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Published: Tue, February 20, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Canada upset by South Korea in women's curling in Olympic opener

Canada upset by South Korea in women's curling in Olympic opener

The South Korean women's curling team has defeated top-ranked Canada in the preliminary round at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Switzerland scored first, and had three points in the fourth and sixth ends to take a 7-4 lead.

At 3-4 following a 7-5 loss to China on Tuesday, winning their remaining games against Britain and the team from Russian Federation was a requirement for Canada to avoid elimination from medal contention.

The top four teams in the round robin get into 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. Sweden, Britain and Japan were 5-3 with China, the United States and Canada hanging on for their playoff lives at four losses. Canada (3-4) dropped to seventh in the standings.

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. "What more can you say?" said Koe.

"I think yesterday's win was a hard grind and we needed everything and today we just played that much sharper", said Homan.

"We're not rookies out here so we can tell if there's glaring issues or mistakes or mechanical issues or things that are happening or if there's tension on the team or guys aren't getting along", Canadian lead Ben Hebert said.

Canada tallied points early and often Saturday morning, forcing the United States to concede with the score at 11-3 after seven ends. "I'm really proud that we're here representing Canada and we're going to give it our all and leave it out there". "We're playing well, but I can make a few bigger ones for the guys". "We're making a lot of shots out there, too". "A lot of it was just believing in each other, in what we're seeing out there, and helping each other out".

Although the Japanese side was able to force an extra end with a clutch point in the 10th, it wasn't enough to save the team's unblemished record.

Coming into the PyeongChang games, everyone expected to be chasing the Canadians in both the men's and women's curling tournaments.

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