American curlers are winless through three days of competition

Friday, February 19, 2010; D06

The U.S. curlers are still winless in Vancouver after the women's team fell, 7-6, to Denmark on Thursday night for its third straight defeat.

Earlier Thursday, the winless U.S. men curlers also lost to Denmark, 7-6, to fall to 0-4. That puts the Americans at 0-7 through the first three days of competition.

"Both teams, it's kind of hard," U.S. women's vice skip Allison Pottinger said. "We're trying to stay positive, the boys are trying to stay positive, but it does get hard. I think the staff is trying to find ways to keep us upbeat, too." McCormick, a third-time Olympian who's back after missing Turin four years ago, made a takeout on her final rock but it rolled out.

The U.S. men, meanwhile, will need to win their remaining five matches in the round-robin schedule to stand any chance of reaching the semifinals.

"It hurts right now," lead John Benton said. "We're definitely on the way, way outside. Something magical would have to happen for us to make the medal round." Added U.S. second Jeff Isaacson: "I would say a miracle."

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