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Ann Swisshelm (L) and Jessica Schultz (C) of the U.S. sweep as skip Erika Brown (background R) watches during their women's curling round robin game against Japan at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

WOMEN'S CURLING: U.S. gets first win

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SOCHI, Russia -- The Erika Brown rink of the United States notched its first win of the 2014 Olympic Winter games Thursday with a 8-6 win over Japan.

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The U.S. team improves to 1-4 with four games left in the round robin portion of the tournament. Japan dropped to 2-2.

"We all played really well. The steal of two was key. Once we got the lead I thought we managed the game pretty well," Debbie McCormick, who is making her fourth Olympic appearance, told USA Curling.

Other U.S. team members are Erika Brown (Oakville, Ont./Madison, Wis.), Jessica Shultz (Minneapolis) and Ann Swisshelm (Chicago).

The Brown rink still must play Denmark, Sweden, Canada and Korea in the round robin.

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