Japan sweeps past USA as ladies round robin starts

By Terry L. Davis | Feb. 14, 2018, 3:31 a.m. (ET)

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Feb. 14, 2018

 

Japan sweeps past USA women as Olympic round robin begins

 

(GANGNEUNG, South Korea) – It wasn’t the start that Nina Roth and the American ladies dreamed of for their Olympic debut as the U.S. lost to Japan this afternoon in round robin play at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

 

Roth (McFarland, Wis.) and teammates Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.), Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) had a shaky start but started to get a better feel for the ice as the game went on at the Gangneung Curling Centre.

 

It was definitely frustrating in those first two ends, obviously. We didn’t come out as strongly as we’d hoped. We had some great opportunities. Just looking back on it, we have to figure how to capitalize on those opportunities a little bit better,” said Roth, 29, who is competing in her first Olympic Games.

 

The teams are competing in a nine-game round robin through Feb. 21.

 

“We came out just a little slow and didn’t quite have a handle on the ice like we should’ve had in the first couple of ends,” Hamilton said. “After that fifth-end break, we really hunkered down and really fought through those last couple of ends and made some good shots. So, I’ve no doubt that we can come up strong in the next game.”

 

The U.S. team won the draw shot challenge to start the game with the last rock advantage but wouldn’t get on the scoreboard until the fourth end.

 

Japan positioned two stones around the button behind a center guard that resulted in a steal when Roth’s final stone was light. Japan would add to their bounty in the next end in a similar situation when Roth’s final draw attempt was wide to give up two more points.

 

Team USA couldn’t take advantage of a key miss from Japan in the third end when they had a chance to set up a deuce. Roth was then forced to make a takeout for one to resurrect the end but the Japan stone was not hit it firm enough, and the American stone spun out of the rings to give Japan three more points.

 

Japan had the pressure on high once again in the fourth end as Roth was staring down three guards to get around in an effort to place her final stone on the button to avoid another steal. After holding the Japanese ladies to a single in the fifth end, the U.S. team made a great angle tap to chip out a Japanese stone to score three points in an effort to build momentum. A great final draw from Roth in the seventh end set up a single steal as the U.S. further tried to get back into the game.

 

The U.S. team played a great freeze with Roth’s final rock of the eighth end and were poised to steal after Fujisawa’s final stone was slightly heavy. But, after four measurements, Japan had earned a point to extend the lead to 9-5. Needing to generate some offense, the U.S. team tried in earnest to get position stones in the house in the ninth. Japan would sew up the win when Roth’s final stone – a hail Mary attempt using a stone outside of the rings to spin in and remove the Japan counter – would not be successful.

 

The U.S. ladies have two games on tap Thursday as they’ll take on Great Britain (1-0) in the morning session and Switzerland (0-1) in the evening draw. John Shuster and the American men (1-0) will battle Italy (0-1) at 2:05 p.m. KT Thursday.

 

Line score:

Japan    223 010 011 x – 10

*USA     000 103 100 x – 5

*last rock in first end

 

Other game scores: Great Britain 10, OAR 3; Sweden 9, Denmark 3; China 7, Switzerland 2

 

Women’s standings:

China                  1-0

Great Britain      1-0

Japan                  1-0

Sweden              1-0

Canada               0-0

Korea                  0-0

Denmark            0-1

OAR                     0-1

Switzerland        0-1

USA                     0-1

 

Men’s standings:

Canada               1-0

Great Britain      1-0

Sweden              1-0

USA                     1-0

Japan                  0-0

Norway               0-0

Denmark            0-1

Korea                  0-1

Italy                     0-1

Switzerland        0-1

 

Round robin schedule:

Thursday, Feb. 15:

USA women vs. Great Britain (Eve Muirhead), 9:05 a.m.

USA men vs. Italy (Joel Retornaz), 2:05 p.m.

USA women vs. Switzerland (Silvana Tirinzoni), 8:05 p.m.

 

Friday, Feb. 16:

USA men vs. Sweden (Niklas Edin), 9:05 a.m.

USA men vs. Denmark (Rasmus Stjerne), 8:05 p.m.

 

Saturday, Feb. 17:

USA women vs. Olympic Athlete From Russia (Victoria Moiseeva), 9:05 a.m.

USA women vs. Canada (Rachel Homan), 8:05 p.m.

 

Sunday, Feb. 18:

USA men vs. Japan (Yusuke Morozumi), 9:05 a.m.

USA men vs. Norway (Thomas Ulsrud), 8:05 p.m.

 

Monday, Feb. 19:

USA women vs. Denmark (Madeleine Dupont), 9:05 a.m.

USA men vs. Canada (Kevin Koe), 2:05 p.m.

USA women vs. China (Bingyu Wang), 8:05 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 20:

USA women vs. Korea (Eunjung Kim), 2:05 p.m.

USA men vs. Switzerland (Peter de Cruz), 8:05 p.m.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 21:

USA men vs. Great Britain (Kyle Smith), 2:05 p.m.

USA women vs. Sweden (Anna Hasselborg), 8:05 p.m.

 

Playoff schedule:

Thursday, Feb. 22:

Tiebreaker games, if needed, 9:05 a.m.

Men’s semifinals, 8:05 p.m.

 

Friday, Feb. 23:

Men’s bronze-medal game, 3:35 p.m.

Women’s semifinals, 8:05 p.m.

 

Saturday, Feb. 24:

Men’s gold-medal game, 3:35 p.m.

Women’s bronze-medal game, 8:05 p.m.

 

Sunday, Feb. 25:

Women’s gold-medal game, 9:05 a.m.

 

USA men round robin results:

USA 11, Korea 7

 

All games are streaming live at www.nbcolympics.com and on the NBC Sports app with TV coverage live or on tape delay on NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC. A complete schedule is posted at http://www.nbcolympics.com/live-stream-schedule#/.

 

For more information on the U.S. teams, go to https://www.teamusa.org/usa-curling/2018-us-olympic-curling-team.

 

To follow along, go to https://www.pyeongchang2018.com/en/game-time/results/OWG2018/en/curling/daily-schedule.htm

 

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 0-104-364-8015 (Korean mobile).