Canada crushes Americans in women’s curling

It took just seven ends for Canada to defeat the Americans 9-2 in the women’s curling tournament on Sunday.

Canada took an early lead, scoring six points in the first four ends.

Cheryl Bernard remains the only undefeated skip in the tournament as Canada improved to 5-0 in round-robin action. The Americans fall to 2-6 while Canada remains in first place.

Bernard has yet to face her closest opponents, Sweden’s Anette Norberg (4-1) and China’s Bingyu Wang (4-2) who is the reigning world champion.

Canada faces China Sunday night then meets Sweden Monday afternoon while the U.S. women face Sweden Sunday night in a do-or-die game. One more loss will eliminate the Americans from medal contention.

Switzerland 10, Great Britain 6

Mirjam Ott took an early 8-1 lead in the fourth end when Switzerland stole four points.

Ott (3-3) is on a three-game winning streak after going 0-3 in the beginning of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Great Britain’s Eve Muirhead (3-4) has dropped three straight.

The Swiss will be looking for their fourth consecutive win when they meet Japan on Monday, while Great Britain will try to break their losing streak against Denmark.

Denmark 6, Germany 5

Germany’s medal hopes took a serious blow as they dropped their fourth straight match.

Denmark had an early 3-1 lead after the third end that almost slipped away in the ninth when they dropped three, tying the score at five.

Madeleine Dupont guided her team to victory in the tenth end with a nice takeout. Denmark is now 2-5 while Germany is 2-4.

The Germans are looking to turn things around Sunday night when they face Japan, while Denmark has to wait until Monday to take on Great Britain.

Japan 12, Russia 9

Russia blew an early 6-0 lead, giving up three in each the sixth and seventh ends.

With the score tied at nine after ten, the game went to an extra end, where Japan scored three to complete the wild comeback.  

Japan kept their medal hopes alive as the win moved them up to fourth place.

Russia, who is tied with Denmark in last place, is 2-5 while Japan is 3-2.

Japan meets Germany Sunday night, while Russia waits until Monday to face China.

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By: Melissa Boufounos
Posted: Feb 21 2010 8:05 pm
Filed under: Winter Games