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Women's World Curling Championships
Team Homan forced to settle for silver after stunning loss to Switzerland
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans skip Rachel Homan will have to wait for another chance to win gold at the Women's World Curling Championships after her Ottawa-area rink lost to Switzerland in Sunday's final. CCA photo

It 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 the odds on favourites to win the Women's World Curling Championship, but 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 medal game.

Team 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.

The 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 everything.

Up by four points, the Swiss simply had to run Canada out of stones in the 10th end to register the major upset.

It 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.

While 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.

"We just kinda didn't show ip today. It happens," Homan said before joining her teammates for the medal ceremony.

It's 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.

They'll likely take a well-deserved break before setting their sights on a possible Scotties three-peat and the chance to redeem themselves at the World Championships in Sapporo, Japan.

Posted: 10 p.m., March 23)

 

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