Pyeongchang Olympics begin with mixed doubles curling

Stones await competitors at the Gangneung Curling Center. Competition gets underway Thursday morning in Pyeong Chang
Stones await competitors at the Gangneung Curling Center. Competition gets underway Thursday morning in Pyeong Chang
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11 February, 2018

Traditional men's and women's curling has been at the Olympics since 1998, but mixed doubles - a faster and sometimes seemingly more chaotic incarnation of the sport - is making its debut at the 2018 Winter Games.

Mixed doubles is happening for the first time at the Pyeongchang Games.

Lawes and Morris will close out their round robin with a match against South Korea at 7:05 p.m. ET Saturday.

"We're just being patient. So it'd be awesome".

"Nice to get out on the ice, surprisingly didn't feel any jitters", Matt said to reporters following the game". "So to be doing it at this level is a pretty surreal experience". "Past year after winning nationals was one of my favorite nationals to win to win it with my brother".

"That game was phenomenal", Canada mixed doubles coach Jeff Stoughton wrote in his blog after the match. "You got to go, go, go, go, go!"

"She couldn't find a better partner", Matt quipped. We made a couple of errors, and they were able to pull together a couple of big scores on us. "I mean, right from the first rock - ideal draws, flawless taps, double-takeouts, a couple in-offs. I make any of them and we're in a good position". "The ice was a little quicker and a little straighter and we didn't connect with it right away like Korea did". We're going to have to come back sharp.

Canada, now 4-1 and atop the standings in PyeongChang, has never won a mixed doubles world championship, but looks like the favorites for gold through five games. However, they finally faltered in the early stages of the playoffs and ultimately finished 10th.

Matt started curling 16 years ago, and Becca took up the sport two years later. The saying stuck with him because it reminds him of curling and the need to be both smooth and deliberate in the hack. "The only thing that I would've changed is that I wouldn't have fallen!"

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"I can't divorce my sister", he told Reuters.

All of the Olympic curling matches in the second session take place simultaneously and it will be up to NBC's editors to decide how much of each match is shown.

"I'm a very out there, loud kind of guy", he said.

They've been good naturedly bickering like this for most of their lives.

- Becca grew up playing lacrosse and soccer, but ultimately gave them up once she started travelling more for curling. "I don't think he missed a shot after that".

"I've got to be better than that". "And I was like this is terrible, I do not want to be out here right now".

"Wang Rui is young.this is her first Olympics".

Team USA has an interesting team as Matt and Becca Hamilton are a brother and sister duo.


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