After a rough start 0-7 for American curling in the 2010 Winter Olympics, Both U.S. men's and women's team came out on top with victories today.
Earlier today in a hard fought match against Russia, U.S. women's curling team led by skip Debbie McCormick, would end up on top.
Facing a young inexperienced Russian team seemed easy for at first but actually it turned out to be an intense match of skill.
With the first two ends the U.S. remained scoreless after team skip McCormick missed critical shots, then after five frames the U.S. was tied with Russia at 1-1.
The fifth frame opened with both tied at 1-1, U.S. set guards to bury a rock behind them, the Russia hit a double takeout, the next shot cleared the house, Allison Pottinger tried to draw behind the Russian guard but was only minimally successful.
Then Russia's next shot was weak, then with the chance to take the lead McCormick missed on her shot, then Russian's missed their next shot badly, which left McCormick with the last stone, and then with the opportunity to score two, McCormick made the shot which gave the U.S. a 3-1 lead.
Then the seventh frame Russia scored two more to make it 3-3.
The eight frame U.S. scored one, then Russia scored another to make it even.
Entering the final frame with the hammer, Team U.S.A. would take full advantage.
At the beginning Russia set two guards, then they set a rock in the four foot circle. But with it being exposed, Pottinger redeemed herself by knocking it out.
McCormick's second to last shot was placed on the center of the circle instead of peeling the guards to knock the Russian rock. Unconventional shot.
Anna Sidorova of Russia, tried to place her shot behind the rock in the center but did not curl enough, leaving it exposed.
That shot put the game in U.S. hands, McCormick paused.
"When I cleaned my rock, I didn't feel good," McCormick explained. "I kept telling myself, "If it doesn't fell good, if it's not good in my hand, just redo it." It was a bid pressure shot -it was the game on the line, and I wanted to make that for our team."
McCormick would make the perfect shot scoring two points, which gave the U.S. a 6-4 victory over Russia.
U.S. first victory in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The victory improved U.S. women's team record to 1-3 and gives them a chance of advancing to the playoffs. The next curling match is tomorrow against Great Britain.
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