GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) – Canada had been topped the first Olympics mixed doubles curling champions on Tuesday, claiming gold with a 10-Three blowout win over world champions Switzerland.
The victory positioned John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes in elite firm, the Canadians including their names to a brief record of 4 curlers who’ve received two Olympic gold medals.
Lawes, a member of Canada’s gold medal ladies’s crew in Sochi, and Morris, a part of the boys’s gold medal foursome on the 2010 Vancouver Games, acquired the Pyeongchang Games off to a rocky begin by dropping their opener however that will be their solely blemish on an in any other case flawless run to the gold medal.
Swiss pair Jenny Perret and Martin Rios added an Olympic silver to their world championship title.
“You never know how many times you are going to get to an Olympics, it’s such a privilege if you can get to one,” Morris informed reporters.
“The pressure is always on whether you are a hockey player or a hockey fan everyone wants you to bring home the gold and it just feels so great that we were able to do that.”
The last was at first a strategic tug-of-war between Olympic and world champions with Canada scoring two within the opening finish and the Swiss answering with a pair within the second.
But the turning-point got here early within the third finish when Rios missed a takeout and Lawes together with her last stone made an excellent elevate faucet to offer Canada a 4 and a commanding 6-2 lead the Swiss might by no means overcome.
After Canada scored a pair within the fifth finish and stole a pair within the sixth the Swiss waved the white flag, conceding the gold to Lawes and Morris with two ends nonetheless to play.
”The sport of mixed doubles the technique is offense,“ said Morris. ”That’s why I feel it’s such an awesome sport as a result of once you rise up a number of factors not like crew curling the place you may coast and play defensive, the very best protection in mixed-doubles is an effective offense you need to preserve the stress on.
“As a result you are either going to get games that are 12-11 or games that are lopsided.”
For all of the success Canada has had within the conventional format, successful the final three Olympic gold within the males’s competitors and the ladies’s twice, the curling powerhouse has by no means received a mixed doubles world title.
Only thrice because the International Curling Federation launched a mixed-doubles world championship in 2008 has Canada stood on the rostrum.
Switzerland then again has claimed the world title six of 10 instances it has been contested.
Mixed doubles is making its debut as an Olympic occasion on the Pyeongchang Games.
The groups play a most eight ends versus 10, and there’s no shot-calling skip as within the four-player, single intercourse format of the game.
The new occasion has introduced tempo, pleasure and fascinating partnerships, together with brothers and sisters like Americans Becca and Matt Hamilton, and husbands and wives like Aleksandr Krushelnitckiy and Anastasia Bryzgalova who received bronze for Olympic Athletes from Russia with an Eight-Four win over Norway.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of the game (mixed-doubles), I love the fast pace, high-scoring athleticism mixed-doubles brings,” Lawes stated.
“It’s an incredible honor to represent your country on the world’s biggest stage and to be able to bring home another gold medal with John is an absolute honor.”