In Beijing, curling has been one occasion the place Britain has been in a position to shine in an in any other case disappointing Video games for the nation.
On Sunday, the ladies’s group delivered the nation’s solely gold medal on the Video games, defeating Japan, 10-3. That adopted the lads’s group’s successful silver on Saturday, after shedding to Sweden, 5-4, giving Britain its first medal within the Video games.
The ladies’s sport was a rematch of the bronze medal sport from the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. In that contest, the Japanese beat the British, 5-3.
The British group had superior to the gold medal sport after beating Sweden by a single level within the semifinal sport on Friday. (Sweden went on to win the bronze.)
The British ladies’s group received silver on the 2014 Sochi Video games and gold on the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake Metropolis.
Japan had received six out of 10 matches in Beijing, clinching an 8-6 victory over Switzerland on Friday to advance to the gold medal sport.
Japan’s robust exhibiting displays rising curiosity in and improvement of the game in East Asia.
In Japan, curlers are celebrities and their cries of “sodanee,” or “OK,” throughout the curling rink have turn out to be a buzzword. Their snacking habits had been as soon as nationwide information.
In South Korea, the variety of viewers watching curling on tv has soared and the “Garlic Girls” grew to become fixtures on the final two Video games. They had been knocked out of the round-robin session of the Olympic match on Thursday by Sweden.
And in China, the federal government has employed a three-time world champion to educate its curling groups. In elements of the nation, beginner curlers are pushing high-pressure cooking pots and woks on out of doors ice, sweeping do-it-yourself rocks with common brooms.