The United States opened the fourth day of women’s round robin play with an extra ends victory and followed with a loss to the pre-tournament favorite.
Complete coverage of both matches is below.
The Canada women’s curling team finally picked up a win Saturday morning.
The Canadians, who entered play as the tournament favorite, dropped their first three games to open round robin play. But, they handily defeated the United States.
Canada set the tone early with three points in the opening frame and it never relinquished the lead.
“When you're down by three, you can always come back,” United States skip Nina Roth said to reporters after the game. “There's a lot of ends left to play, but they're a good hitting team and we just didn't put the rocks in perfect spots to get our deuce ever.”
Team USA scored its first point of the game in the second and the teams traded scores over the next two ends. Canada, however, tallied three points in the fifth frame to take a commanding 7-2 advantage.
"When chasing you just have to play harder shots, more finesse shots, more attacks, more freezes and things,” Roth said. “We just weren't making them quite perfect enough."
The United States added a point in the sixth before Canada tacked on four in the next frame, forcing the U.S. to concede.
"We felt good heading out there,” Roth said. “Had a few unfortunate misses in the first end that put us down from the get go and it's hard to come back on a team like (that).”
Canada began round-robin action with three straight losses to South Korea, Sweden and Denmark. Its record now stands at 1-3 with five games to play. The United States, which sits at 2-3, has four round-robin games remaining.
The United States women’s team will return to action Sunday against Denmark at 7:05 p.m. ET.
The U.S. and Team OAR battled through four lead changes and two ties in 10 ends of regulation Thursday. In the end, it was the extreme sweeping of Becca Hamilton, Aileen Geving and Tabitha Peterson that helped Team USA pick up a 7-6 win.
Nina Roth's U.S. team scored more than one point in just one end Thursday, but were able to hold OAR to single points in all but one end.
OAR scored two in the second after Roth barely missed a double takeout. The U.S. answered in the third with a hit and stay to score two of their own.
The two teams scored three points each in the final six ends. Down one in the 10th, OAR was able to bump off of a U.S. yellow rock at the top of the button to tie the score at 6-6.
All Roth needed to do in the 11th was float right into the four-foot circle for a single point. It looked as if the throw may have been a bit too light, but Hamilton and Geving swept as hard as they could, with Peterson coming in for the extra hand to give the stone just barely enough life to get an inch closer than the red at the top.
“It felt really good out of my hand and then I saw the girls pound it," Roth told reporters after the game. "They’re great at judging and reading rocks, so they kind of knew they had to pound it and then it started curling, so all I could do was yell at them, which I did!”
“All teams benefit from having good sweepers," Hamilton said. "Aileen and I are pretty good on the brooms and we knew with that last rock we had to sweep. We knew where we had to put it and we did just that!”
The U.S. had a stolen point in the fourth end, their fourth stolen end in four games.
“We all played great, but we just need to sharpen up a little bit,” Hamilton said. “We were just on the wrong side of the inch on a couple of them there where we gave up [points] and could’ve had two or forced them to one.”
Roth and company improve to 2-2 overall with a big contest against Canada coming up next. Canada, the defending gold medalist, is hungry for a win after starting the tournament 0-3.
OAR falls to 1-3 overall.
Here are the results of every other matchup from day four of the women’s tournament.
Japan bounced back from its first loss of the tournament with a big victory over the OAR.
The Japanese team trailed 3-1 after the first three ends but tied the score with two points in the fourth. After the OAR tallied one in the fifth, Japan answered with four combined points in the next two frames to take an 8-4 lead.
The Japanese team tacked on two more points in the ninth and the OAR conceded following the frame.
Japan finishes the day with a 4-1 record while the OAR is now 1-4.
Two big ends led China to a victory over Denmark.
The Chinese team opened the contest with four points in the first end to take control of the match. But, they did not hold the advantage for long.
Denmark scored its first point in the second and followed with three more in the third end to tie the score.
The teams exchanged scores over the next five ends and Denmark held a 7-6 lead heading into the ninth end. China, however, tallied four more points in the frame to secure the victory.
The win moves China’s record to 3-2 in round robin play while Denmark drops to 1-4.
Great Britain held a 4-2 advantage through seven ends. That lead evaporated quickly.
South Korea scored two points to even the game in the eighth and then flipped the scoreboard in their favor with two more one end later. The host country added another point in the 10th to seal the win.
South Korea improves to 3-1 in round robin play. Great Britain now stands at 3-2.
Sweden remained unbeaten in Olympic play Friday with an 8-7 victory over Switzerland.
Anna Hasselborg and her Swedish team found themselves down early. After knocking their own rock through the house, they blanked the fifth end to go into the break down 4-2.
But Hasselborg and company responded in the sixth, scoring a total of six points in three straight ends, including three stolen points in the seventh and two more in the eighth, to take a commanding 8-4 lead.
After scoring one in the nith, Switzerland had a chance to tie in the final end, sitting three stones in the house. But Hasselborg simply knocked one out, forcing the Swiss to come up just short of forcing extra ends.
Sweden, the defending Olympic silver medalists and World Championship bronze medalists, is now the only unbeaten team left in the women's tournament, improving to 4-0 overall. Switzerland falls to 1-3.
Great Britain never allowed Denmark to score more than a single point in any end on the way to a 7-5 victory.
Eve Muirhead's team scored two in the second, sixth and eighth ends, good enough for the win, their third in four games.
Britain improves to 3-1 overall. Denmark, coming off of an upset victory over gold medal favorites Canada, falls to 1-3.
China handed Japan their first loss of the PyeongChang games with a 7-6 victory in 11 ends.
China was down 5-3 through seven ends Thursday, but were able to get a takeout for three points in the eighth to take their first lead of the night.
While China was unable to find another point in regulation, they scored again when it mattered most. Japan scored one in the 10th to tie the score at 6-6, but in the 11th all Japan needed to do was land on the button for the win. Much like in the U.S. game, it took all three sweepers - Jingyi Ma, Jinli Lin and Yan Zhou - to reach the button, but finally the yellow stone got in as the Chinese squad raised their arms in celebration.
China improve to 2-2 overall. Japan falls to 3-1.