Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Canada wins curling gold

Canada wins curling gold

It will be the very first gold medal game in the history of mixed doubles curling at the Olympic Winter Games.

After losing their opening game here last Thursday, Lawes and Morris were flawless the rest of the way, winning eight straight games to capture gold. But it didn't last long: in the third, Martin Rios of Switzerland missed a big shot.

Morris took home his second Olympic gold after winning with Kevin Martin's team in the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver. Lawes was brought in as a replacement player after Morris's original partner, Rachel Homan qualified for the Olympics in women's curling and had to bow out.

A bad shot from Switzerland got the game off to a good start for Canada, letting Lawes and Morris grab two points.

Jokes aside, Lawes and Morris were on the offensive throughout the gold-medal final, securing a game-changing four-spot in the third end.

"It feels fantastic", Morris said after the pair stood on the top of the podium at the Gangneung Curling Centre. Perret was left with a hard shot to score and was unable to do so, giving Canada the steal of two and forcing the Swiss to handshakes.

The mixed doubles event proved popular with fans and curlers, who praised its relatively rapid pace and potential for high scores.

Switzerland has won six of the last 10 mixed doubles world championships, including the 2017 title.

That they did and Canada's streak of winning a medal at every Olympic curling competition since the sport debuted in 1998 lives on, the men and the women combining to win five gold, three silver and two bronze medals. They are the first two to win two gold medals. They came together in January for the Canadian Olympic curling trials.

In the first running of this event at any Winter Olympics, the Canadian team of Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris swept their way to first place and led by seven points before Swiss counterparts Jenny Perret and Martin Rios called time. Their narrowest margin of victory was two, 6-4 over the United States, and they blew out everyone else, including Switzerland 7-2 in the preliminary round, by playing an offensive-minded brand of curling. "A dream come true", a beaming Lawes told CBC Sports. The Lawes-Morris pair finished with eight consecutive victories at Pyeongchang, despite being teamed up only two months ago and practicing less than an hour before the Olympic trials.

The shotmaking abilities of Morris, 39, and Lawes, 29, overcame their lack of experience together as a team.

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