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Feb. 17, 2014
USA women finish 10th at 2014 Olympic Winter Games
(SOCHI, Russia) - Erika Brown and the U.S. ladies closed out a rough week at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games with an 11-2 loss to Korea to finish in 10th place at the Ice Cube Curling Center.
"There are probably going to be a couple of different categories in terms of memories of the Olympics," Brown said. "There are so many great ones and, obviously, the on-ice stuff is pretty disappointing for us. It's not what we had hoped for. We thought we'd come out and have a really great week and it didn't happen."
The loss to Korea's Jisun Kim rink, with Un Chi Gim throwing last stones today, put Brown (Oakville, Ontario/Madison, Wis.) and teammates Debbie McCormick (Rio, Wis.), Jessica Schultz (Minneapolis, Minn.), Ann Swisshelm (Chicago), and Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.) final record at 1-8.
"It's over, I'm not glad. I wish we could start over again," McCormick said after the loss. "I know there were a lot of missed opportunities early on, missed shots early on and it's difficult when you start off poorly, but you never give up and I'm proud of the team for not giving up. It'd be easy to give up, you could just say, 'I'm an Olympian, I'm good,' but that's not us. We had some good battles, we're a strong unit, we believe in each other, and we never gave up on each other."
USA's back end had a tough shooting output today with the Korea's Gim out-performing USA, 96 to 55 percent.
"I'm feeling very disappointed in myself this week," said Brown, 41. "It just wasn't my week, you know? I feel badly about that. I'm not playing very well and we got down early. It's certainly not the way we wanted to finish the week, obviously. We wanted to play strong and walk off the ice together with a 'w,' and it didn't happen."
Two big misses by the Americans in the opening end gave Korea a chance to draw into the rings for four points to begin the game. The U.S. woes continued into the second end and Korea stole a point when Brown's final stone slipped past the tee-line and out of scoring position. Things didn't improve much in the third end as Korea had a stone on the button behind center guards. Brown removed it with her first stone but then was forced to draw the four-foot into a cluttered house of stones, mostly Korea's.
Korea had an opportunity to draw in for two points in the fourth end to extend the lead. They then put the game away with a steal of two when Brown missed the double takeout in the fifth with the last rock.
USA accepted a single point in the sixth end with a nose hit on the lone Korean stone in the rings. Korea made a takeout to score two more points in the seventh, prompting the Americans to offer the handshake to concede.
"I just wish we could have a couple of shots back ... I'm emotionally drained," said McCormick, who is USA's only curler to compete at four Olympic Winter Games and also had to deal with the loss of her grandmother, who passed away Feb. 13.
Canada (8-0) and Sweden (6-2) both had byes this morning and have already locked up playoff spots. Great Britain's Eve Muirhead rink improved to 5-3 with a 9-6 defeat of host Russia (3-6). Three teams are tied for fourth place at 4-4 - China, Japan and Switzerland. China and Switzerland meet tonight in the final round robin draw while Japan plays Sweden. If needed, tiebreaker games would be played on Tuesday.
The semifinals will take place at 2 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) MSK on Wednesday. The medal games for the ladies will be on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (bronze) and 5:30 p.m. (gold). The men's medal games are scheduled for Friday at 12:30 p.m. (bronze) and 5:30 p.m. (gold).
John Shuster and the U.S. men (2-6) take the ice this afternoon to close out their time at these Olympic Games. They'll face Switzerland's Sven Michel rink (2-6) at 2 p.m. MSK.
*Korea (Kim) 410 220 2xx x - 11
USA (Brown) 001 001 0xx x - 2
*last rock in first end
Women's Draw 11 scores: Korea 11, USA 2; Great Britain 9, Russia 6;
Great Britain 5-3
*clinched semifinal berth
Great Britain 5-3
Russian Fed. 2-6
*clinched semifinal berth
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Terry Kolesar, Press Officer, Team USA
Rick Patzke, Assistant Press Officer, Team USA
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