United States rock Sweden to win first gold medal

By Steve Keating GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb 24 : The United States delivered a gold-medal knockout punch, scoring five in the eighth end to crush Sweden 10-7 and claim their first ever Olympic men’s curling title on Saturday. With the score deadlocked at 5-5, United States skip John Shuster provided some last-rock magic with a […]

Five-star Schwarz sends Swiss into semis

By Mitch Phillips GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb 22 : Skip Benoit Schwarz produced one of the shots of the Games to earn a rare five-pointer in the ninth end to give Switzerland a 9-5 victory over Britain in their men’s curling playoff to earn an Olympic semi-final against Sweden later on Thursday. In the only […]

Britain and Switzerland to battle for last playoff spot

By Steve Keating GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb 21 : Britain were forced into a tie-breaker with Switzerland in a bid to secure a semi-final spot in the Olympic men’s curling competition after being crushed 10-4 by the United States in eight ends on Wednesday. The rout gave the American foursome third spot in the final […]

Stunned Canada out of women’s competition

By Mitch Phillips GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb 21 : World and defending Olympic champions Canada, the most dominant force in women’s curling, were knocked out at the preliminary stage after losing to Britain on Wednesday in one of the biggest shocks of the Pyeongchang Games. Canada had medalled at every event since curling was introduced […]

Bemused curlers ask “why would anyone dope in our sport?”

By Steve Keating GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb 19 : Of all the questions surrounding reports of a Russian curler’s alleged doping infraction at the Pyeongchang Olympics the biggest is; why? Why would an athlete in one of the Winter Games’ least taxing and physically demanding sports feel it necessary to use performance-enhancing drugs? Even curlers […]

Curling-Canada tumble into 0-3 hole with loss to Denmark

By Steve Keating GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb 16 : Defending gold medallists Canada were in danger of crashing out of the Olympic women’s curling tournament after a shock 9-8 extra-end loss to Denmark on Friday left them without a win through three rounds. Holding the hammer the Canadian world champions had looked poised to secure […]