USA Network hosted Olympic Men’s Curling early Monday afternoon, with Team USA playing against Canada. Canada came into this game unbeaten for the 2010 Olympics. To make the game even tougher for Team USA, announcers stated that Canada had never been beaten by the USA in Olympic Men’s Curling. It seemed to be a fated outcome.
At the beginning of this game, Canada came out with a little bit of a rough start in throwing. End one goes out with a steal, giving the USA a point, and going into end two with a score of USA 1, Canada 0.
End two goes into the final throws with great placement by Canada’s John Morris, leaving a USA stone on the edge of the blue, just next to a Canadian stone. The USA has been skilled in getting things just right prior to this, so it’s still a tough arrangement in the house. Jason Smith throws his last rock, slipping it into perfect position, just tapping Canada’s stone and placing the USA in the blue ring. Canada slips its final stone of this end dead center, tying up the score at 1-1.
End three brings Canadian guard stones as an issue for the USA, with each team having two stones in the blue ring. John Shuster makes a beautiful shot, hitting the guard stone and knocking all of the Canadian stones out of place. This leaves one USA stone in and a Canadian stone on the green ring. Canada next knocks the USA’s out, centering its own stone. John comes back to knock it out, and his stone also goes outside the ring, still leaving the Canadian stone on the green ring. A slow throw by Canada gets one just onto the blue ring. Jason Smith comes back for the USA with a shot that ends up bumping its own guard stone, disappointing himself and the team. Kevin Martin throws his stone to land it just in the green ring, not what he had hoped for. Smith comes back with the scoring throw, bringing the score to USA 2, Canada 1.
Canada comes out of the fourth end with the lead, at 3 – 2, after some significant throws by both teams. End five prompts the USA to shoot for a blank end, which it does successfully, leaving the score the same.
Canada takes the house midway through end six. Shuster evens things out, leaving two stones for each team in the house, two in the white ring, and two on the edge of the blue. Two USA guards sit strategically placed out front, causing a miss for Canadian John Morris and giving the US the edge. This doesn’t last long, and the end becomes uptight with no way to tell who will come out with the score. Canada steals the point with the last throw by the USA not accomplishing its mission, and the score moves to Canada 4, USA 2.
The seventh end packs a lot of stones close together, from both teams. Canada calls a time out for its final throw, which doesn’t accomplish much, yet the arrangement of the stones was still enough to stop the USA from making a point. Canada steals one again, moving it to Canada 5, USA 2.
End eight leaves a lot of wide open spaces, coming down to the final two throws with one US and one Canadian rock in the white ring. Each team knocks the other’s stone out, leaving a blank end with no change in score.
The ninth end leaves the USA with hopes of scoring, and working to protect it. Canada soon dashes these hopes, and takes out the hopeful stone. The USA comes back in again, with two Canadian and another hopeful USA stone close to center, and the process of dashing US hopes is repeated. Team Canada takes two points to end this game with a score of Canada 7, USA 2.