Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Curling: Canada sweep past Swiss for first mixed doubles gold

Curling: Canada sweep past Swiss for first mixed doubles gold

"We felt that support so much over here", said Lawes, 29, Tuesday evening, hours after she and John Morris routed Switzerland 10-3 in the Olympic final.

The 29-year-old Lawes, from Winnipeg, won gold at the 2014 Sochi Games in Russian Federation as vice for Jennifer Jones.

Well, seven rounds of round robin, a tie-breaker and two semifinals later, it's time for the mixed doubles curling medal matches.

Canada's big play came in the third end (ends are like baseball innings), when they had the last-throw advantage known as the hammer.

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Morris, who was born in Winnipeg, but grew up in Ottawa, has also won gold before. We were anticipating playing eight ends down to the last rock. Vital Curling Club on Tuesday morning as she took home a gold medal at Pyeongchang 2018.

Mixed doubles curling only made its Olympic debut this year in Pyeongchang, so the duo is the first in history to ever win a gold medal in the event.

Russian Federation lost to Canada and Switzerland, but did beat their bronze medal match opponents, Norway.

"It brought back that youthful energy of wanting to make every shot even though we knew that it wasn't going to be like that", she said. After five ends, the Canadians were outshooting the Swiss 92 percent to 63 per cent and held an 8-3 lead.

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Morris and Lawes came together just a month ago at Olympic trials, dominated the tournament going 8-1 while outscoring their opposition 64-24 in the process. Curling Canada hired former Canadian and World men's champion Jeff Stoughton to oversee the program and the Winnipegger delivered, guiding the program to a gold medal. "That's why I think it is such a great sport because when you get up a few points unlike team curling where you can coast and play defensive, the best defense in mixed-doubles is a good offense you have to keep the pressure on".

"I love team curling and I've done it for many years", Morris said Wednesday. I'm just so thrilled.

Switzerland earned the silver medal, while the bronze went to a pair of athletes from Russian Federation, who beat Norway earlier Tuesday.

"One of our best assets was playing power-play defence", said Morris, the 39-year-old firefighter from Canmore, Alta. "And I think we would accept a challenge from Mr. T - not an arm wrestling challenge - but maybe a mixed doubles challenge if he's around". "Jenny and I will regroup and we will be back", he added. But they've formed a quick bond on the ice, with Lawes praising Morris for his stellar communication and Morris praising Lawes for her fierce sweeping style. It registered two points to swing the scoreboard back in its favor and picked up a steal in the eighth frame to secure the win and a spot in the gold medal game.

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