World Curling Championships
Homan forced to settle for silver after stunning loss
By Fred Sherwin
wasn't supposed to end this way. After totally dominating
the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Rachel Homan and her
team of Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle
were supposed to be a shoe-in to win the Women's World
unfortunately it didn't turn out that way. After struggling
with their consistency most of the week, the Ottawa foursome
fell victim to a combination of bad fortune and missed
opportunities in losing to Switzerland in Sunday's gold
Homan appeared to be in control through the first seven
ends, when the wheeels started to come off in the eighth.
The Ottawa rink was up 5-3 and in the process of trying
to limit Swirzerland to one or two points when Homan got
a little unlucky on her final shot which rolled off a
Swiss rock and spun into the eight foot allowing Feltscher
to draw for three to take the lead.
situation quickly went from bad to worse for Team Homan
in the ninth end when Feltshcer made a perfect freeze
to her own stone on the button, forcing Homan to attempt
a difficult angle raise against three counters that missed
by four points, the Swiss simply had to run Canada out
of stones in the 10th end to register the major upset.
was Switzerland's second Womens World Championship in
the last three years, while Canada hasn't won gold since
Jennifer Jones accomplished the feat in 2008.
Team Homan improved on the bronze medal thay won in Riga,
Latvia last year, settling for silver was a bitter disappointment
for a team with such high expectations at the beginning
of the week.
just kinda didn't show ip today. It happens," Homan
said before joining her teammates for the medal ceremony.
been a long season for the Ottawa foursome who were able
to bounce back from the disappointment of not winning
the Olympic trials to win their second consecutive Scotties
Tournement of Hearts.
likely take a well-deserved break before setting their
sights on a possible three-peat
10 p.m., March 21)
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