Bad end sinks USA in loss to Switzerland in mixed doubles curling

By Terry L. Davis | Feb. 08, 2018, 9:07 p.m. (ET)

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Feb. 9, 2018

 

Team USA slips to 1-2 with loss to Swiss in mixed doubles curling

 

(GANGNEUNG, South Korea) – Team USA’s Becca Hamilton and Matt Hamilton held a slim lead throughout today’s match against Switzerland but couldn’t hold back the world champions in a 9-4 loss this morning in mixed doubles curling at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

 

The Hamilton siblings (both of McFarland, Wis.) were matched rock for rock against Jenny Perret and Martin Rios as the Swiss scored the maximum six points in the final end to remain undefeated.

 

The loss drops the Americans to 1-2 in the seven-game round robin at the Gangneung Curling Centre.

 

“We didn’t catch the breaks. That’s curling so we’ll go out and win the next one,” Matt Hamilton said. “They are a good team, they are defending world champs, so hats off to them, they made more shots.”

 

The U.S. team struggled to put points on the scoreboard for the second straight match but led today’s game until things unraveled in the eighth.

 

We played really well for the first half of the game. We got the force in five. Those ends went perfectly well. Unfortunately, we gave up a steal in the sixth with the power play, which is always tough to take,” said Jake Higgs, coach for Team USA. “As soon as we gave up a steal there – we’re in a bit of trouble. In the seventh end, we would have either got a multiple score or given them a steal. If we give them a steal – they can’t power play coming home. Unfortunately, we got stuck with one – so then you are up against it.”

 

Next up for the U.S. team is a matchup with host Korea (1-2) at 1:35 p.m. KT. The Korean team lost to Norway, 8-3, this morning.

 

After being held to a single point in the opening end with the hammer advantage, Team USA stole a point in the second end thanks to a great raise double takeout from Matt Hamilton that put the U.S. back in control. Rios was heavy with his final shot of the end and actually removed the Swiss stone that was in scoring position as the Americans took a 2-0 lead.

 

The teams exchanged singles with Becca Hamilton drawing the four-foot for a point in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead into the break. The Swiss got a stone locked on the button with U.S. stones around it in the fifth end but couldn’t create any additional offense as they cut into the modest U.S. lead. In hopes of generating some offense, the Americans put their power play to use in the sixth end but with no reward as Becca Hamilton’s final stone was heavy and the Swiss stole a point.

 

The Americans finally had a chance for multiple points in the seventh end but their last stone was too light as they secured just a single. In control, the Swiss then put the power play into action in the final end and the American team was not precise enough with its draw attempts as the Swiss team just simply removed every stone to score six to improve to 3-0.

 

USA line score:

*USA                   110 100 10 – 4

Switzerland        001 011 06 – 9

*last rock to begin game

 

Other game scores: Canada 10, China 4; Norway 8, Korea 3; OAR 7, Finland 5

 

Standings:

Switzerland        3-0

Canada               2-1

Norway               2-1

OAR                     2-1

China                  1-2

Korea                  1-2

USA                     1-2

Finland               0-3

 

Olympic mixed doubles curling competition, Team USA schedule (all times local, +15 CT):

Friday:

  • 1:35 p.m., USA vs. Korea (Hyeji Jang and Kijeong Lee)

Saturday:

  • 9:05 a.m., USA vs. China (Rui Wang and Dexin Ba)
  • 8:05 p.m., USA vs. Norway (Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten)

Sunday:

  • 9:05 a.m., USA vs. Finland (Oona Kauste and Tomi Rantamaki)
  • 8:05 p.m., tiebreaker games, if needed

Monday, Feb. 12:

  • 9:05 a.m., semifinal 1
  • 8:05 p.m., semifinal 2

Tuesday, Feb. 13:

  • 9:05 a.m., bronze-medal game
  • 8:05 p.m., gold-medal game

 

USA round robin results:

USA 9, OAR 3

Canada 6, USA 4

Switzerland 9, USA 4

 

All games will stream live at www.nbcolympics.com with NBC’s TV coverage being live and on tape delay on NBCSN and CNBC. A complete schedule is posted at http://www.nbcolympics.com/live-stream-schedule#/.

 

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