Winter Olympics: 'Burned rock' foul causes rare stir in women's curling

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Canada, which was behind before the foul, then went on to score four points, taking the lead at 6-4.

It was the Canadian women's first game since the burned rock controversy vs. Denmark, when Homan chose to remove a rock that was slightly touched by a Danish sweeper's broom.

Curling - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Round Robin - Denmark v Canada - Gangneung Curling Center - Gangneung, South Korea - February 16, 2018 - Madeleine Dupont, Denise Dupont, Julie Hogh and Mathilde Halse of Denmark celebrate after beating Canada.

Canada's skip Rachel Homan removed the stone from play.

"Obviously disappointed with the result, I think we have been playing pretty well just been missing some shots and we've had teams play really well against us", said Canadian lead Lisa Weagle.

The U.S. team's skip, Nina Roth, said her team had a few unfortunate misses in the first end that put them on the back foot from the start. Denmark won that game, 9-8.

At the fifth end, South Korea earned two points to widen gap with Canada to 4-1 by pushing out two stones of their rivals. Tweets from curling fans immediately began to flow, with some criticising the move as unsportsmanlike.

Homan said she was simply following the rules. Curling has a deeply ingrained ethos of good sportsmanship, and the rules dictate that players treat their opponents kindly. After the match, Danish skip Madeleine Dupont said she disagreed with Homan's decision.

Edin finished the game by curling 99 per cent as the Swedes improved to 5-0 and sit alone atop the men's standings. The crowd erupted into chants of Homan's name, and maple leaf flags waved wildly following the long-sought victory.

"I wouldn't have done it, but we're different that way", she told the Post.

Japan leads the tournament with a record of three wins and zero losses. "We love our hockey, we love our curling, we love our skiing, we love our boarding". "I'm not going to be mad about it".

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