SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Wearing broad grins, Britain's curlers slid down the ice in unison and waved to family members applauding them from the top row.
Another day in the women's Olympic curling tournament, another record for the British.
Three days after scoring seven points in one end against the United States, the world champions stole five points in another — a women's Olympic record — in a 12-3 win over Japan at the Ice Cube Curling Center on Friday.
It was the first time this tournament that Britain has secured back-to-back victories, moving the team to 3-2 and within sight of its big rivals. Canada (5-0) and Sweden (4-1) weren't in action Friday.
"Unfortunately you don't get any prizes (for breaking records)," British curler Anna Sloan said. "But it is always good and it shows that we are performing well and going in the right direction towards the end of the round-robin."
One team going in the wrong direction is the United States.
Erika Brown's rink is all but mathematically out after a 9-2 loss to a Denmark team that started the day at the bottom of the standings, with no wins. The result left the Americans 1-5, tied with the Danes.
No team — men's or women's — in the three previous Olympic tournaments featuring a 10-rink lineup has qualified for the playoffs after five losses.
"We're not going to start crying yet," said the 41-year-old Brown, who is competing in her third and likely final Olympics. "We're going to think about all the things we did to get here."