Curling Mixed Doubles: Canada Easily Beats Switzerland for Gold


AFP/Getty Images Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris celebrate winning the curling mixed doubles gold medal game.

After losing their opening game here last Thursday, Lawes and Morris were ideal the rest of the way, winning eight straight games to capture gold.

The team from Switzerland - made up of Jenny Perret and Martin Rios - defeated the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation 7-5 in their semifinal matchup Monday morning at the Gangneung Curling Centre.

Morris took home his second Olympic gold after winning with Kevin Martin's team in the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver.

Lawes and Morris will receive their medals in a ceremony Wednesday at the Olympic Medals Plaza in Pyeongchang.

Perret, throwing last rock for the Swiss, then played a big weight hit to spill just one Canadian rock out of the rings, leaving Lawes with a hack weight tap back for four points and a 6-2 lead they would not relinquish.

After Canada and Switzerland traded deuces with the hammer in ends one and two to make it 2-2, the Canadians smashed the game open by taking advantage of a Rios miss on an open big weight hit. "At this stage in my career, I am really loving the mixed doubles", Morris told The Homestretch on Tuesday.

"It feels fantastic", Morris said after the pair stood on the top of the podium at the Gangneung Curling Centre.

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Perret and Rios conceded in the sixth end, during which they were at one point lying four.

Lawes will have some time to enjoy the moment before returning to the ice next month. "It just feels so great", Morris added after securing Canada's third gold medal of the Games and eighth overall. Team Canada could actually have got more, but Lawes was heavy with her final stone and went right through the house.

When the International Olympic Committee announced it would be a 2018 Olympic sport, former Canadian and world men's champion Jeff Stoughton was hired by Curling Canada to oversee a mixed doubles program in hurry-up mode.

Rios showed flashes of the shot selection that helped get Switzerland to the decider but saw the deficit increased to 10-3 after six ends, at which point Switzerland surrendered the result to their opponents. They are the first two to win two gold medals.

"It sounds surreal", Lawes said when asked how it felt to be a two-time gold medalist, "and I don't know if that's ever going to sink in". They came together in January for the Canadian Olympic curling trials.

Morris hoisted Lawes into the air in triumph following their victory.

Lawes and partner John Morris defeated Switzerland 10-3 in the gold medal final of mixed doubles curling here Tuesday night Korea time. They are also a combined 29-1 in Olympic play.