Curling: Japan women's team handed 2nd loss in Pyeongchang


At the beginning of the Olympic women's curling tournament at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Canada's Rachel Homan got off to a disgusting start in women's action as they lost their first three games. The top four teams after the round robin advance to the semifinals.

"The way you play the game doesn't change, whether it's a finals match or on the Olympic stage", Morozumi said, adding the team is focused on its final group match against host South Korea. Ottawa's Rachel Homan and Calgary's Kevin Koe have experienced that first-hand at the Gangneung Curling Centre.

Canada's Kaitlin Lawes and John Morris already captured gold in the mixed doubles-tournament - a brand new event these Olympics - while the men's team is in second place in its tournament.

"There's nothing you can do about the way you start but you can do something about the way you finish", Miskew said.

Homan stole four in the fifth end to take a 6-1 lead over Satsuki Fujisawa's rink. Her arms folded in front of her in post-game interviews, Miskew was expressionless answering questions from the media.

Chinami Yoshida, whose shot success percentage lagged at 55 percent, said she wants to play the way she usually does in the next match against Sweden, the runners-up at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Muirhead had a hog line violation on her final throw of the 11th end, removing he team's final stone and setting up and easy throw and two points for Sweden. "We played a great game other than my one big miss". They've bounced back with two straight victories, but still sit in a tie for sixth out of 10 teams, with only four making it past the round robin stage. "A lot of it was just believing in each other, in what we're seeing out there, and helping each other out".

"I am not surprised we are playing well but I am surprised we are both undefeated so far", Edin said, "because that takes a lot at the Olympic Games to not lose any games". A possible loss to Japan meant Canada was vulnerable to slipping down the standings, but they shook off any notion that the losing streak meant it was time to hit the panic button after losing to the United States.

No miracle 10th-end comeback was in the cards.