Denmark slides past USA in round robin of World Mixed Championship

By Terry L. Davis | Oct. 16, 2018, 3:14 p.m. (ET)

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Oct. 16, 2018

2018 World Mixed Championship not going as planned for Team USA

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Evan Workin and Team USA missed a key shot at the worst possible time today in a 9-5 loss to Denmark in round robin action at the 2018 Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

Up one point on the scoreboard without the last stone, Workin (Fargo, N.D.) and his team of Rachel Workin (Fargo, N.D.), Jordan Brown (Elk River, Minn.), and Christina Lammers (Fargo, N.D.) were looking to limit Denmark’s Mads Norgaard rink to a single point – or better yet, steal a point – in the final end but a missed freeze opportunity by the Americans with their final stone set the Danes up for a big score.

“It was tough; everybody walks off (away from the rock), and we know it’s going to slow down and come across (curl) a little harder. We were just a little late to jump on it and it got away from us a little bit,” Evan Workin said about his final shot that allowed Denmark to make a hit for five points to finish off the game.

The loss drops the American team to 1-4 in the eight-game round robin – and out of playoff contention.

“We have to make sure our standings stay high. We know we’re out of it (playoff contention), but we have some pride to finish strong and make sure the U.S. finishes as high as possible in the standings,” Evan Workin said.

 

Despite the losses, the U.S. play has been improving with each game. The Americans will battle Ireland (2-3) this afternoon and take on Brazil (0-4) tomorrow. The U.S. squad will close out the competition against Switzerland (2-2) on Thursday.

 

“We strung together some better ends. We’re there; but again, we’re just on the other side of the inch. A couple of amateur-side misses here and there,” Evan Workin said. “We’ve been in almost every game; it just seems like when we play good, they play just a little bit better. That’s how it goes, right?”

USA line score:

USA                     101 001 20 – 5

*Denmark          030 100 05 – 9

*last rock in first end

Group B standings:

Russia                 5-0

Denmark            4-1

Australia             3-1

Finland               3-1

Switzerland        2-2

Ireland                2-3

USA                     1-4

Brazil                   0-4

Netherlands      0-4

To view full standings, go to www.worldcurling.org/wmxcc2018.

Team USA schedule:

Today: USA vs. Ireland (James Russell), 4 p.m.

Wednesday: USA vs. Brazil (Anne Shibuya), 4 p.m.

Thursday: USA vs. Switzerland (Mario Freiberger), 8 a.m.

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