But the silver medal is Japan's best curling result in the Olympics.
While established powers collect most of the medals, smaller Olympic contingents and hometown heroes spanning the globe deliver compelling underdog stories.
Sui and Han skated to “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and opened with a quadruple twist that may have proved decisive in the end.
Porteous dethroned two-time Olympic champion David Wise on the penultimate day of the Beijing Games.
The defending champion suffered a fall at the turn that haunted her in the team pursuit earlier in the week.
“We're actually fierce competitors and we're out there to do really well and to put on a really good performance at the Games." ―Shanwayne Stephens, Jamaican...
Skip Satsuki Fujisawa and her teammates handled the pressure of a high-stakes match and played more consistently in a bounce-back win over the Swiss.
“We want everybody to see the splendor, the beauty of figure skating, and also to show the style of Chinese skaters,” Sui said.
Sakamoto is a wonderful example of the Japanese values of duty, honor and respect.
Valieva wilted under the Olympic heat in titanic fashion, thereby allowing the 17-year-old Shcherbakova to win the gold.
Brothers Akito and Yoshito Watabe, Hideaki Nagai and Ryota Yamamoto produce historic bronze for Japan.
The 2018 Olympic bronze medalist advanced to the final four on a tiebreaker after Britain, Japan and Canada finished with identical records.