Controversy has already hit at the Winter Olympics in mixed doubles curling

by Ben Pena February 9, 2018, 2:06
Controversy has already hit at the Winter Olympics in mixed doubles curling

But they can only do this once, and not if the game goes into extra ends. "Everyone's putting pressure on each other and we'll wait and see if an opportunity comes up and hopefully we can capitalize". It's a key piece of strategy, as it often lends to the team with the hammer scoring a big end of three or more points.

The pair will represent the US for the start of competition Thursday morning in South Korea, which will be Wednesday evening in Chicago.

With Canada up 5-4 in the eighth end, a huge double by Morris making it more hard for the Hamiltons to steal paid off as Lawes drew to the button for the victory, which followed a 9-6 tournament-opening loss to Norway.

The Americans scored a single point in the sixth end and stole one with Canada holding the last shot in the seventh to pull within 5-4. They went undefeated in group play, and are no slouch. Matt, 28, and Becca, 27, decided they wanted to compete together.

The pair picked up a hard-fought 6-4 victory over Matt and Becca Hamilton of the United States in the evening draw after dropping their opener 9-6 to Norway's Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten in the morning.

But in the final end, Lawes' draw to the button was on target to deny the US comeback try.

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics don't officially open until Friday but a couple of Canadians were already in competition mode Thursday.

At the Olympic trials, Lawes and Morris had struggled with communication at times and it appeared they might miss the playoffs after going 2-3 in their first five games in Portage la Prairie, Man., but came together when they needed it most.

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Although the siblings are seeking Olympic Gold, both work rather modest jobs when they're not competing.

Morris won Olympic gold in 2010 playing third for Kevin Martin, while Lawes topped the podium in 2014 as vice for Jennifer Jones.

The Hamiltons, of McFarland, Wisconsin, will be going for the gold as the USA mixed doubles Olympic curling team.

Morris and Lawes are set to meet China (1-1) and Finland (0-2) on Friday.

Bagpipe music played, standard-bearers in colorful, traditional Korean dress introduced the eight competing countries and curling mixed doubles swept into the Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018.

Their red stone lay at the very centre for the first shot but it was not clear whether they had secured two shots, which would have won them the match, or one, which would have tied it up at 5-5.

The American team is one of eight that qualified in mixed curling.

Does she think the fans in Korea understand the difference between mixed doubles and regular curling?


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