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South Korea topped pre-tournament favorite Canada 8-6 in its first Olympic match.

"Since it was the first game, we were really nervous", South Korean skip Kim Eun-jung said after the victory over the Canadians.

They were trained in the sport by a local curling enthusiast, who also taught the women Buddhist meditation to deal with game pressure - perhaps one of the reasons behind their unbending performance as hometown underdogs.

Bloomberg also spoke to Kim Hyung-soo, 54, who defected to South Korea with his son - a North Korean national league skier - in 2009. "They've got the home-court advantage".

"I think this kind of effort is really meaningful", he said. He has been blamed for the sinking of the Cheonan, a South Korean navy corvette.

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He said: "If the sanctions don't work, we'll have to go phase two, Phase two may be a very rough thing, may be very, very unfortunate for the world".

With six Olympic medals between them, Sweden and Great Britain's pedigree provided stark contrast to the teams playing just meters away.

With a Swedish rink in the final for the fourth consecutive Olympics, Anna Hasselborg's team played with cool confidence while the charismatic Korean four from a small garlic-growing county who had been thrust into the global spotlight, seemed to finally wilt under the huge pressure. Her 72-per-cent shot success was the worst of any player in the final, while Sweden's skip Anna Hasselborg threw a 94-per-cent game. They then tacked on two more victories to finish round robin action. "I didn't know [that she was in attendance]", Gerard said after his final run.

Coming from elite families, they were "relatively well aware about South Korean economic prosperity" he said, but added: "There is a big difference between being told about something and seeing something with your own eyes".

Sweden took control of the match by stealing a point in back-to-back ends - the fourth and the fifth - even though South Korea had the last-rock advantage known as the hammer.

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South Korea carried a 5-2 lead into the seventh end and pushed its advantage to four in the eighth frame.

Unlike South Korea, Sweden has had a solid presence in women's curling. "I think they're one of the top (teams) in the world ..." However OPLANs also include a lot of operational details that do not change much over time so grabbing even one version of a particular OPLAN has its uses. They formed their team in high school, and became the first cohort to enter a new curling centre in Uiseong, the sparsely-populated rural area where they grew up, a place famous for its garlic. The answer could provide a coda to an extraordinary two weeks of Olympic political optics - and offer hints of the Trump administration's approach in coming weeks when it comes to the thawing of North-South relations on the Korean Peninsula.

The International Olympic Committee executive board has recommended upholding the ban of Russian Federation from the Pyeongchang Winter Games because of a massive doping scandal.

South Korea has outscored opponents by 32 points-tops in tournament play.

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