Canada upset by South Korea in women’s curling in Olympic opener


From left: Team Canada's Rachel Homan, Joanne Courtney, Lisa Weagle and Emma Miskew seen here during the women's final at the 2017 Roar of the Rings Canadian Olympic Trials in Ottawa. (Justin Tang/CP)

Canada’s women’s curling team was upset by host South Korea in round-robin action in their Olympic opener on Day 6 at Pyeongchang 2018.

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.

Canada battled back from a 4-1 deficit after the fifth end, scoring two in the sixth and evening the score with one in the seventh. However, after Kim regained the lead in the eighth, Homan attempted an aggressive shot in the ninth that backfired.

Down 5-4 with the hammer, instead of drawing to the button for one and the tie, Homan attempted a multi-stone takeout that failed and South Korea stole three to go up 8-4. No miracle 10th-end comeback was in the cards.

Canada will look to pick up its first win when it plays Sweden later on Day 6.

Expectations are high for Homan, Miskew, Courtney and Weagle, all of whom earned an Olympic berth by winning December’s Roar of the Rings tournament in Ottawa.

Canadians Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris won the inaugural mixed curling gold medal earlier this week and Kevin Koe’s rink already has a 2-0 record on the men’s side.

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