VERNON, B.C. -- Once again, these 'Canuck Comeback Kids' stared into the abyss and dug themselves out of a deep hole.
With their hopes for an expected gold medal fading fast, Team Canada's Jennifer Jones somehow pulled off yet another comeback -- which reminds one of the way a pool shark plays after he increases the wager.
Jones eradicated an 8-5 eighth-end deficit to tie the game 8-8 in the 10th end, then stole the winning point in an extra end as her foursome stunned Japan's Moe Meguro 9-8 in the women's world championship semifinal before 2,439 incredulous witnesses at the Greater Vernon Multiplex yesterday.
"We were just determined," Jones said.
"We never give up and we just went out there and we knew if we made a few shots, you never know what's going to happen.
"It showed a lot of character. We know if we're in striking distance, you can never count this team out ... we always say, 'Never die, never quit.' "
Meguro, who missed an attempted double kill for the win in 10, came up short on a difficult draw with the hammer in the extra end.
"We came on strong and it was quite exciting to win that way," said Canada third Cathy Overton-Clapham.
"Obviously, you never like to win on someone else's miss but we'll take that one ... We had a good extra end a good 10th end and fortunately, she missed both her shots in the extra."
Maybe Bingyu Wang never heard that old Chinese proverb about being careful about your wishes.
The China skip had hoped to meet Canada's Jennifer Jones in today's 11:30 a.m. (CBC) final. She was granted her wish.
"I really hoped that because then there would be the final game with so many more fans here," Wang said yesterday. "It is my first time playing in front of so many and it is so different. I feel like a superstar with only eight people on the ice."
It is China's first appearance in the final. Wang has already beaten Jones twice this week.
"Third time lucky, I hope," Jones said. "We'll go out and do our thing. We're very, very proud to be Canadian right now and very proud to play in that game."