Britain breaks Olympic record on way to 1st win

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm •  Published: February 11, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Britain scored an Olympic-record seven points in one end on the way to a 12-3 win over the United States on Tuesday, earning the world champions a first victory in the women's curling tournament.

British skip Eve Muirhead broke the previous record of six points — set by Swedish and Canadian men's teams — in the fourth end of the game with a routine takeout shot after a series of errors by the Americans.

"I hadn't actually sat there and counted them up until I threw my last shot," said U.S. skip Erika Brown, who left an open shot for Muirhead. "I thought, 'Oh dear.'

"Obviously it's not the record I hoped to be a part of."

If Britain produced the standout team display of Day 2, there was no doubt who delivered the top individual performance.

Canada skip Jennifer Jones made all 16 of her shots with 100 percent accuracy — a very rare occurrence in curling — to help her team blow away defending champion Sweden 9-3 in just eight ends in the morning session.

"We played a good game," Sweden skip Margaretha Sigfridsson said, "but that is not enough when you play a team that is playing perfect."

Switzerland (3-0), the European champion, tops the standings after following up a 7-6 win over Denmark in the morning by beating Korea 8-6 in the evening. Canada (2-0) is the other unbeaten team.

Sweden and Britain — the other two likely gold-medal contenders — both have a 1-1 record.

What was already a miserable start to the competition by the Americans — both men and women — turned into humiliation when Brown's rink left an easy shot for the first "seven-ender" in Olympic curling's short history.

Muirhead made no mistake with an easy nose-hit on a stone that Brown had left open after trying to rectify a number of misses by her teammates earlier in the end. It left seven British rocks in the points-scoring target area.

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