Kerry Inerson of Canada lost the third rope at the opening weekend of the round robin game at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship.
It’s still early, but after the team’s recent defeat, a stage appearance looked like a long shot, with Inarsen throwing a poor 54 percent to the United States 7-6.
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“I’m a little disappointed in myself,” Inerson said. “I wasn’t very sharp there. I got some opportunities I missed. My girls played well. I missed some important scenes.”
Canada, which is usually a powerhouse at major curling events, struggled to get a 1-4 record at the Markin Macbeth Center. Arriving in the evening draw, Ainerson was tied for 11th in the 14-team field with a three-way tie, with Minov only rolling out Estonia.
The first-six cut for the playoffs will require a significant turning point. The same cutline will be used to determine the country’s berths for the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
Inerson said she was trying to be positive and learn as she went, but her confidence in the post-game video conference with reporters seemed to have waned. The emotional figure was clear, and at times her voice exploded.
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“It filters mentally,” he said. “It’s been a long week.”
“I would say we have eight more to go and we’re going to make it,” ever-optimistic coach Heather Netohin said quickly.
There is little looking room in front of Canada, and tough matches are still waiting.
Olympic silver medalist Yoon Jung Kim of South Korea is on Monday and former world champion Eve Moorehead of Scotland is on Tuesday.
Ainerson, third Wall Sweating, second Shannon Birchard and leading Brian Mylor are already on the verge of winning.
“This is our first time being on the world stage and being in this position,” Inerson said. “I know we are a great team and we are fighting for a bitter end.
“We will (continue) to wear these maple leaves with pride.”
The Americans had their struggles as well, but were in control later in the game. 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.
“Women give everything they get,” Netohin said. “Sometimes it doesn’t change the way they play enthusiastically on the scoreboard.”
Sweetening the almost stored edges is a few times and even fixed on the Canadian front end. Like Ainerson, Peterson struggled – 55 percent shot himself – but Ainerson only did half of his tracks, but never saw a consistent rhythm.
Next up is a morning game against the German side with a shorthand omitted by Daniela Gents. The South Korea match is set for the afternoon.
“They’re going to win the next one, and then they’re going to continue to climb,” Netohin said. “I want them to know that they believe they can, and they will.”
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.
Initially there was no broadcast until Tuesday
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. The staff stay at a different hotel than the athletes and competition officials.
The WCF said all scheduled trials for athletes and competition officials yielded negative results. The arena was deeply clean and the opening hours for the afternoon and evening were pushed back half an hour.
Elsewhere, Russia’s Alina Kovaleva was unbeaten 5-0, 8-6 against Estonia’s Marie Durman. South Korea beat Scotland 8-4 and Italy’s Stefania Konstantini beat Germany 10-6.
Defending champion Silvana Trinsoni of Switzerland lost 3-0 to Olympic champion Anna Hasselborg of Sweden. Scotland were alone in fourth place at 3-1, with the Americans advancing 3-2.
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.
This year’s Women’s Championship, which was displaced from Switzerland due to an epidemic, is the seventh and final curling event to take place in a spectator-free controlled environment.
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. The playoff games are set to begin on Friday night, with the medal games 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.