Canada's Chelsea Carey picks up 1st win at women's curling worlds
Canada's Chelsea Carey has her first win of the world women's curling championship.
The Calgary skip scored four in the fifth end en route to an 8-5 win over Germany's Daniela Jentsch on Sunday in Silkeborg, Denmark. Canada opened the competition with a 7-6 loss to Korea on Saturday night.
"It was huge to go out there and get some confidence," said vice-skip Sarah Wilkes. "It's massive for our team; to get out there and have an idea of what the ice is doing and be a little more comfortable out there, less stressed, it's definitely huge for our confidence.
"It's a huge relief. Being at our first women's worlds for the three of us [Wilkes, second Dana Ferguson and lead Rachel Brown] and getting that first win for Canada, it felt really great."
Canada trailed 2-1 through four ends after the Germans registered a steal of one when Carey was wide with her last-rock tap attempt. But the Canadians dominated the fifth with eight perfectly executed shots, the last being Carey's wide-open hit for four after Jentsch's last-rock freeze attempt bounced into the open.
"We were due for eight [made shots]," said Carey with a smile. "When you make eight shots, good things happen, especially when you have the hammer.
"That was a big turning point in the game, obviously."
And effectively erased any lingering disappointment from the Saturday night loss.
"Losing the first game isn't that big of a deal as long as you respond properly," said Carey. "You're going to lose games this week; nobody will go undefeated.
"But you want to try to not lose two in a row at any point. We were just a little bit off (against Korea), so we wanted to come out today and be just that tiny bit better. The first half, we weren't quite there, but in the second half we got the communication going, we started reading the ice a little better and everything just got tighter, more precise, and that's what we needed."
Canada (1-1) resumes tournament action later Sunday against Latvia's Iveta Stasa-Starsune (0-2).