SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Canada made a stuttering start to the defense of its Olympic curling title on Monday, following up a scrappy win over unheralded Germany with a surprise loss to Switzerland on a sobering day for the big gold-medal favorites.
By the end of opening day, Sweden was the only team 2-for-2, with wins in tough matches against the Swiss and Britain at the Ice Cube Curling Center at the Sochi Games.
After sweeping through the Canadian Olympic trials unbeaten, Brad Jacobs’ team was widely seen as the overwhelming favorites for the games.
But Canada was sloppy in beating Germany 11-8 in the morning and then was upset 5-4 by Switzerland in the evening, giving plenty of hope to their rivals for the gold.
Source: Associated Press