Koe in three-way tie for second in men's curling

Ross Houston
February 20, 2018

The team's unexpectedly poor start and the burned rock firestorm that occurred on Friday have been among the biggest stories of the Olympic Games so far.

If you don't know that this team started 0-3 and was embroiled in some controversy early on at the Olympics you must be living under a curling rock. "We played [with] maybe a little more intensity, a little more urgency, because our backs were against the wall".

"We had to win", lead Ben Hebert said.

The Canadians are playing better, no doubt, but what has really shone through is their togetherness. "If we can come out tomorrow and win, then we're in a decent spot".

The top four teams in the round robin advance to the semifinals, with Sweden's Niklas Edin already qualified for the playoffs with a 7-1 record.

Following three straight losses where they were outscored 22-15, the Canadians were in a confusing place. Koe (5-3) moved into a three-way tie for second with Britain and South Korea in the standings. There are still a lot of ifs in play, however.

Koe slipped to 4-3 with a 9-7 extra-end loss to American John Shuster and Homan improved to 3-3 following an 8-3 drubbing of Japan. The U.S. could have the best chance, with games against both Switzerland and Great Britain.

Canadian curler Rachel Homan was competing against Japan in Pyeongchang. Koe's win stopped a three-game losing skid. "But we're still in it and we've put ourselves in position to get to the weekend". "The stress level is high, I'm not a drunk, I'm just Canadian".

It was a matter of mixed results in curling for Canada.

People have nearly come to expect Canadians to steamroll their way through the Olympics. Skips get hot and other teams get hot against you. That would put them in at least a tiebreaker situation, though the complicated tiebreaking system at the Olympics would not guarantee them a game.

Canada plays Britain and the team from Russian Federation on Wednesday. "I think our team is back and we have to keep battling for every shot here". "They have high expectations of themselves".

It just seemed all their opponents were playing a bit better.

At 3-4 following a 7-5 loss to China on Tuesday, winning their remaining games against Britain and the team from Russian Federation was a requirement for Canada to avoid elimination from medal contention.

"We had to let go of the past and focus on the present, one game and one shot at the time", said Rachel Homan.

The numbers suggest the Canadians will be fine when the playoffs get underway. She throws those so great, we just had to sweep it right.

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