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Winter Olympics: Curlers look to lady luck after weekend of upsets

Britain's curling women will need their rivals to slip up if they are to reach the semi-finals after a 10-6 defeat against Switzerland at the Vancouver Olympic Centre yesterday.

It was Britain's fourth defeat of the round-robin competition and even if they win their remaining two games against Denmark and Canada they will have to rely on favourable results elsewhere to qualify.

Lindsey Vonn and Shani Davis were out of the spotlight as the underdogs had their day on a weekend of upsets in Canada.

Vonn was beaten into third place by Austrian Andrea Fischbacher in the women's super-G while Davis had to settle for silver behind Dutchman Mark Tuitert in the men's 1500m speed-skating final.

Norwegian world champion Petter Northug finished out of the medals in the men's 30km cross country pursuit as Sweden's Marcus Hellner snatched the title, and Chinese teenager Zhou Yang burst through the pack to win the women's 1500m short track speed skating gold.

Only Swiss ski jumper Simon Ammann and South Korean short track speed skater Lee Jung-su won gold as expected on the weekend where the Games passed the halfway stage.

Evgeny Ustyugov of Russia shot a flawless program and pulled away from the pack after the final shooting session to win the 15km mass start yesterday. Frenchman Martin Fourcade grabbed the silver while Pavol Hurajt of Slovakia took bronze.

Ustyugov, a 24-year-old competing in his first Olympics, cruised across the finish line at the Whistler Olympic Park in 35:35.7, 10.5 seconds ahead of Fourcade.

World Cup leader Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway -- winner of two medals in Vancouver -- finished 13th in the 30-man field after missing three targets.

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