02/10/2014 03:10 EST | Updated 04/11/2014 05:59 EDT

Sochi Olympics 2014: Canada's Brad Jacobs Edges Out Germany 11-8

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Canada's Brad Jacobs (R) talks with his teammate Ryan Fry during the 2014 Sochi winter olympics men's curling round robin session 1 match against Germany at the Ice Cube curling centre in Sochi on February 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

SOCHI, Russia - Canada made a stuttering start to the defence of its Olympic curling title on Monday, following up a scrappy win over unheralded Germany with a surprise loss to Switzerland on a sobering day for the big gold-medal favourites.

"It was pretty ugly, to be honest," said Brad Jacobs, who is skip of the team that is seeking Canada's third consecutive men's Olympic gold medal.

By the end of opening day, Sweden was the only team 2-for-2, with wins in tough matches against the Swiss and Britain at the Ice Cube Curling Center at the Sochi Games.

After sweeping through the Canadian Olympic trials unbeaten, Jacobs' team from Sault.Ste. marie, Ont., was widely seen as the overwhelming favourites for the games.

But Canada was sloppy in beating Germany 11-8 in the morning and then was upset 5-4 by Switzerland in the evening, giving plenty of hope to their rivals for the gold.

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