So much for Team America going undefeated at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Mixed doubles duo Vicky Persinger and Chris Plys of Team America lost to Italy in the second round 8-4 on Wednesday.
This was the first mixed doubles match at the Olympics from Italy, who was not among the eight nations competing at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. Stefania Constantini and Amos Mosaner’s tandem won and started the match. Round one round with a score of 1-0.
The US led 1-0 in the first half before Italy picked up four points in the second half. Each side has a point in subsequent endings to make it a 5-2 contest.
Persinger and Plys took a point in the fifth inning to cut their deficit to two. In Friday’s final, a Constantini piggyback violation allowed the United States to tally one more point and make it 5-4. Italy squandered an opportunity to widen the lead even further in the seventh minute but only won by one point.
America had a chance to draw the game 6-6 in the eighth inning, but Persinger’s final throw went wide and put Italy 8-4 on aggregate.
Persinger and Plys won their first game 6-5 against Australia on Wednesday to open the tournament.
Next up for Team America is a game against Norway on Thursday at 1:05 a.m. ET. Norway, the team that won bronze in 2018, lost their first match at the 2022 Olympics to the Czech Republic 7-6.
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