Big end fuels Japan win over USA at WYOG

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 12, 2020, 11:03 a.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 12, 2020

 

USA now 1-2 at Youth Olympic Games

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Japan proved why it is one of the top teams at the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 as they defeated Team USA, 8-2, today in round robin action at the Champery Curling Arena.

 

Ethan and the U.S. team had a slow start against undefeated Takumi Maeda’s rink and let the game slip out of reach in the fourth end in Champery, Switzerland.

 

Hebert (Lowell, Mass.) and teammates Kaitlin Murphy (Fairview Park, Ohio), Charlie Thompson (Eau Claire, Wis.), and Alina Tschumakow (West Roxbury, Mass.) were trailing 2-1 when Japan scored six points in the fourth to fuel their third straight win to stay on top of Group D with Italy (3-0).

 

The U.S. team returns to the ice on Monday as they face the Czech Republic (1-2) at 10 a.m. The Czechs lost to Sweden (1-2) today, also by an 8-2 score. After the round robin concludes, the top two teams from each of the four groups will advance to the playoffs. Canada (2-0) leads Group A while Switzerland is on top in Group B (3-0). New Zealand (3-0) is out front in Group C. Follow all of the action at http://worldcurling.org/events/yog2020.

 

Line score:

USA       010 010 xx – 2

*Japan  200 600 xx – 8

*last rock in first end

 

Group D standings:

Italy                     3-0

Japan                  3-0

Czech Republic 1-2

Sweden              1-2

USA                     1-2

Latvia                  0-3

 

TV coverage:

The Olympic Channel is providing daily coverage across its various social media outlets. You can find the full broadcast schedule at https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/stories/news/detail/lausanne-2020-winter-youth-olympics-schedule/.

 

Here is a look at Team USA’s round robin schedule (all times local, +6 ET):

Monday: USA vs. Czech Republic, 10 a.m.

Tuesday: USA vs. Sweden, 2 p.m.

 

Team playoffs: Jan. 15-16

Mixed doubles: Round robin, Jan. 18-21; semifinals and medal games, Jan. 22

 

USA game results:

Italy 7, USA 3

USA 7, Latvia 0

Japan 8, USA 2

 

About the event:

Curling at the Youth Olympic Games 2020 is made up of two events. There is a mixed team competition for 24 National Olympic Committees. Each team must consist of two female and two male athletes, all of whom have been born between Jan. 1, 2002 and Dec. 31, 2005. After the team event, athletes are put into 48 mixed doubles pairs with different nations competing together.

 

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Brakebush, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Franklin Group, ISS (Ice, Sports & Solar), Sitrin, Thorne, Toyota, Traveler’s Choice, Twin Cities Orthopedics, and Volt, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, Rock Solid Productions Inc., 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).