Decisive win keeps Canada perfect


It only took six ends for Kevin Martin, and team Canada to roll over Denmark 10-3 in men’s curling action from the Vancouver Olympic Center on Friday.

Canada improved to 5-0 while Denmark dropped to 1-4 after draw six of round robin play.

Martin made a great shot in the fourth end to put Canada in position to score five, and all but clinch the game.  Denmark’s skip, Ulrik Schmidt had to make a near perfect shot to avoid going down 7-2 but could not.

Canada added some insurance in the sixth end scoring three and ultimately forcing the Danes to concede in what was Canada’s most decisive victory yet at the Games.

Martin’s rink will close out round robin play on Tuesday afternoon against China, who is coming off a disappointing 7-5 loss to Norway.

The Chinese scored two points in the ninth end to tie the match at five, only to surrender two points in the tenth in the loss.

In other action from Friday, Germany came back to beat Switzerland after being down 4-1 heading into the fifth end.  The German’s scored three times in the ninth improving their record to 2-3.

The United States put an end to a winless Olympics defeating France 4-3 while skip, John Shuster looked on from the sidelines after being benched for the match.

“For this game he is sitting out, we support their decision. It’s not unprecedented. Our mission and their mission is to put the best possible team on the ice for every game. After their meeting last night, they decided this was the best team,” Rick Patzke, USA Curling chief operating officer, told the Associated Press.

The youngest member of the American team, 22-year-old Chris Plys, took over as skip which looked to revitalize an under-performing U.S. group. 

The American’s scored twice in the ninth end and once in the 10th to earn the victory.