China loses to Canada in curling mix doubles

Doug Mendoza
February 11, 2018

The mixed-doubles squad defeated OAR (Olympic Athletes from Russia) team by a 9-3 margin in their opening match of Round Robin play.

"We decided that we should try out for it because it is another opportunity in the Olympics", he said, noting the added advantage of competing with his sibling. "We'll come back stronger. So we'll have to tighten up a bit and hopefully get a win tomorrow".

The similarity between Matt Hamilton, 28, and the most well-known fictional Italian plumber - whose full name is Mario Mario - was first spotted by an Olympics viewer Wednesday night.

In addition to qualifying for that event, Becca, 27, and Matt, who turns 29 during the Games, are also part of the US men's and women's teams in PyeongChang. There are eight ends per game, and each team throws five stones per end, unlike regular curling where they throw eight and play 10 ends.

The U.S. curling team of Matt and Becca Hamilton led off a mixed doubles tournament by defeating a team from Russian Federation. Morris won his in Vancouver in 2010, and Lawes got hers in Sochi in 2014.

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Morris, from Canmore, Alta., and Winnipeg's Lawes had little experience playing mixed doubles together prior to winning January's trials.

The two were Canada's first competitors at the Games, which officially open Friday. "It's something I'll never forget. That's what we are trying to do", he said. "I'm really proud and honoured to be a part of this". Following the loss to Canada, Matt Hamilton said that his team was one frame away from a 2-0 start to the 2018 Winter Olympics. Should they make it to the finals in both events, they will curl on every single day of Olympic competition, totaling 18 days straight and over 50 hours on the ice.

"It was fantastic to hear the roars from the Korean fans".

The top four teams after the round robin make the Monday semifinals.

Canada has made the mixed doubles podium just twice at the world championships, grabbing a silver in 2017 and a bronze in 2009. "Everyone has earned their right and they're the best of the world. Hopefully, we are going to have some tie-breakers in our favor later".

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