The Associated Press GANGNEUNG (AP) — In a sport known for its politeness, the sight of American curlers Matt and Becca Hamilton banging their brooms against the Olympic ice in frustration was a bit of a rarity. But then so was the manner in which they lost the game.
Despite holding a 4-3 lead heading into the final end, or round, of curling’s mixed doubles match Friday, the United States lost 9-4 to reigning world champion Switzerland after the Swiss managed something exceedingly unusual in curling: a perfect score known as a six-ender. How rare is a six-ender? Think of a perfect game in baseball.
First, a bit of a primer: Mixed doubles curling, which is making its Olympic debut in Pyeongchang, has different rules to standard curling. There are only two players on each team — a man and a woman — as opposed to four. There are eight ends instead of 10. And each team throws six rocks in each end instead of eight.
Martin Rios laughed when asked if he was aware he and his teammate had set a record for first perfect curling score at the Games. “We wanted to win the game and that’s it,” he said.