USA suffers third loss in mixed doubles curling

By Terry L. Davis | Feb. 09, 2018, 2:08 a.m. (ET)

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Feb. 9, 2018

Team USA loses third straight in Olympic mixed doubles curling

(GANGNEUNG, South Korea) – It was a rough day on the ice for Team USA’s Becca Hamilton and Matt Hamilton as they lost both of their round robin matches to slip to 1-3 in the mixed doubles standings at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

The American siblings from McFarland, Wis., suffered a 9-1 loss this afternoon at the Gangneung Curling Centre to host Korea and now will have their backs against the wall to reach the playoffs.

The U.S. duo struggled with draw weight and reading the ice today – typically not a combination for a win. “We were throwing things heavy, the ice was a little quicker and a little straighter and we didn’t connect with it right away like Korea did,” Becca Hamilton, 27, said. Earlier in the day, the U.S. team fell to Switzerland, 9-4.

“We seemed to just struggle with the draw weight. We seemed to be heavy, bouncing off, not taking opportunities when we had them. All credit to Korea, they played fantastically. They played some fantastic shots,” said Derek Brown, coach of Team USA.

The Americans have three round robin games left and will face China (2-2) and Norway (3-1) tomorrow and wrap up on Sunday against Finland (0-4).

“We will just have to come back stronger tomorrow, capitalize on misses that we see and then hopefully just be stronger,” Becca Hamilton said.

Korea quickly had its draw weight down and managed a side of the sheet that seemingly was running straight. The Koreans used the last-stone advantage well, scoring deuces in the first and third ends while holding the U.S. to a single in the second end. The turning point came in the fourth end when a series of half shots led to a key American miss with the final stone that awarded the Koreans a steal of three points.

The U.S. team was building a big end in the fifth until a missed takeout allowed Korea to gain back control. The American team then missed a double takeout attempt and Korea stole one more point for an 8-1 advantage. Things further unraveled in the sixth end and Korea took away one more point when the final American stone of the game was light.

“The other teams have been making shots and playing well. And we’re just not quite capitalizing the way we did in the Russian game. When they missed, we made one. Right now, we are letting the other teams off the hook,” said Matt Hamilton, 28.

At the conclusion of the round robin, the top four teams will advance to Monday’s semifinals.

“We’ve been playing pretty good up until that game, so I think we’ll just come back tomorrow and refocus and play the way we did in the first couple of games. We were actually playing really well,” Brown said.

Norway ended Switzerland’s undefeated streak with a 6-5 win on the last rock to create a four-way tie for first place with Canada, Norway and the Olympic Athletes From Russia, all winners in this session.

Line score:

USA       010 000 xx – 1

*Korea  202 311 xx – 9

*last rock to begin game

Other game scores: Canada 8, Finland 2; Norway 6, Switzerland 5; Russia 6, China 5 (extra end)

Standings:

Canada               3-1

Norway               3-1

OAR                     3-1  

Switzerland        3-1

Korea                  2-2

China                  1-3

USA                     1-3

Finland               0-4

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

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

Korea 9, USA 1

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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