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March 17, 2019
Rising stars from Korea defeat USA at Women’s World Championship
(SILKEBORG, Denmark) – At just 19 years old, Minji Kim has had a whale of a season leading Team Korea at international competitions. Her winning ways continued tonight as Korea defeated Jamie Sinclair and Team USA at the 2019 LGT World Women’s Curling Championship.
Korea’s season began by winning a World Curling Tour event and gold at the Asia-Pacific Championships. From there the team of 19- and 20-year-olds competed in two Curling World Cup events (winning the third leg in Sweden) and stints at the World Junior Championships and Winter World University Games this month.
Korea (3-0) had little trouble setting up ends to score multiple points in a 9-5 defeat of the U.S. tonight at Silkeborg Sportscenter.
Sinclair (Osgoode, Ontario) and teammates Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) tried in earnest to score a deuce in the 10th end to force an extra end but too many precise shots at the right moments allowed Korea to come away with their third win of the 12-game round robin.
The U.S. slips to 1-2 in the standings after a loss to Japan earlier today.
“We’ve just been a little bit on the wrong side of the inch – I wouldn’t say we were far off, but it’s little things like getting the right rock positioning,” said Sinclair, who led the U.S. women to a fourth-place finish at last year’s world championship.
After the first end was blanked, the U.S. continued to apply pressure and came away with a single steal in the second end when the Koreans couldn’t get after the guarded U.S. stone in the four-foot. Korea took advantage of a light draw with Sinclair’s final stone of the third end to score two points after a successful takeout.
The U.S. team got into a wee bit of trouble in the fourth end and were forced to draw the four-foot against three Korean counters to muster a single point to tie the game at 2-2. The Americans would make up for it in the fifth end when they placed two stones over the button. Korea would only remove one stone on their double takeout attempt as the U.S. stole another point to take the lead at the halfway mark.
After Korea drew in for two points in the sixth end, Team USA answered with a draw into the four-foot for two of their own to take back the lead. Korea would set up another deuce in the eight end, however, as they positioned stones in the back of the house. Kim’s crew would extend the lead with a single steal in the ninth end when Sinclair’s stone rolled out after making a takeout. A perfectly placed draw with Kim’s first skip stone of the 10th end gave the U.S. team no chance to score multiple points.
The American ladies will try to get back on a winning route tomorrow as they take on Finland (0-3) in the morning draw and Russia (2-1) in the evening session. Fans can watch both games live on the Olympic Channel.
“I think it’s just the little thing things like communicating the paths and really trying to figure out the ice sooner. But, we’re not too worried yet. Like you said, it’s a long week and we’re just leaving a lot of room for improvement,” said Sinclair, 27.
*Korea 002 002 021 2 – 9
USA 010 110 200 0 – 5
*last rock in first end
Other Draw 5 scores: Sweden 7, Denmark 3; Scotland 9, Finland 3; Canada 8, Latvia 7
Draw 4 scores, 2 p.m.: Germany 10, Japan 7; China 10, Scotland 7; Sweden 8, Switzerland 5; Korea 7, Russia 6
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)):
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)
USA round robin results:
Korea 9, USA 5
USA 8, Denmark 6
Japan 9, USA 5
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