Tuesday, 20 February, 2018

Winter Olympics: Canada land third gold medal with curling mixed doubles win

Canada's John Morris And Kaitlyn Lawes Win Olympic Gold In Mixed Doubles Curling featured image John Morris, Kaitlym Lawes and Alex Gough earn Olympic firsts for Canada
Ellis Copeland | 14 February, 2018, 22:46

" This is for everyone back home [in Canada] that's always been supportive".

Gough secured Canada's first Olympic medal in luge, finishing third in the women's singles final. We [Canada] are having such a great Games, and to give us a boost like this with another gold, it just feels awesome to be a part of that team. In the third, another miss by the Swiss allowed Lawes to finish the end and score four for Canada.

It seemed like just another day in the office for Morris and Lawes, who took the match against defending world champions Martin Rios and Jenny Perret at 10-3 in the final.

Morris hoisted Lawes into the air in triumph following their victory.

St-Gelais also took silver in the 500 during the 2010 Vancouver Games and earned silver in the 3,000-metre relay in each of the previous two Olympics.

The 29-year-old Lawes, from Winnipeg, won gold at the 2014 Sochi Games in Russian Federation as vice for Jennifer Jones. With Canada already lying four, a miss from Martin Rios gave Morris a chance to add a fifth Canadian stone to the rings, and the 39-year-old firefighter from Canmore, Alberta made no mistake with a flawless draw to the four-foot.

Canada came a long way since the announcement three years ago that mixed doubles curling would be an Olympic sport. A resilient tandem, they made mistakes in South Korea and learned from them, outscoring their opponents 64-24.

"It's surreal, to be honest", Lawes said. "I wanted to have fun and enjoy sliding over those Olympic rings".

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All of which is to say, we should be in for a very even and excellent bronze medal match.

"It's surreal and an incredible honour to represent our fantastic country".

" It's just unbelievable right now, " she told the CBC after the race". The Canadians continued to apply pressure, and the misses for Switzerland mounted. "Same thing here. We lost our first game and it felt similar to those trials where we didn't feel we were playing that poorly, we just had to find a way to improve a couple of percentage points each game". The guard stone is positioned to the side of the sheet so it protects the in-house stone.

"One of our best assets of the week was our power-play defence", said Morris. "The power play is what makes this game so interesting". She packs a big punch and she makes a lot of clutch shots.

Canada held the Swiss to one in the fourth and scored two in the fifth for an 8-3 lead.

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.

"It's here to stay and I can't wait to see how well it does back in Canada".

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