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USA eliminated from playoff contention at 2009 World Mixed Doubles

April 22, 2009, 1:03 p.m. (ET)
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - USA's Brady and Cristin Clark won't advance to the playoffs in their debut at the 2009 World Mixed Doubles Championship at the Olympic Ice Stadium in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

The Clarks (Lynnwood, Wash.) dropped to 2-4 in the standings after losing this morning to Denmark's Per and Christine Svensen, 8-6. With two games remaining in the round robin, the Americans have now been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

Starting with the last-rock advantage, the Americans jumped out to a 2-0 lead but Denmark quickly reciprocated. The third end proved to be the back-breaker for the U.S. as the Danes were able to steal four points from the Americans. They'd try to get back in the game but couldn't put up enough offense to stay alive in the playoff hunt.

The playoffs begin Friday with the gold- and bronze-medal games set for Saturday. This is the second year of this world championship event. Next year's event will take place in Chelyabinsk, Russia, at the same time as the World Senior Championships.

Game scores: Denmark 8, USA 6; Switzerland 8, Japan 6; Norway 9, Estonia 6; Sweden 9, Korea 4

Line score:
Denmark 024 010 01 8
*USA 200 102 10 6
*last stone in first end

Standings:
Green Group:
China 6-1
Hungary 5-2
Sweden 5-2
Denmark 4-2
Estonia 3-4
Korea 2-4
USA 2-4
Norway 2-6
Spain 1-5

Blue Group:
Switzerland 7-0
Poland 5-1
Czech Rep. 4-2
Austria 3-3
France 3-3
Latvia 3-3
Japan 2-4
Slovakia 1-5
Wales 0-7

Red Group:
Canada 6-0
Finland 5-1
Scotland 4-1
New Zealand 4-2
Russia 3-2
Italy 2-5
Australia 1-4
England 1-6
Bulgaria 0-5

Results and standings from the competition can be found online at http://www.curlingcortina.dolomiti.org/eng/Event/results.htm.

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