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CURLING CONTROVERSY: What would you have done?

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Frederick Owens | 18 February, 2018, 03:47

Rachel Homan's 11-3 rout of the USA followed three straight losses, a performance that few had anticipated from a team that was heavily favoured to win the gold.

But it was the Danes who had the last laugh as Homan missed a takeout with the hammer in the 11th end, losing 9-8 and dropping Canada to 0-3 in the tournament.

Canada battled back from a 4-1 deficit after the fifth end, scoring two in the sixth and evening the score with one in the seventh.

A rare moment of controversy in the typically ultra-polite sport of curling erupted Friday over a foul known as a "burned rock" in the Canada vs. Denmark women's match. Homan chose to have it removed, rather than leave it, or to place it where it would have otherwise stopped - as is common etiquette in competitive curling. "And learning from those mistakes moving forward I think was the key to today". Denmark sat shot rock with the stone touching the button, and a pair of guards outside the top of the house.

Canada ranked third Saturday behind frontrunner Norway (21) and Germany (16). "Burning a rock is not something that you can do".

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Homan also struggled earlier in the game.

Homan said she was simply following the rules. But her draw was well short of the house, allowing Denmark to steal one.

When burned stones occur, the captain, or skip, of the opposing team has three choices.

"I wouldn't have done it, but we're different that way", she told the Post.

PYEONGCHANG, Korea, Republic Of - Five gold, five silver and five bronze medals marked a stout first-half performance by Canada's Olympic team in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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