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Britain beats Japan 10-3 to win Olympic women’s curling gold

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More like a gold medal for Scotland, the real home of curling.

-9 ( +14 / -23 )

Well done Girls, congratulations for the silver..

Rising the name of Japan in Curling..

Go Japan!!..

-17 ( +10 / -27 )

Painful to see Yoshida break down during the most important game of her life and throw miss after miss, but this Britain today would have been very difficult to beat regardless.

Congrats on the medals!

12 ( +20 / -8 )

a team that was put together only in November for a last-chance Olympic qualifier after the British stumbled at the world championships and failed to earn a spot in Beijing.

What am I missing here? Is there some pertinent info that should be in the article?

So if I fail to earn a spot and put together a new team, I can still go? How does that work?

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

The better team won today. Both C. Yoshida and Fujisawa made some big mistakes. When your last 2 throwers don't perform, this is the result. I guess they left it all on the ice against Switzerland when they were essentially perfect.

Great job, though!

6 ( +11 / -5 )

CLJF, as a matter of Interest where do you think the cost for team GB £28 million investment for this 2022 Beijing games came from, it did not come from the Scottish Government that could barely cobble together £2 million to save rinks from closure due to lockdown restrictions in place across Scotland.

It has been the British tax payers that has been indirectly provided the investment funding.

3 ( +12 / -9 )

Well done, ladies! A couple days ago you thought you were going home empty, and now you have the Silver. Fujisawa’s 3-point, 2 stone takeout on the last throw against Denmark was the best play of the tournament.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

More like a gold medal for Scotland, the real home of curling.

> -6( +2 / -8 )

@ CLJF - Tough crowd here! It is the regular Scotland national team, who, along with the mens team, compete as "Team GB" in only the Olympics.

Well done to them all and the Japanese ladies.

6 ( +12 / -6 )

Silver is also great, congratulations to the Japanese curling team. Next time they will go for gold and surely get it, because they usually just can play wonderful curling. What was going quite a bit wrong today is, that they persistently forgot where every of the countable points is made, only in the house. The UK team has mastered this and strictly played such way, while the Japanese team a little bit stubbornly made too many beautiful guard stone decorations without any real need, even still while the score was already in favor for the UK team. Those guard stones neither count nor are they any significant obstacle for such good opponents who also can play wonderful and have made it to the final.

-2 ( +9 / -11 )

To paraphrase Burns

But pith and power, till my last hour,

I'll mak this declaration;

We're bought and sold for Team GB gold-

Such a parcel of curlers in a nation!

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Silver is nothing to be ashamed of. They did a nice job overall.

But, I think they won gold for the team whose voices were more pleasant to hear, though.

-2 ( +10 / -12 )

It has been the British tax payers that has been indirectly provided the investment funding.

Do the residents of Scotland not pay taxes?

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

Watched EVERY second LIVE!

Big contrast between GBR skip Eve Muirhead’s commanding Scottish burr of

HARD!, HARD! HARD!”

and 

Team JAPAN’s delightful, dulcet songs of

o, o, o, ok, ok,… ii yo!

3 ( +11 / -8 )

Congratulations!” to the young women of both great teams. Well played by all these young ladies.

3 ( +9 / -6 )

Congrats girls . But next time , don’t play “not to lose.” You have to play to win . Terrible coaching ….

-1 ( +9 / -10 )

Yeah!

1 ( +4 / -3 )

garypen, that is the whole point, irrespective of nationality, a team effort, Team GB, with help from the national lottery.

Had Scotland chosen to become and independent country 2014, I have no time for unions, so support an independent Scotland. The sooner the better.

With the collapse of the Scotland offshore oil and gas industry.

The cost of providing and developing a vaccine, the lockdowns, track and trace, etc

Where do the think the investment for either the Tokyo Olympics/Beijing Olympics come for an independent Scotland come from?

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

@Steven

There are only two teams and there is an extra end in the event of a tie.

So playing “not to lose” is exactly the same as playing to win….

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

lucabrasiToday  03:21 pm JST

@Steven

There are only two teams and there is an extra end in the event of a tie.

So playing “not to lose” is exactly the same as playing to win….

Sorry you don’t understand the difference in being aggressive or passive.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Well done to the British team.

An awesome show of power and dedication.

Well done also to the Japanese team who were also awesome in reaching the final.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Refreshingly free of the influence of any chemicals.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Re: silver is still great.

Silver means you are the first placed loser.

No second prize for me. Give me glory or give me death!

-14 ( +1 / -15 )

British curlers born in Scotland and " the stone of destiny " ???

The game was born in Scotland.

And Scotland is part of the UK by the way.

Congratulations to the ladies .

Awesome performance.

However the article author Jimmy Golen descriptive style of writing i find to be inappropriate and inaccurate for the Olympics curling competition.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

GB was most consistent start to finish, Japan missed a few KEY shots & paid dearly for it, and once they missed the chance for 2 points with the hammer only getting one, they should have been a bit more aggressive in my opinion, but silver is still a great result for Japan, well done!

5 ( +5 / -0 )

CLJF....

More like a gold medal for Scotland, the real home of curling.

Scottish people are considered British, especially when doing positive things such as winning medals or inventing almost everything worth inventing. They are generally separated as being Scots when frying chocolate bars or destroying soccer grounds. On the whole good sorts... most of them. :)

1 ( +7 / -6 )

Well done to both teams, it was a thrill to watch.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Congratulations to both teams. You played well and hard.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Big contrast between GBR skip Eve Muirhead’s commanding Scottish burr of

“HARD!, HARD! HARD!”

My dog was reacting to her voices, staying alert :)

Anyway, congrats Team GB.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Congratulations to the British ladies team from Scotland.

Unfortunately this will be deemed somewhat of a failure, no doubt, by Japanese media; Kind of ironic as they clearly put untenable prior pressure on the Japan team, as they so often do with Japanese athletes in international sporting events, to win.

Can't just cheer them on now, can you...

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Congratulations to the British team. No doubt they're relieved to not only clinch the gold, but to also win against the very team that beat them four years ago.

And as for Japan, they did one better than before which is an achievement in itself. They can hold their heads high and be proud that curling has been recognized through their achievements.

Unfortunately this will be deemed somewhat of a failure...by Japanese media

No, it won't. Japan has more than proven itself in the women's speed skating. The advantage of being runner up is that you can still be expected to achieve future glory.

''Yurika Yoshida hugs Hailey Duff'' Now, that's what it's all about; respect among athletes.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

It was the most lopsided women's final in Olympic history.

Fujisawa takes risks and goes for it on 4th down. It’s what got them here but the team could be more patient and play a closer game like the men’s final.

That said congratulations on silver. Well done!

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Congratulation to both team GB and also to Japan.

In my huff puff I lost perspective.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Team GB lost their cherry at last!

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Great show Great Britain.

Excellent strategy used when needed most. Good to see the UK government provide ample financial support for these teams.

Japan, on the other hand, were inflexible in their approach and were content to hi-touch while plowing straight ahead with a losing strategy.

Always good to see a coddled group get knocked down a peg.

Hope the Brits can repeat next time.

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Yeah, I figured they lost since I didn't hear a single thing about the game today, or about another Japan gold (bringing the total to four). They did manage to surpass the total medal count of Pyeong Chang, which was a goal, but they had also said they would get more golds than Nagano, including Hanyu's gold and more for Takagi, so I guess we should all throw away the predictions and just say, "good game". I think the Japanese team did extremely well; they got passed most of the world's favorites, and continue to improve their game. I know it is the trend these days for Japanese athletes to ball uncontrollably when they lose (or even just finish a performance, like the male figure skater in the pair skating last night), and obviously they are wiping away tears in the first pic, and being consoled in the second, but they did a great job! And kudos for Britain for the win.

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lolozo79Today  06:41 pm JST

"Unfortunately this will be deemed somewhat of a failure...by Japanese media"

No, it won't. Japan has more than proven itself in the women's speed skating.

And I think you missed my point: Japanese MEDIA- Not the Japanese: the media who've been touting them as de facto gold medallists. THEY won't want to admit they've yet again overplayed their hand, so will more than likely 'Commiserate' on the ladies' team's behalf.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

@OreiO Perhaps I did miss your point. Japanese media lebelled the match as 残念, 頑張った (Too bad, Well done and you did us proud.) I personally don't think there is any negativity at all. Latest news from NHK: "The best result ever." Fujisawa herself: "I felt disappointed but I think we did well." A former Japanese curler, Miyo Ichikawa, said in an interview that she had nothing but respect for the team.

Kudos to Fujisawa, the two Yoshidas and Suzuki.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

...labelled the match as

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Awful performance on the big stage

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

Shouldn't they be using rechargeable robovacuums to sweep the ice instead of brooms. Would be a good show of tech, sustainability and sport

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

I don’t know what happened but maybe it’s the coaching. The UK were allowed to get too many high unanswered points. Anyway, well done classy and beautiful ladies, you’ll get them next time.

on a side note, do you think the medals say “Made in China” on the back?

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

Team Japan were gracious in the loss.

I only tuning in to the curling and the figure skating.

Japan team took the risks.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

on a side note, do you think the medals say “Made in China” on the back?

No.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_medal#Production_and_design

I found this information on Google. But if you want to use DuckDuckGo I imagine you’ll get the same answer.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Would’ve been nice for people who work at night to see at least one game or highlight video.

what’s the point of these games if no one can see them on demand?

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

I can not think of a sport that looks more ridiculous that this one.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Congratulations to the Yoshida sisters, Fujisawa-san and Suzuki-san. Silver s not that bad. : )

0 ( +2 / -2 )

I can not think of a sport that looks more ridiculous that this one.

Have to agree on that one but to each his own.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Japan weren't at the races today, but they had a great tournament all the same. Well done to the Scottish ladies for the win.

Since people are mentioning voices, one of the Japanese, I think its the number three Yoshida, has a super high-pitched nasal tone, the kind of affected voice an oldschool Japanese saleswoman uses with customers on the phone. It can be quite piercing. The team get lots of praise and attention for their looks, but the ex-curler NHK had in the studio for analysis was even prettier and looked like she'd just walked out of a high end fashion magazine like Non-No.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I dread to watch Japanese curling team. They shout too much !

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

I dread to watch Japanese curling team. They shout too much !

I quite like them, because they look like they are enjoying the game.

But they did get absolutely schooled today.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I can not think of a sport that looks more ridiculous that this one.

Have you never seen synchronized swimming?

2 ( +4 / -2 )

I dread to watch Japanese curling team. They shout too much !

Their opponents shouted way louder, and much more aggressively.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Japan, on the other hand, were inflexible in their approach and were content to hi-touch while plowing straight ahead with a losing strategy.

Always good to see a coddled group get knocked down a peg.

That "coddled" group made it to the final. I'd imagine they could knock you down a peg or three in any contest.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

"Yeah, I figured they lost since I didn't hear a single thing about the game today"

Japan country, their rules.

"Why would you think your American logic should apply to Canadians when the overwhelming majority of them disagree with you? Hmm, which logically makes more sense, Canada doing things the way some American wants, or Canada doing things with the overwhelming support of Canadians"

Yup; already saved this quote for future reference(s).

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Loved listening to and watching the positivity of the Japanese team-they are a wonderful team and a credit to the sport!

1 ( +4 / -3 )

I guess Japan didn't get enough of their "mogumogu" time.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Congratulations! GB won the gold otherwise it will be Scotland lost the final.

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Tom San

I guess Japan didn't get enough of their "mogumogu" time.

Do any of us?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I watched the match between Japan and England, it was intresting to watch the skill and tactics, I certainly think that the Japanese ladies can hold there heads high they played very well, and they were gallent losers.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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