Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Curlers Matt Hamilton and John Morris share a "broomstacking" drink

Curlers Matt Hamilton and John Morris share a

The U.S. jumped out early, stealing two points in the first end, but couldn't carry that offense forward, falling 6-4 to China's Rui Wang and Ba Dexin.

"For both of us that's our dominant arm in sweeping", Matt Hamilton said, "so it kind of loosens up the muscles and rotator cuff and everything in there".

On Thursday night, they had an adventure, along with seven other teams, when the bus travelling from the athletes' village to the Gangneung Curling Centre got hopelessly lost.

At its first open house after the Sochi games, about a thousand first-time curlers showed up at The Factory in Wake Forest, said club member Lea Franklin. "Kaitlyn made some real beauties.We're building some real good momentum".

Then on Friday, they started looking like a true gold medal contender. China is the only other team still in playoff contention at 3-3.

"Whenever we'd get people out on the ice to try it, they'd always say 'That was fun".

It is the first time this national championship has ever been held south of Virginia, according to the Durham Sports Commission. "I'm really proud and honoured to be a part of this".

The top four nations will qualify for the medal round after a round robin round of eight countries - South Korea, United States, Canada, Norway, Finland, China, Switzerland and Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation. Yet the point stands: Even as things felt out of sorts, the US team still managed to come within one end of a 2-0 start to round-robin play.

"I have full confidence that we can bounce back tomorrow", said Becca Hamilton.

"It was a really awesome atmosphere", said Morris.

Switzerland stole a point in the opening end, but it was all Canada from there. We're building some good momentum. "We know we're in for a tough one tonight".

Lawes said the rest is necessary. "That's what we are trying to do", he said.

Morris and Lawes downed Switzerland's Jenny Perrett and Martin Rios 7-2 in six ends on Saturday for their fourth straight win. The kit contains all the equipment needed for games, including several sets of stones (which can run $10,000 a set), as well as the tools to draw targets on the ice. Canada scored one point in the fourth, fifth and sixth ends, forcing a Swiss concession of the final two ends.

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