Is there a curling crisis in Canada?

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22 February, 2018

Despite a few missed opportunities, Rachel Homan led her team in the right direction for the majority of Tuesday night.

A fourth loss in Olympic women's curling left Rachel Homan's team with little breathing room heading into the preliminary round's finale Wednesday.

Canada had medalled at every event since curling was introduced to the Olympics in 1998, twice taking gold, but after a tense 6-5 defeat to Britain where they made a series of mistakes, they have a record of three wins and five defeats with one match remaining and can not progress to the semi-finals.

It's a stressful position for a team that ran the table to go unbeaten and win the 2017 world championship, but not unfamiliar, according to third Emma Miskew.

"I still think we're playing a really strong game", she said. A loss to China severely damaged Canada's playoff hopes, but the Canadians still controlled their own destiny.

"We've gone through some tough experiences together, not just here but over the years, and to be able to grind through all that and come out the other side feels good".

With a record of 3-4, the Canadian curling team is on the brink of missing the semifinals. They handled this as only Canadians would. Sweden is second at 5-2, while Great Britain and Japan (Satsuki Fujisawa) are at 5-3.

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Curling was brought back to the olympic program in 1998, and since then, the Canadian had always concluded the Games with a medal around their neck. Koe's win stopped a three-game losing skid.

Smith said: "We didn't create enough chances and they were sharper than us".

The Canadian women winning out Wednesday would pull the Brits down to four losses to force a tiebreaker.

"The last four ends were the best four ends that we've played this week - and that goes to show me that we've got what it takes when it comes to the crunch time", added Howard. "We know how to play to win our next two". Miskew was outdrawn by counterpart Yhan Zou 95 per cent to 71.

Eve Muirhead and her rink started slow but have found their rhythm to climb to 5-3.

"For the most part we were really consistent, we were just getting everyone's best game", said Miskew.


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