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NewsAlert: Canada's Rachel Homan misses Olympic playoffs with loss to Britain

Canada Olympic curling teams moving in opposite directions Curler's nervous, morning-drinking husband steals the show
Lucia Summers | 22 February, 2018, 02:35

Howard says Canadians have to stop thinking they still dominate the game - the gap has closed between Canada and the rest of the world, and he points to these Olympics as a flawless example.

Rachel Homan and Canada lost 6-5 to the British, on Wednesday, which discards the countries of the medal-round. "We came up a little bit short", Homan said. "It was just a pleasure to be on the ice with these ladies and live out our dreams". "They did their best, they did what they can do, maybe it's not as well as they've played, but these teams are playing well against them". But this much is clear - if Homan's team loses again, they're out. In vertyu of a record of 6-3 in the preliminary round, they got his pass to compete in the semi-final the United States. It turned out to be a colossal curling battle. Homan tried to remove the rocks by throwing a fast-moving stone. The yellow granite started piling up against them after a couple of misses. Homan's shooter rolled wide on a takeout, leaving Muirhead a draw for two.

"I thought we played really well", Homan said at one point.

Since curling returned to the Winter Olympics in 1998, a Canadian team has never finished out of the medals in men's or women's curling. One thing we did great is we didn't panic.

Homan's team was able to regroup for a gutsy 9-8 win over the Russians in its round-robin finale, but that game was essentially meaningless. Nothing changes because you have that Maple Leaf on.

Adding intrigue to this already dramatic matchup is the presence of a Canadian curling legend on the British side - four-time Brier and world champion Glenn Howard is coaching Muirhead's team. It's gold or bust.

This is not to provide an excuse for the Homan team.

Homan's rink has won, many times, of course.

"The Olympics is a whole different beast", Courtney said.

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"They are way harder on themselves than anyone else is", coach Adam Kingsbury said. But a loss to China on Tuesday morning made made this night game against Great Britain a must win.

"Hold your heads incredibly high", Kingsbury said. "They earned their right to be here". First it was one loss, then two, then three in a row, a somewhat shocking slide for a country that has won three straight gold medals in men's curling at the Olympics.

"Mixed emotions", Howard said. "I really wish that game didn't have to be against the Canadians".

"We're always constantly assessing and building our program, even when we're winning", she said. "That will be no different this time around". "And that's the way it goes sometimes".

Team alternate Cheryl Bernard knows the disappointment of the Olympics all too well. She missed the podium in Vancouver before capturing bronze in Sochi.

The other teams are playing well, too.

In the ninth end, Great Britain couldn't afford to allow Canada to gain another two-point lead late in the game.

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