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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Winter Olympics spoiler alert: Women's curling

AP Sports Writer

Article on U.S. vs. Japan in women's curling.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Japan rallied back from an early three-point deficit to spoil the Olympic opener of U.S. skip Debbie McCormick’s team, beating the Americans 9-7 in a dramatic finish that brought out an official measurement.

McCormick threw her final stone with a chance to tie, and both teams wound up with one rock on the edge of the button. They were so close that an official measurement was done, and Japan’s rock was a hair closer in the innermost scoring circle. If the U.S. stone had won, the teams would have played an extra end.
Japan scored one point in the ninth end to take the lead.