Sochi recap: Curling, women’s bronze medal game

Young British skip Eve Muirhead hit all the shots as she needed them, taking Olympic bronze in a well-played bronze medal game. Date: 20-Feb Sport: Curling Event: Women’s bronze medal game, Britain vs. Switzerland What happened: Switzerland’s Mirjam Ott had all the shots early. She was dialed in on her takeouts to take two in the second end. They traded singles in the next two ends. Eve Muirhead hit a double takeout and another takeout in the fifth to score two, leaving the teams tied 3-3 at the halfway point. Switzerland had the hammer and a slight advantage. Ott went … Continue reading Sochi recap: Curling, women’s bronze medal game

Sochi recap: Women’s ice hockey, Switzerland-Russia

A classic goaltender’s battle: Russia’s 20-year-old Anna Prugova vs. Switzerland’s Florence Schelling, the two-time Hockey East player of the year at Northeastern University. Prugova was nearly perfect. Schelling was better. Date: 15-Feb Sport: Women’s ice hockey Event: Switzerland vs. Russia Score: Switzerland 2, Russia 0 What happened: A tense scoreless affair for 30 minutes until Switzerland’s Stefanie Marty scored halfway through the second period. Russia couldn’t convert four power plays through two periods. The host country came out hard in the third and peppered Florence Schelling, outshooting the Swiss 19-7. But the Swiss did a nice job of clearing traffic so Schelling could see the … Continue reading Sochi recap: Women’s ice hockey, Switzerland-Russia

Sochi recap: Men’s ice hockey, Sweden-Switzerland

A stingy Swiss team frustrated high-powered Sweden, but the Swedish veterans managed to get the only goal they needed in the last 10 minutes for the win. Date: 14-Feb Sport: Men’s hockey Event: Sweden vs. Switzerland Score: Sweden 1, Switzerland 0 What happened: For two periods, nothing. Switzerland rotated goalies, benching L.A. Kings goalie Jonas Hiller despite an opening 1-0 shutout over Latvia. Reto Berra, who just made the move to the NHL with Calgary this season, proved to be difficult to solve as well. Sweden, which just lost captain Henrik Zetterberg to a back injury, took a while to … Continue reading Sochi recap: Men’s ice hockey, Sweden-Switzerland

Virtual Viewing Party: Wednesday’s games

The first pass through the field of 32 comes to a merciful close today. Starting at 2:30 p.m. ET, teams had better pick it up a bit, or they’ll be booking plane flights out of Johannesburg. On paper, Group H (first two games) should bring us out of the offensive doldrums today. But games aren’t played on paper — they’re played in the midst of thousands of vuvuzelas. Our hosts are: Beau Dure, / USA TODAY / Huffington Post Dan Loney, Kyle McCarthy, Boston Herald / Bruce McGuire, Jenna Pel, All White Kit Doug Roberson, Atlanta … Continue reading Virtual Viewing Party: Wednesday’s games