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Winter Olympics 2018: Canada dominates U.S. to earn first women's curling victory

18 February, 2018, 05:19 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Team Homan sticking to the script in women's curling

United States Men's Curling coach Phill Drobnick and players Joe Polo, John Landsteiner, Tyler George and John Shuster attend a press conference at the Main Press Centre during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 11, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

At the fifth end, South Korea earned two points to widen gap with Canada to 4-1 by pushing out two stones of their rivals.

Canada took an 8-6 lead in the eighth end when Dupont's draw attempt came up light. Homan chose to have it removed, rather than leave it, or to place it where it would have otherwise stopped - as is common etiquette in competitive curling. "It doesn't look good on you".

Denmark, however, later tied the score and emerged with a 9-8 victory in overtime.

When burned rocks occur, the opposing team has three choices: They can ignore the foul, rearrange the stones to whatever position they think they would have ended up if the stone hadn't been touched, or remove the stone from play. Homan needed a takeout for the win, but clipped one of the guards, allowing Denmark to steal the game. Homan later defended her decision to remove the stone, saying it's "just the rules". While Canada's takeout shots were precise, the US team missed several shots early in the game.

Canada's Rachel Homan then missed her targets with the final stone of the end.

When burned stones occur, the captain, or skip, of the opposing team has three choices.

Canada is the only rink in the women's draw without a win.

The U.S. team's skip, Nina Roth, said her team had a few unfortunate misses in the first end that put them on the back foot from the start. "They're just different because they can feel this pressure, which we don't have".

On Friday, Canada defeated South Korea's male team 7-6, marking the fourth consecutive loss for the host country in the event.



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