Reaction over the top

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

VERNON, B.C. -- Team Canada skip Jennifer Jones had just missed a shot to win and the Chinese reacted as if they had just won Olympic gold.

One even tossed her broom into the air in celebration after China's Bingyu Wang stole a 9-7 victory in a women's world championship round-robin match yesterday.

"I was a little bit surprised, to be honest, yeah," said Canada second Jill Officer, who looked dumbfounded by the aerial brush. "I felt like we had just lost a final. I guess, in some way, I can understand that some teams want to beat Canada and they did so, they were happy."

Canada third Cathy Overton-Clapham thought the reaction was over the top.

"Yes, they were pretty excited," she agreed. "I don't think throwing the broom was necessary but they were quite excited about winning the game."

A World Curling Federation official even spoke to China's national coach Dan Rafael about celebrating a miss so vigorously.

"Actually, I missed what happened because I was too busy writing my notes," said Rafael, who hails from Montreal. "But the head official came over and talked to me about it. I told him I'll talk to them but they're really young and they're so pumped. I mean, there's a lot of pressure on this Chinese team to perform because it's all about performing -- pressure from their bosses because they're all professionals. That's their job -- to curl for their country. If they don't perform, they're going to get fired.

"But they're excited. They just beat Canada. The last time we played (Jones), it was 11-1 (for Jones at the 2005 worlds)."

It was also a rather unexpected miss and, therefore, an unexpected victory.

"We were so lucky so we are so happy so we throw brooms," Wang said.

BREAK-IN UPDATE: At least four teams and some national teams were the victims of break-ins at the Prestige Hotel where most of the teams are staying on Sunday afternoon. Thieves, or a thief, broke into 11 rooms, stealing about $10,000 in Canadian and such foreign currency as Swiss francs, Euros and yen -- as well as other valuables.

It is believed that Switzerland, Italy, Japan and the Czech Republic, as well as some coaches from other teams, were victimized on Sunday afternoon when all four teams were playing. After the thefts were discovered on Sunday night, a number of teams on the second floor were moved around midnight, with many due to get up Monday at 6 a.m.

Some suspect it was an inside job because the perpetrator not only knew when the teams were playing but what rooms they were in. According to an RCMP release, images of a male suspect have been obtained through the hotel's security system.

Although the teams involved are checking with their insurance companies, there has been a groundswell in the community to come to their aid and there may be a sweep through the arena to raise funds for them this week.

BITER: Denmark coach John Helston has been told he cannot come to the ice during timeouts here because he is officially listed as a Team Leader, not a coach. The Winnipegger said that will be straightened out before he heads to Grand Forks, N.D. to coach the Denmark team at next month's men's world championship.


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