quartet will not be seen much longer on the world circuit. This was their introduction to greenhorn fans and their farewell to the lifetime audience member.