The first Olympic gold medal in mixed doubles curling goes to Canada.Canada’s John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes downed defending world champions Jenny Perret and Martin Rios of Switzerland 10-3 in Tuesday’s final.Mixed doubles curling made its Olympic debut in Pyeongchang.
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.
“It feels fantastic. It’s an amazing feeling winning the gold medal. I’m really proud of us for coming here and putting mixed doubles on the map,” said Morris.
The shotmaking abilities of Morris, 39, and Lawes, 29, overcame their lack of experience together as a doubles team.
Prior to winning January’s trials, they’d played a few games years earlier in the Continental Cup of Curling.Morris and Lawes 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, the Canadians had hammer to start the final. They were up against curlers more seasoned in the discipline, however.
Canada held the Swiss to one in the fourth and scored two in the fifth.