Curling: Canada tumble into 0-3 hole with loss to Denmark

S. Korean Women's Curling Team Defeats Canada 8-6

But they had fallen to last place in the standings after losing their first three matches.

The South Korean women's curling team competes against Canada during the preliminary round held Thursday at the Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon Province.

The Canadians' 11-3 victory over the USA followed three straight losses at the Pyeongchang Games, a performance that few had anticipated from a team that was heavily favored to win the gold.

Skip Rachel Homan, third Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney and lead Lisa Weagle never managed to gain a lead at any point in the match and lost 8-6 to Eunjung Kim's rink. "I thought we had a really good first five ends but struggled a bit in the sixth, seventh and eighth and really, that's the difference", Canadian vice-skip Marc Kennedy said. So obviously, we've done it in the past and they just happened to do that then.

"I think that was a rash move to take it off", CBC commentator and Olympic gold medallist Joan McCusker said during the broadcast.

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"You can feel that (Canada is) not they're usual 'them, ' " Dupont said. In the fourth end and with the hammer, Homan needed her draw stone to sit anywhere in the inner-ring of the house to score a single.

Canada's win comes one day after a stinging defeat to Denmark that was marred by controversy over a foul.

But earlier in the end, Denmark's Julie Hogh touched a Danish stone with her broom as it was coming to a rest in the house; also known as a "burn stone".

At the fifth end, South Korea earned two points to widen gap with Canada to 4-1 by pushing out two stones of their rivals. Homan chose to remove the stone, leading to the four-point end. Curling has a deeply ingrained ethos of good sportsmanship, and the rules dictate that players treat their opponents kindly.

Homan's team appeared to put the drama behind them on Sunday, and Canadians - perhaps the most feverish curling fans on the planet - were relieved.

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