Weekend Reads Canada wins mixed doubles gold medal

15:12  13 february  2018
15:12  13 february  2018 Source:   MSN

Morris, Lawes make mixed doubles magic

  Morris, Lawes make mixed doubles magic Morris, Lawes make mixed doubles magicBut the first ever gold medal belongs to Canada.

Canada will face Switzerland on Tuesday morning at 6:05 a.m. ET with the first ever curling mixed doubles gold medal on the line. Norway conceded the match after the Canadians registered three points in the seventh end. It was Canada ’s seventh consecutive win .

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Canada's John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes downed defending world champions Jenny Perret and Martin Rios of Switzerland 10-3 in the final.

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.

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Lawes and Morris have both won Olympic gold in men’s and women’s curling in the past, but now they’ll play for the first ever gold in mixed doubles . The win also guarantees Canada a medal in the PyeongChang games

Along with serving as a calming influence for his partner, Morris played a terrific game for Canada . The 39-year-old firefighter from Canmore, Alta., has fallen in love with the mixed doubles game and now he’s a win away from winning a gold medal .

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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