Canada's Lawes and Morris defeat Swiss to Win Gold

15 February, 2018, 02:30 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris win mixed doubles curling gold

Canada broke open a tie game with four in the third end for a 6-2 advantage before going ahead 8-3 after five ends. They are the first two to win two gold medals. This is for everybody back home, who have always been supportive and it just feels so great.

Gough secured Canada's first Olympic medal in luge, finishing third in the women's singles final. The pair put an emphatic claim on the gold medal Tuesday night with a 10-3 win over Jenny Perret and Martin Rios of Switzerland. Each had been to the Winter Games before, him in 2010, her in 2014, both coming home with gold medals, both desperate for another shot at the world's best bonspiel. It just feels awesome to be part of this team. With Canada already lying four, a miss from Martin Rios gave Morris a chance to add a fifth Canadian stone to the rings, and the 39-year-old firefighter from Canmore, Alberta made no mistake with a flawless draw to the four-foot.

Lawes and Morris came together only one month ago at the Canadian Olympic trials.

Both Lawes and Morris have now won two gold medals. They are also a combined 29-1 in Olympic play. A resilient tandem, they made mistakes in South Korea and learned from them, outscoring their opponents 64-24.

All of which is to say, we should be in for a very even and excellent bronze medal match.

Switzerland attempted to come back in the sixth end and looked to be setting up to score multiple points, but a tap by Lawes had Canada sitting two.

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"It's surreal, to be honest", offered Lawes.

Valjas clocked the 26 fastest time in qualifying at 3 minutes 17.11 seconds and was faster in the quarter-final round at 3:10.87, grabbing one of the semifinal wildcard spots, but was unable to duplicate that effort in the semifinal round, finishing at 3:13.91. "With Kaitlyn Lawes, that's for sure the case", Morris said. "Same thing here. We lost our first game and it felt similar to those trials where we didn't feel we were playing that poorly, we just had to find a way to improve a couple of percentage points each game". She packs a big punch and she makes a lot of clutch shots.

Canada started well and scored two in the opening end before Switzerland swiftly restored parity with a pair in the second.

Canada struck again for two with the hammer in the fifth to make it 8-2 and clinched the game in the sixth, once again, as flawless shots by Morris and Lawes left Perret a Hail Mary angle raise to try and take two Canadian rocks off the button.

Tuesday marked the second Canadian victory over the Swiss in mixed doubles curling. "If that lets other people try the sport of curling for the first time, I think that's wonderful".

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