Coming into play on Thursday, the Men’s team was actually riding a high after defeating Denmark to finally put a number in the Win column. The Women’s team, however, was still in search of its first victory.
A day later, we can report that each gender of Team USA curling now has a win at the Sochi Games. The outlook, though, remains grim. But we’re Americans and we can rebound.
First up, the men looked to capitalize on the momentum gained from the Denmark draw. The rink from Great Britain had other plans, though, and played a nearly flawless game to win, 5-3.
Team Erika Brown has looked bravely at peace with their results so far at the Olympics. It’s surely not anything anyone on the team could have envisioned. The team finally started getting the bumps and curl from the ice they needed on Wednesday and dispatched Japan, 8-6.
The win is Team Brown’s first of the tournament and the way the Round Robin portion of the ladies’ competition is shaking down, the Americans still have a realistic chance at grabbing fourth place.
Right now, four teams are tied at 2-2 in the Ladies’ tournament. The Americans are now 1-4 after 5 draws, just a game behind in the win column. Of course, to keep the idea of the Playoffs as a distant reality, Team USA needs to get on a roll and win more games.
For John Shuster’s team, the road to getting in the Playoffs will be more difficult. Right now, at 1-3, the Americans are a full two games behind the Norwegians for fourth place.