Canada's Rachel Homan Loses Her Curling Match To Britain, Won't Make Podium


Canada's 6-5 loss in the women's round robin eliminates them from medal contention.

Since curling made its return to the Winter Olympics in 1998, a Canadian team had never finished out of the medals in men's or women's curling.

But that run is now at an end, courtesy of a composed and clinical 6-5 win from Team Muirhead, who are coached by Canadian four-time world champion Glenn Howard.

Canada needed to win this match and also the next, against the olympic athletes of Russian Federation, to advance beyond the preliminary phase.

"Especially having it be a must-win game for us, I knew the guys would want to make sure they had a pretty solid lead before they would consider putting me in", he said.

Both sides went into the game knowing it was a pivotal fixture, with defeat likely leading Muirhead into a play-off situation at best, while a loss for Canada would guarantee their own piece of unwanted history.

Germain never meant to be in the spotlight, but he instantly became a symbol of national pride after his photo went viral on Twitter.People across the country were proud to see a fellow Canadian showing his Canadianness, even from the sidelines. "And that's the way it goes sometimes".

His team will now play Switzerland on Thursday (00:05 GMT) for a place in the last four. Eve Muirhead and her rink started slow but have found their rhythm to climb to 5-3.

The 41-year-old from St. Albert, Alta., played two ends and threw four draws before the Danes shook hands in Canada's 8-3 victory. The skip of Ottawa has registered a point in the ninth end, before the two points of the British in the 10th end.

Muirhead's team capitalized on the gift, blanking the seventh, and then scoring a deuce in the eighth to tie it at 4-4. But after Muirhead countered, Homan needed to make a hard draw to extend the match.

Muirhead was chasing the game through numerous early ends but it swung her way in the sixth, when Homan made a mistake when attempting to blank the end, handing the initiative to Great Britain. But her shooter stuck around for a single point, giving the hammer back to Great Britain.

Muirhead played a raised double take-out in the penultimate end, effectively a plant, to take out two Canadian stones to swing the match in Britain's favour.

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