The U.S. women’s curling team fought back valiantly from a four-point deficit after five ends, but ultimately dropped their world championship semifinal match on the last rock to skip Jennifer Jones of Canada.
Instead of playing for gold, Team USA will compete for the bronze medal against Russia on Sunday in North Bay, Ontario.
Team USA finished round-robin play with a record of 6-6 to secure the sixth and final spot in the playoff round. Once there, skip Jamie Sinclair and Team USA advanced to the semifinals with a 10-3 playoff win over South Korea on Saturday and then faced an undefeated 12-0 Canada in the semifinal.
“A re-match against Canada, that’ll be another fun game to play,” Sinclair said after their match against Korea. “We put the pressure on them and that’s the kind of pressure that we want to be putting on Canada. We have a lot of really good momentum going into this semifinal.”
Getting to the game against Canada was no easy task. The qualification game against South Korea was a tight 3-3 game going into in the ninth end, but Team USA then put up a rare seven-point end to advance.
In the evening semifinal, Team USA’s top-seeded northern neighbors led 6-2 after five ends, but the U.S. fought back and tied the score at 7 with a steal in the ninth end. It was maybe a bit of bad luck, as it gave Canada possession of the hammer in the deciding 10th end, and Jones was able to execute her final rock for a deuce to send Canada to the gold-medal game.
It was the fourth playoff appearance for the U.S. women since they last medaled in 2006. Since then, they have appeared in the bronze-medal game twice (2007, 2013), finishing fourth both times. They will play for the bronze medal at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday.