Currently underway in Prince George, BC, Team Kim are currently 5-0 in round robin play, although one of those wins was by walkover after Scotland was forced to withdraw from the event because of COVID-19. They did have an 11-4 beat down over Team USA and a 7-2 win in 8 ends over Germany. After playing Italy in the late session today their remaining schedule is as follows:
Wednesday 23 March 9am PDT vs Denmark & 7pm vs Sweden Thursday 24 March 2pm vs Switzerland & 7pm vs Canada Friday 25 March 2pm vs Japan & 7pm vs Turkey
Six teams qualify, so Saturday opens with 3v6 and 4v5 for spots in the semifinals later that day, with the final on Sunday.
Team Kim are currently 7-3 coming into the last day of round robin play. After losing to undefeated Switzerland in the midday session Thursday they had a close match with the host nation in the night cap. I caught snippets of it as the Olympic Channel of course chose to air US vs Sweden, which was hard fought as well with the Americans winning by a single point on the last stone in regulation. Korea, on the other hand, had to steal a point off the Canadian hammer in the last end to force overtime, then steal another point for the win. Team Kim is now tied for 3rd and closes with Japan and Turkey today.
Korea finished 9-3 in 2nd place and thus has a bye into the semifinals. They blitzed championship debutante Turkey in their only match on the final day: the grudge match with Japan never took place after a COVID-19 case handed Team Kim another walkover. The qualification round sees Canada vs Denmark and Team USA vs Sweden. Korea and undefeated Switzerland await the winners.
After Canada and Sweden won their respective qualification finals the hosts faced Team Kim in the semifinals, and for the second day in a row they gave the Koreans points off their hammer late in the match. The Garlic Girls are in Sunday's final against undefeated Switzerland.
The Gold Medal match between Korea and Switzerland will air live on the Olympic Channel (and NBC Sports app) at 7pm ET. DVR it or watch it live in the unlikely event Cursed MADsen runs away with the JTBC.
I was at work and thus could only follow the live score updates of the Federation's website. It was a close match and Team Kim had their moments but the Swiss had the hammer in the final end and that was the difference. Great effort nonetheless and it bodes well for the future.
It was frustrating to watch because the Swiss having the final hammer made it look right from the start like it might come down to Korea needing to get a steal in the final end (which was what did happen). Then the Swiss scored 3 points early, and it felt like it was already over. But somehow, Korea persevered and tied it up with three to play. But they still had that fricking hammer disadvantage, and they just weren't able to get the steal or make 2 points on their last hammer end.
For all the blather about how great the Swiss are, they came out of the Olympics without a medal, so it's not like they couldn't be beaten. But it's Korea's bad luck that they always seem to run into that one unstoppable team every time they get into a gold medal match; in 2018 it was Sweden. Whatever, it was a great match, they played hard, and with luck next time it will be Korea who will be the unstoppable team.