Kaitlyn Lawes, Johnny Morris Win Gold In Curling Mixed Doubles At PyeongChang Olympics
|The Huffington Post 13 Feb 2018 at 04:51|
Canada s John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes downed defending world champions Jenny Perret and Martin Rios of Switzerland 10-3 in the final.
Morris hoisted Lawes into the air in triumph following their victory. Lawes then ran into the stands to hug family and friends.
Ottawa s Morris and Winnipeg s Lawes claimed the second Olympic gold medals of their careers and Canada s third of the Pyeongchang Games.
Lawes was third for the Jennifer Jones team that won women s team gold in 2014. Morris was vice for Kevin Martin when they took the men s team title in 2010.
Mixed doubles curling made its Olympic debut in Pyeongchang.
After trading deuces with the Swiss in the first two ends, the Canadians scored a pivotal four in the third to lead 6-2.
The Canadians were outshooting the Swiss 92 per cent to 63 after five ends and led 8-3.
The Swiss were setting up for a multi-point end in the sixth, but the Canadians played defence and left Perret with a tough hit to score points.
They gave up a steal of two and shook hands.
After Morris made a hit and roll to score lay four in the third, Rios sent an attempted hit through the rings. A delicate raise by Lawes with Canada s last stone of the end scored quadruple points.
Canada held the Swiss to one in the fourth and scored two in the fifth for an 8-3 lead.
The shotmaking abilities of Morris, 39, and Lawes, 29, overcame their lack of experience together as a team. They d curled few mixed doubles games together prior to winning January s trials.
They topped the preliminary round with a 6-1 record and beat Norway 8-4 in the semifinal to advance to the championship game. As the top seed in the playoffs, Canada had hammer to start the final.
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