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Americans go 0-2 in afternoon curling action

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Thursday, February 14, 2002
American men stay alive, women lose again

Associated Press

OGDEN, Utah -- The U.S. men's curling team beat defending gold medalist Switzerland 6-2 on Thursday to stay in contention in the Olympic tournament.

The United States (2-3) would probably have to win its remaining four matches to qualify for one of the four spots in the medal round starting Feb. 20.

The Americans jumped to a 4-0 lead after five ends-- or innings.

"This game everyone played well. That's what it is going to take -- consistency," lead John Gordon said.

In other games, Sweden defeated Canada 6-5, Germany beat Denmark 7-6 and Finland beat France 6-5.

Canada and Germany are now tied for first at 4-1. The United States is seventh.

The American women lost two games Thursday to fall to 2-3.

They lost 9-4 to Denmark early, then 7-6 to Switzerland.

"We have four games left and we need to win them all," U.S. skip Kari Erickson said. "There will be a little pack of us chasing the last two spots. We need to step it up, stick to our game plan and make the other teams throw the hard shots."

In other women's games, Sweden beat Norway 10-3, Canada beat Britain 9-4 and Russia upset Denmark 7-5. Earlier Norway beat Germany 10-5, Britain defeated Russia 8-5 and Switzerland edged Japan 8-7.

Canada and Switzerland lead the standings at 5-0. The United States is seventh.