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Curling Mixed Doubles: Canada Easily Beats Switzerland for Gold

14 February 2018

"It's three years of work that we put into this and it's hard to accept it now", Rios said. Same thing here when we lost our first game. We wanted to make sure that we hung tough and continued to learn. Gough secured Canada's first Olympic medal in luge, finishing third in the women's singles final. Norway beat China 9-7 in a tiebreaker Sunday night.

The Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation team, competing as neutrals here following the country's systematic manipulation of the anti-doping system at Sochi 2014, had earlier claimed bronze with an 8-4 win over Norway.

When the International Olympic Committee announced it would be a 2018 Olympic sport, former Canadian and world men's champion Jeff Stoughton was hired by Curling Canada to oversee a mixed doubles program in hurry-up mode.

"I don't think it has sunk in yet, but you don't have a lot of chances to go to the Olympics, especially being from Canada", commented her playing partner Morris.

Lawes is the first Canadian curler to win medals in back-to-back Olympics.

"I saw some videos from the curling club, and I know that I had some family friends there cheering us on so early, so we appreciate you getting on the Korean time zone with us".

The Canadian women's hockey team also earned its second straight win, a 4-1 decision over Finland. "We know we're not going to be flawless but if we can find ways to be that much better each time, we're going to find the wins out there".

The win marks Canada's third gold medal of the Pyeongchang Games. "I played with John years ago and have been a huge fan of the game". Lawes and Morris forced conceded ends in their final seven games for a total of 11 ends conceded by the other team. The matches last only 90 minutes as opposed to three hours in standard curling, and there are only two players on each team instead of four, meaning both curlers must always be switched on.

Boutin, who had finished fourth in the 500-metre race, was bumped into the third place after judges disqualified South Korean speedskater Minjeong Choi for interfering with Italy's Arianna Fontana.

After trading deuces with the Swiss in the first two ends, the Canadians scored a pivotal four in the third to lead 6-2. Morris made a hit and roll to lay five, then Lawes finessed a delicate raise with Canada's last stone, scoring quadruple points.

Morris, 39, and Lawes, 29, proved to be quick studies of the mixed game, having curled together very little prior to winning January's trials.

At that point they were a loss away from elimination. It registered two points to swing the scoreboard back in its favor and picked up a steal in the eighth frame to secure the win and a spot in the gold medal game.

"It feels fantastic", said Morris. "We started 2-3 there and had our backs against the wall and we really adapted and overcame and learned how to play well together".

Curling tends to develop a cult following at Olympic Games and mixed doubles was no different in Pyeongchang.

Curling Mixed Doubles: Canada Easily Beats Switzerland for Gold