Homan's Canadian rink bests USA 11-3 following three straight losses

Japan's Kosuke Morozumi right and Canada's skip Kevin Koe looks on during a men's curling match at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung South Korea Tuesday Feb. 20 2018

Japan's Kosuke Morozumi right and Canada's skip Kevin Koe looks on during a men's curling match at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung South Korea Tuesday Feb. 20 2018

From the preliminary round, only the top teams from each of the three groups and the best second-seeded team advanced directly to the quarterfinals. In fairness, it did help that the Americans absolutely honked it. Skip Nina Roth sailed a rock between two Canadian stones in the first on a double takeout, and then came up short on a draw. Their fortunes turned around on Sunday.

Rachel Homan hugs her teammates after they beat Switzerland during women's curling.

Rachel Homan's 11-3 rout of the USA followed three straight losses, a performance that few had anticipated from a team that was heavily favoured to win the gold.

Homan scored three points in the ninth end and added a single in the 10th for the comeback victory. While Canada's takeout shots were precise, the US team missed several shots early in the game.

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"It was disappointing. I think we allowed a few goals too easily in the beginning of the game and momentum was somewhat lost afterwards", said Cho Min-ho, who scored the Korean goal on Thursday. "He made sure we focused on playing the right way and trying to get there, he said don't cheat because we need four goals, we want to make sure we're still playing the right way so we don't have any bad habits going into these next games". "And learning from those mistakes moving forward I think was the key to today". "You give up four in the first end, especially missing the way I did". But this is a team, they've been so great, sometimes you've got to go through the firs a bit in order to learn how to rally out of it. Let's make curling a little more interesting. Curling has a deeply ingrained ethos of good sportsmanship, and the rules dictate that players treat their opponents kindly. Next thing you know they had losses to Korea and the Danes, and Danish skip Madeleine Dupont called them afraid to lose.

Canadians have dominated in curling at the Olympics. The crowd erupted into chants of Homan's name, and maple leaf flags waved wildly following the long-sought victory. This year, the Olympics have a record number of participants - nearly 3,000 athletes from 92 countries.

"There are options, and we've burned rocks in the past and they've come off", she said.

The coastal city is where ice sports such as skating, curling and ice hockey are taking place during the Games. This (win) is wonderful.

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