Calgary – Canada’s Kerry Inerson fought hard at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship on Sunday, losing 7-6 to the United States for a third straight defeat.
Ainerson took just 54 percent overall in the worst game of the round robin game. The Americans advanced 3-2, while Canada fell 1-4.
The Manitoba-based Forsom 14 teams tied for 11th on the field. The first six teams will make the playoffs.
Ainerson flew a stone at the fourth end, broke a guard in the fifth and missed several points.
U.S. skipper Tabitha Peterson scored a deuce to take a 7-3 lead at the end of the eighth. Ainerson advanced again with a pair in ninth place, but the United States sealed the victory by taking the second shot stone at the end of the 10th.
The morning draw was postponed to Sunday and the match resumed without a televised broadcast after members of the event’s broadcast staff tested positive for COVID-19.
In an email to The Canadian Press, Christopher Hamilton, media head of the World Curling Federation, confirmed the existence of four positive cases. No names or additional details were provided.
The individuals were isolated at their hotel and further testing and contact tracking is underway, the WCF said in its report.
Staff are staying at a different hotel than the athletes and tournament officials who were allowed to return after a thorough cleaning of the Winsport Stadium.
The WCF said all scheduled trials for athletes and competition officials yielded negative results. Opening hours for the afternoon and evening tracks were pushed back half an hour.
Inarsen was scheduled to return to action on Monday with games against Germany’s Daniela Gentch and South Korea’s Eunjung Kim.
TV broadcasts will not resume later than Tuesday afternoon. The competition is part of DSN’s Season of Champions coverage, which is broadcast internationally by World Curling TV.
“Thanks for the compliments,” DSN broadcaster Vic Router said on Twitter. “We are isolated, tested, cared for, we hope to be back on Tuesday, take care of you and each other.”
Earlier in the week, organizers canceled initial training sessions following the arrival of two members of the German team in favor of COVID-19 at a pre – match screening after arriving in Calgary.
Training sessions were held on Thursday before the round robin game. The German team was given an exemption to compete as a three-man team, while players who tested positive were left alone.
Transferred from Switzerland due to infection this year’s Women’s Championship is the seventh and final curling event to be held in the bubble. The visitor-free control environment is designed to prevent the spread of the virus.
The Canadian Women’s, Men’s and Mixed Doubles Championships were followed by the Men’s World Championships and a pair of Grand Slam tournaments.
The men’s world championship playoffs were interrupted as four world participants tested positive for the corona virus. The championship ended on April 11, however, the WCF said the cases were “false positive”.
Victims tested negative for successive screenings.
Teams are limited to the arena and the rival hotel across the Trans-Canada Highway. They drive themselves back and forth and masks are mandatory as athletes move away from the playing field.
Organizers have not yet decided when the postponed draw will be played.
Playoff games are set to begin Friday night. The medal game is scheduled for May 9th.
Jennifer Jones is the last Canadian skipper to win the event, and in 2018 Ond won gold in the North Gulf. Chelsea Carey avoided Canadian entry into Denmark’s Silkbourg in 2019, but did not make the playoffs.
This report of the Canadian edition was first published on May 2, 2021.