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"It hurts right now," U.S. 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."
Cheryl Bernard's Canadians, who struggled to get past Japan 7-6 on Wednesday, converted her final rock yet again -- another dramatic finish that kept the home fans on the edge of their seats.
"I'm doing it so I get used to the crowd and feel the pressure," Bernard joked.
Britain's women, led by 19-year-old skip Eve Muirhead, routed Russia 10-3 in a match that was done after eight ends when the Russians conceded. Reigning world champion China beat Japan 9-5, and Denmark beat the United States 7-6.
It's been a woeful tournament for the Americans, whose men and women have combined to lose all seven of their matches.
"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."
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