Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Canada's Rachel Homan makes statement with 1st win of Olympics

Canada's Rachel Homan makes statement with 1st win of Olympics

Canada's women's curling team was upset by host South Korea in round-robin action in their Olympic opener on Day 6 at Pyeongchang 2018. But they had fallen to last place in the standings after losing their first three matches.

Members of South Korea's women's curling team high five during a round robin preliminary match against Switzerland at the Gangneung Curling Center on February 16, 2018, during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg skipped the Canadian team to a gold medal against Sweden at the 2014 Games in Sochi. After blanking the first three ends, each team traded single points for five straight ends. While Canada's takeout shots were precise, the US team missed several shots early in the game. Accordingly, despite Canada managing to earn two more points at the 10th end, South Korea took the game at 8-6.

"I think we played really well in those other games, but we each had a couple key mistakes that really cost us", Homan said. "And learning from those mistakes moving forward I think was the key to today".

"There are options, and we've burned rocks in the past and they've come off", she said. But Denmark scored three of their own in the third and stole another in the fourth after Homan failed to reach the circles on her hammer throw.

There's been a rare bit of controversy at the Canada vs. Denmark women's curling match over what's known as a burned stone.

Canada's Rachel Homan then missed her targets with the final stone of the end.

Homan chose to remove the stone, the most aggressive option. Tweets from curling fans immediately began to flow, with some criticising the move as unsportsmanlike. Curling has a deeply ingrained ethos of good sportsmanship, and the rules dictate that players treat their opponents kindly. Homan later defended her decision to remove the stone, saying it's "just the rules".

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