Korean women's curling team beats Japan to advance to finals

25 February 2018, 12:07 | Isaac Mcdaniel

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However, the viral videos and team exploits have not quite turned everyone into curling experts in Uiseong, where the team train at the country's oldest curling arena. "Park Ji Woo was supposed to go out with speed, and Noh Seon-Yeong would do minimal".

TV footage also showed Noh sobbing after the race, being comforted only by her coach Bob De Jong.

But it wasn't only the team's unexpected progress that made the girls worldwide sensations; it was also their tough 27-year-old team leader Kim Eun-jung and her extreme focus. A day later on Tuesday, the petition had more than 222,000 signatures. "They (Kim and Park) bring such a shame to our nation".

South Korea were more ruthless with the hammer in their possession, and while another single for Japan in the sixth end saw them again reduce the deficit to two points, they were struggling to reel their opponents in. No-one will remember that part of the story.

In the pursuit, the clock only stops when the final skater has crossed the line and teams typically finish with all three skaters bunched together.

Park said she was unaware that the skater was left behind in the heat, "because it was too loud".

'[The three of us] practiced in different places and didn't really have a chance to see each other, let alone talk about the race, ' she said.

Kim and Park gained nothing by finishing earlier. Noh Sun Young broke down in tears after the race and declined interviews.

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Noh had been hoping to win gold to honour her late brother, former short track world champion Jin-kyu, who died of bone cancer in 2016. He died two years later, at 23.

Choi, 19, was regarded as a poster girl for the Olympics hosts, but in a rollercoaster Games her bid for four golds ended immediately when she was disqualified from the 500m. She would compete in team pursuit. Unaware of the requirement, she had not met it.

"They are great, great kids and they just lapped it up", he told reporters. So when she was banned, according to reports, she declared she was no longer proud to represent her country.

"It is an obvious national disgrace to be Olympic athlete". Noh accepted a berth offered by the International Olympic Committee and an apology offered by the president of the KSU.

Noh ended up finishing the race nearly four seconds after her teammates, and the South Korean team failed to qualify for the semifinals. It looked as though Hasselborg had done enough to tuck her last red out of the way behind Britain's yellow, but the latter's captain knocked the opposition out to score two and head in 3-3 at the interval.

The incident likely will not harm Noh's legacy, but it has damaged her team-mates'. When Noh was announced, the whole crowd roared.

Supporters chanted "Dae-han-min-guk (Republic of Korea)!" as they clapped rhythmically in unison.

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