Thomas_UlsrudJanuary 18 - North America smashed the record score as they clinched victory over Team World to lift curling's World Financial Group Continental Cup.

The 298-102 victory in Alberta, Canada, which toppled the previous high of 290 set in 2007, earned the victorious Americans a $13,000 (£8,200) bonus.

In a repeat of the Olympic Winter Games men's final, gold medallist Canada's Kevin Martin faced Norway's Thomas Ulsrud (pictured) in a skins game where 55 points were at stake plus the bonus.

It was a tight game, where the points carried over until the seventh end, when 35 were up for grabs.

Ulsrud just missed a double take out to hand Martin's team the points.

"I was sure I had it," said Ulsrud afterwards.

"I felt kind of stupid when I turned over to the World bench and called out 'show me the money' and...whoops, it jammed!

"It caps off the week for Team World - it was close but on the wrong side of an inch."

For Martin's team it was a lucky miss and they went on to win 39-16.

"Thomas is a character - he would make that shot more than he misses it – so we were a little lucky," he said.

"They didn't get the chemistry going or the atmosphere wasn't right for them for some reason, unlike the last year when they made everything and they beat us up bad.

"I guess that's the way it goes sometimes."

The 2011 World Financial Group Continental Cup, presented by Monsanto, brought together 12 of the best curling teams in the world, six representing Team World, six representing Team North America.

A total of 400 points was available from four types of curling competition - team games worth 72 points, mixed doubles 36 points, singles 32 points and skins 260 points.

Each segment awarded points for wins - or ties - and the first side to reach 201 points was declared the winner.

For full results click here.

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