USA battles back to steal win from Denmark

By Terry L. Davis | March 16, 2019, 6:10 p.m. (ET)

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March 16, 2019

 

USA begins Women’s World Championship on winning note

 

(SILKEBORG, Denmark) – It took an extra end, but Jamie Sinclair and Team USA battled out a win over host Denmark to start the 2019 LGT World Women’s Curling Championship on a winning note.

 

Sinclair (Osgoode, Ontario) and teammates Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) played a flawless 11th end tonight at the

Silkeborg Sportscenter to defeat two-time Olympian Madeleine Dupont, 8-6.

 

The two skips traded fantastic shots in the overtime, but Sinclair’s takeout forced Dupont into a difficult double with the final stone that didn’t pan out.

 

“I think we just really kept our heads in it and were really excited to throw that shot,” said Sarah Anderson, 24, about Team USA’s final shot of the game. “Jamie and I were talking about it before the other skip made a great freeze draw there and we knew we had to throw it. She threw it great, the sweepers swept it and ended up pulling out the win so we’re really happy.”

 

Getting a win on opening day – with 11 more round robin games to come – can be valuable in setting the tone during a long championship.

 

“It feels pretty good. I know that we stole the last end, but it kind of feels like we stole the game,” said Sinclair, 27, who is playing in her second straight world women’s championship. “We weren’t playing too well in the second half and they managed to make a really good comeback, but we’re just happy we managed to come out on top in the end. I think it’s just about trying to keep focus for the full 10 ends. It’s a long game out there and a lot of pressure so we were just trying to maintain focus for the entire game.”    

 

The U.S. was tested in the opening end and had to make a tough draw to score a point, which required an official measure. The Americans took advantage of some early misses from the Danes in the second end to pressure them into a soft tap-back to score a single. The U.S. out-maneuvered Denmark in the third end and collected two points with a soft-weight takeout. The American front-end continued to set the table well in the fourth end as Dupont was forced into a difficult angle raise that was unsuccessful. The U.S. was in good shape to steal again in the fifth end or force Denmark into a single point. However, Dupont took advantage of a light draw with Sinclair’s second stone that left an exposed U.S. stone open to be picked out as Denmark scored two points.

 

The U.S. came out a little flat after the fifth-end break as Denmark stole a point after a missed double takeout attempt by the U.S. The Danish ladies would steal another point in the seventh end before the Americans ended up taking a point in the eighth despite wanting to blank the end to retain the hammer. The U.S. ladies escaped the ninth end when Denmark had a hit to score two points but the shooter stone didn’t stick around for the second point. Down two in the 10th, the American ladies tried in earnest to get a deuce set up. A missed runback with Sinclair’s first shot allowed Denmark to position another stone in the four-foot, forcing the U.S. to convert a hit and stay to score one and force an extra end. The Americans had control of the majority of the extra end to set up the steal.

 

The U.S. ladies return to the ice tomorrow morning at 9 to take on Japan (1-0), which defeated Scotland, 10-4, in the opening draw. In the evening, the Americans will take on the young Korean team, which defeated Canada, 7-6, tonight.

 

Line score:

*USA                   102 100 010 12 – 8

Denmark            010 021 101 00 – 6

*last rock in first end

 

Other Draw 2 scores: Sweden 8, Latvia 5; Korea 7, Canada 6; Switzerland defeats Finland (forfeit as Finland ran out of time)

 

Standings:

China                  1-0

Germany            1-0

Japan                  1-0

Korea                  1-0

Russia                 1-0

USA                     1-0

Sweden              1-1

Switzerland        1-1

Canada               0-1

Denmark            0-1

Finland               0-1

Scotland             0-1

Latvia                  0-2

 

How to watch: In partnership with World Curling TV, the Olympic Channel and NBCSN will combine to carry live coverage of all of Team USA’s round robin games plus the playoffs. To see the complete schedule, go to https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling/Features/2019/March/04/TV-schedule-for-Womens-World-Championship.

 

Live scores & social media: Live scores will be posted at http://www.worldcurling.org/wwcc2019. USA Curling will post game recaps and photos after each U.S. game at www.usacurl.org. The official event hashtags are #wwcc2019 and #curling.

 

Team USA schedule (all times local, Central European Time (CET)):

Sunday: 9 a.m., USA vs. Japan (Ikue Kitazawa); 7 p.m., USA vs. Korea (Minji Kim)

Monday: 9 a.m., USA vs. Finland (Oona Kauste); 7 p.m., USA vs. Russia (Alina Kosaleva)

Tuesday: 9 a.m., USA vs. Germany (Daniela Jentsch); 7 p.m., USA vs. Canada (Chelsea Carey)

Wednesday: 2 p.m., USA vs. Latvia (Iveta Stasa-Sarsune); 7 p.m., USA vs. Sweden (Anna Hasselborg)

Thursday: 2 p.m., USA vs. China (Jie Mei)

Friday: 9 a.m., USA vs. Scotland (Sophie Jackson); 2 p.m., USA vs. Switzerland (Silvana Tirinzoni)

 

This year at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019, new title sponsor LGT is giving curling fans the opportunity to vote for the top curling shot of the week. LGT will select five outstanding shots from the round robin stage at the championship. Voting will open on March 25 and close on March 31. Then, the winning shot will be announced on April 1.  Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #TopShotsLGT when sharing on social.

 

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Toyota, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Carhartt, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Thorne, ISS (Ice, Sports & Solar), and Twin Cities Orthopedics, and is partnered with Brakebush, Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, IHG, and CurlingZone.

 

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).