Favorites already under pressure in curling

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 10, 2014 at 5:11 pm •  Published: February 10, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The Olympic curling tournament is only one day old and already the men's and women's gold-medal favorites are in a spot of bother.

Canada's men's team arrived in Sochi as the team to beat and the two-time defending champions, but a scrappy win over Germany and a surprise loss to Switzerland has put pressure on them going into a game against Sweden on Day 2.

And that won't be easy for the Canadians — Sweden was the only rink to be 2-for-2 on the opening day and is the reigning world champion.

"They know they are a good team — I'm not going to say they won't win any more games, because they will — but if they get a tough start, maybe it starts getting to them," Sweden player Fredrik Lindberg said. "They are only human."

In the women's tournament, highly fancied Britain is also looking to bounce back from losing 6-4 to fierce rival Sweden in their only game on Monday. After a bye in Tuesday's morning session, Eve Muirhead's world champion British team takes on the United States in the evening games at the Ice Cube Curling Center.

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