Winter Olympics: Team GB women eye curling medal but men face play-off

by Leon Thompson February 22, 2018, 0:34
Winter Olympics: Team GB women eye curling medal but men face play-off

"Even us on the coach's bench, it's easy for us, we're on the periphery, to look inwards and examine every little micro expression and every interaction, but unless we've been out there or been in that situation, I truthfully think it's hard for us to pass judgment", said Kingsbury. A loss to China severely damaged Canada's playoff hopes, but the Canadians still controlled their own destiny.

"It was a tough field and we came up a little bit short of expectations of ourselves", she told the CBC after the game.

The top four teams in the round robin advance to the semifinals. They handled this as only Canadians would. A better playoff fate than that required other countries to lose. Sweden is second at 5-2, while Great Britain and Japan (Satsuki Fujisawa) are at 5-3.

Take Shawn Germain, the husband of Olympic curler Rachel Homan, for example He's not even competing in the games and he's already won the Olympics.

The Canadians looked to be in good shape tied 4-4 through eight ends and holding the hammer, but a miscue kept them from blanking the ninth end, forcing Homan to draw for one, and then a Miskew shot nicking off a guard in the 10th opened the door for the Brits to score two for the win. Koe's win stopped a three-game losing skid.

Canadian curling icon Glenn Howard, who is coaching the British team led by Eve Muirhead, said the Canadians acquitted themselves well, but the tournament shows how the rest of the world has caught up.

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The Canadian women winning out Wednesday would pull the Brits down to four losses to force a tiebreaker.

"The last couple of days have actually been nice because we chose to let go of the first couple days", Miskew said.

"I'm a little bit disappointed", said Homan, who finished with a 9-8 win over a team from Russian Federation.

"As a team I think we played really well". Miskew was outdrawn by counterpart Yhan Zou 95 per cent to 71.

The mission was hard and despite coach Adam Kingsbury recognizing the "must-win games", Team Homan fell to Great Britain 6-5 - in a game that declared a victor on one of the final throws of the game.

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