Winter Olympics: Canada land third gold medal with curling mixed doubles win

Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris won the first-ever Winter Games gold medal in mixed doubles curling on Tuesday defeating Switzerland 10-3 in six ends at the Gangneung Curling Centre in South Korea

Mixed curlers strike gold in Korea

It will be the very first gold medal game in the history of mixed doubles curling at the Olympic Winter Games. After losing their first game of the tournament, both Lawes and Morris turned up the heat as they ran the table the rest of the way, outscoring their opponents 70-33 during their nine games en route to 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 was vice for Kevin Martin when they took the men's team title in 2010.

But that once-in-a-quadrennial opportunity was gone, and for Morris, things were even more uncertain, as Rachel Homan, his mixed curling partner, had won the women's trials to book a ticket for Pyeongchang with her own rink and was no longer available.

That early 9-6 hiccup against Norway aside, the Canadians dominated the inaugural mixed curling event at the Olympics from start to finish.

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.

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WANG ZHAO via Getty Images Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris celebrate on the podium during the curling mixed doubles venue ceremony. Perret was left with a hard shot to score and was unable to do so, giving Canada the steal of two and forcing the Swiss to handshakes.

Lawes and Morris won Olympic gold in just their 22nd game as a team. Team Canada could actually have got more, but Lawes was heavy with her final stone and went right through the house. They are the first Canadians ever to win two Olympic gold medals in curling.

Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris beat Jenny Perret and Martin Rios 10-3 in the final at Gangneung Curling Centre.

They gave up a steal of two and shook hands. Their narrowest margin of victory was two, 6-4 over the United States, and they blew out everyone else, including Switzerland 7-2 in the preliminary round, by playing an offensive-minded brand of curling. They are also a combined 29-1 in Olympic play. "A dream come true", a beaming Lawes told CBC Sports.

Lawes and Morris came together only one month ago at the Canadian Olympic trials. "There's a good chance I will probably being playing some more mixed doubles in my future, but I am not sure how much team curling I have got left in the tank".

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