CURLING/ Japan women claim final playoff spot despite loss

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The teams combined for a 15-3 record in round robin play.

Driver Nico Walther and Christian Poser of Germany crash in the finish area after the second run during the two-man bobsled competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. With that, she became the first female skater from South Korea to win a medal at the Winter Games.

At the same time, Choi, the anchor of the relay team, gained her second gold medal, following the title in the women's 1,500m last week. The skater opposed Kim Bo Reum and coach's claims and revealed, "We trained in different facilities and we didn't even have many chances to meet." . One of the most famous athletes in South Korea, she has broken numerous world records throughout her skating career.

"They're very resilient", US skip Nina Roth said after her team fell to South Korea.

Having this on during the Lunar New Year holiday period has meant that whole families have taught each other rules of curling while they gather for long lunches at home. "But as we became first in the rankings, we really wanted to get to the final, and we've become more focused on winning the medals".

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Choi, 19, was regarded as a poster girl for the Olympics hosts, but in a rollercoaster Games her bid for four golds ended immediately when she was disqualified from the 500m.

"I won the gold in the 1,500 and event and gold today for the relay and I am very happy about that".

Overall, the Swedish team opened Olympic competition with five straight wins before falling in back-to-back games. Wonder what they eat for a victory dinner?

And again, Japan gave EunJung Kim's team all they could handle. "Just be in the moment and just have a lot of fun". The victor will play either Great Britain or Sweden in the gold medal match on Sunday.

"I thought we had it", skater Marianne St-Gelais said. "I even watched a match this morning".

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Team Netherlands practices for the men's team pursuit speedskating practice session at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018.

South Korea carried a 5-2 lead into the seventh end and pushed its advantage to four in the eighth frame. With one throw left, Canada could not score the two points it needed to force an extra end.

The Korean women, led by skip EunJung Kim, have breezed through round robin play, going a tournament best 8-1, and outscoring their opponents by 31 points - 75 for to 44 against - also a tournament best by almost double the second best.

"It wasn't that we didn't think this would happen with Seon-Yeong", Park told a TV station. Their town's mayor decided more than a decade ago to use government funds to build a curling center in hopes of hosting tournaments and becoming a future curling destination.

South Korea is the first team from Asia to reach an Olympic curling final.

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Alina Zagitova of the Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation celebrates on the podium after winning the gold medal in the women's free figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.

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