LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. - Winning ugly sure beats the alternative.
Heather Nedohin and Team Canada beat U.S. skip Alison Pottinger 8-7 in their opener of the women's world curling championship.
"When your heart is pounding from the first end to the 10th end, it feels good do get a W at the end," said Nedohin. "We were so excited just to get to the ice and finally it's arrived. We're just thrilled to be playing now.
"I'm just overly excited. This has been a dream of ours since we were little girls. We're here in the show, in our province, in front of family and friedns. I think that's why my heart's pounding."
Nedohin laughed off some early miscues when she missed chances to roll out in the first and fourth ends.
"We just giggle," said Nedohin. "Those damned skips can't make a peel-out when you need it. The team plays so good, so you've just got to laugh. You can't be too hard on yourself in the early ends. You just have to be patient."
Nedohin got the break she was looking for in the eighth.
Pottinger threw her last draw heavy, handing Nedohin a steal of three for an 8-4 lead. That break gave Nedohin the cushion she needed.
"It was a big three," said Nedohin. "I was surprised by the crowd (reaction). I think we have a crowd here that's had a little green beer. There's some over-the-top leprechauns."
Nedohin knows her foursome will have to be a lot sharper when they face China's Bingyu Wang and Switzerland's Mirjam Ott.
"Every day's a big day here," said Nedohin.
Czech Republic skip Linda Klimova emerged as the Day 1 surprise. winning both her starts. That put the Czechs in a first-place by themselves at 2-0 after Korea upset Sweden.
"It's good for us to win our first two matches, but it's not too good that they are teams with not too much experience," said Klimova, who beat lower-ranked Italy and Korea.