Controversial 'burned rock' foul causes a stir for Canadians at Olympic curling

Denmark's Madeleine Dupont delivers a stone between Julie Hogh and Denise Dupont during match against Canada.

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.

Canada's Rachel Homan is still searching for her first curling win at the Winter Olympics.

When burned rocks occur, the opposing team has three choices: They can ignore the foul, rearrange the stones to whatever position they think they would have ended up if the stone hadn't been touched, or remove the stone from play. With Denmark sitting two, Homan nailed a double-takeout to score four, and take a 6-4 lead at the break. While that was within the rules, many curling fans - particularly Canadians - were shocked by the move, which some dubbed dishonorable. But curling has a deeply ingrained ethos of good sportsmanship, and players are usually exceedingly polite to their rivals.

Sweden was able to get a little separation after scoring two in the ninth end to go up one heading into the 10th, but OAR's Victoria Moiseeva floated her hammer throw right onto the button in the 10th for the third tie of the game.

"I think we played really well in those other games, but we each had a couple key mistakes that really cost us", the Ottawa skip said. In the fourth end and with the hammer, Homan needed her draw stone to sit anywhere in the inner-ring of the house to score a single. "I'm not going to be mad about it".

"You can feel that (Canada is) not they're usual 'them, ' " Dupont said. So obviously, we've done it in the past and they just happened to do that then.

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. "So it's just the rules, I guess".

  • Stacy Allen