Rachel Homan bounces back with bronze at world women's curling

Canada's skip Rachel Homan delivers a stone during their bronze medal match against the U.S. at the...

Canada's skip Rachel Homan delivers a stone during their bronze medal match against the U.S. at the World Women's Curling Championship in Riga, Latvia, Sunday, March 24, 2013. (Ints Kalnins/Reuters)

STEVE GREEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:23 PM ET

It's the game no one wants to participate in, especially when you've just had your dreams of playing for a world title crushed the night before.

Yet Rachel Homan and her Ottawa Curling Club rink of Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle showed some tremendous character by bouncing back to win the bronze medal at the world women's curling championship Sunday in Riga, Latvia.

A double split for three in the third end gave Homan a 4-2 lead, one she'd never relinquish as she went on to beat Erika Brown of the U.S. 8-6.

Canada's title drought at the championship has now reached five years. Homan had a chance to end that, but she jammed on a double takeout for the win in the 10th end of the semifinal Saturday against eventual champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland, giving up a steal of one to lose 8-7.

"I'm really proud of my team for regrouping after last night," Homan said. "It sucks to lose like that, but for us to come back and win like we did, I'm really proud of that.

"This week has been amazing. We've learned a lot and we've gained a lot of experience and it's all good for the (Olympic) trials coming up. We're just going to take what we learned from this week, take the good experiences and fun times we had and get ready for the next event."

In the final, it was third time the charm for Muirhead as the four-time world junior champion gave Scotland only its second world omen's crown. A month shy of her 23rd birthday, Muirhead became the youngest women's champ as she made a hit on the button with the game's final stone to beat Margaretha Sigfridsson of Sweden 6-5. The Swedes had won both the round-robin and 1-2 playoff games against the Scots.

It's the fourth runner-up finish for Sigfridsson, who throws lead stones. She was also second to Mirjam Ott of Switzerland last year in Lethbridge, Alta. And ironically, another silver-medal finish came in 2002, when Jackie Lockhart of Scotland won by the same 6-5 score.

The Swedes struggled all game to put their rocks in the right position, but they looked to be in control early. Sigfridsson opted to have fourth Maria Prytz play a hit for two instead of a double for three, taking a 2-0 lead in the second.

They forced Muirhead to take one in the third, but Prytz barely rubbed a guard on a comearound hit in the fourth, giving the Scots a critical steal of two and a 3-2 lead.

Both teams missed chances at multiple ends in the seventh and eighth, leaving Muirhead with a 5-4 lead. Prytz made a draw to the eight-foot for one in the fifth to tie it, but Muirhead made the most of last rock in the 10th.

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