Fifty-year-old Howard helps group of youngsters create curling history The Canadian men's curling frustration is over, swept away by an energetic 50-year-old and a group of youngsters who helped him win gold. Canada routed Finland 10-4 to win their first Olympic curling title. After silver medals in 1998 and 2002, the Canadians left no doubt this time, breaking it open with six points in the sixth end. Finland conceded after eight ends - the earliest a team can give up in the championship game. There are a maximum 10 ends to a game. Canada's Russ Howard, who turned 50 last Sunday, became the oldest Winter Olympic gold medallist. Afterwards, he stood on the podium next to the second-oldest Canadian, 26-year-old Jamie Korab, who had dyed his spiked hair red and white. 'He's just like one of the guys,' Korab said. 'He's a big kid and just great to play with.' Howard, one of Canada's most famous curlers, was added to Brad Gushue's team for his experience. He surpassed the record set by American bobsleigher Jay O'Brien, a gold medallist at age 48 at the 1932 games in Lake Placid. US curler Scott Baird, at 54 the oldest Olympian in Winter Games history, won a bronze medal. A two-time world champion, Howard said the Olympic gold was his greatest accomplishment. 'Number one - honest, honest,' he said. 'You can only get here once every four years, so it's harder. The Olympic pressure, you've got the flag at your back, you're supposed to win - this is better.' The Canadian men have won 29 world championships in curling, Canada's second-most popular sport behind hockey. But only the women's curlers have captured an Olympic title - in 1998 before settling for bronze in 2002 and again this year. The Canadians struggled early at this year's games. Howard was sick at the start of the tournament and Korab fell ill towards the end of the preliminary round. Canada were the last team to qualify for the medal round, then beat the United States 11-5 in the semi-finals, finishing that match off with five points in the ninth end. Five points in an end is extremely rare in curling and six is believed to be an Olympic record. Canada actually could have had seven in the sixth end against Finland if Gushue's last shot hadn't slid long, but that hardly mattered. The Canadians led 10-3, and the crowd full of red-and-white clad fans was ready to celebrate. 'The game was finished then, I think,' Finnish lead Teemu Salo said. 'You can try to come back, but if you're playing Canada, and they're playing that well, it's hard to come from behind.' As Finland's Markku Uusipaavalniemi sent his final rock into the scoring zone to end the eighth, the Canadians began celebrating. 'It's hard to put into words right now,' Canada's Mark Nichols said. 'I think it'll sink in the next few days. But to be the first team from Canada to win a gold medal in the men's competition ... it's great.' Gushue and Howard shared a hug while Uusipaavalniemi's final shot was still in play, then Gushue immediately grabbed a mobile phone. He called his mother, who is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. Howard joked afterwards that the team were unbeaten since he turned 50. Mike Adam, an alternate who gave up his spot in Canada's line-up to make room for Howard, credited the new addition for Canada's title. 'He brings a calming influence on the ice. He's been there, done that,' Adam said. 'If I was stepping down, there's no one I'd rather step down for than Russ Howard.'