USA Olympic Curling teams both fall to 0-2

Curling in 1870

Lieutenant Henry Buckton Laurence, Sketches of Canadian Sports and Pastimes, London, 1870. Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1970-188-2074 W.H. Coverdale Collection of Canadiana

The USA Olympic Curling teams both lost today in Sochi, each falling to 0-2 in round-robin play. The men’s team, which is composed entirely of Iron Range and Duluth curlers, lost to China 9-4. The women lost to Russia 9-6 despite holding an early lead. This follows yesterday’s disappointing debut for the two teams.

The women play Great Britain this afternoon, a tough match. The men play a stout Danish team tonight at 11 p.m. Minnesota time. One good thing for the men is that tournament favorite Canada is off to a poor 1-2 start, which means more teams have a chance at a medal than previously believed.

UPDATE: It is not getting better. The women’s USA Olympic Curling team lost badly to Great Britain in the afternoon match, 12-3. They gave up 7 points on one end, a new Olympic record! Which is hard to even imagine. Hopes for America’s second-ever curling medal are fading.

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