US Curling Team Beats Russian Athletes To Kick Off Pyeongchang Olympics

Posted February 11, 2018

They shared their Olympic debuts not only with each other, but also with their event itself as these are the first Games to include mixed doubles.

"We're starting to get a bit of momentum", Morris said.

"My dad went down to the club and played in leagues and when I went down to watch him", he said.

Eight teams are taking part in mixed curling at the Olympics, with the top-4 qualifying for the medal round.

Unfortunately for the team, they'd lose their second match 6-4 to the Canadian team of Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris. Team OAR could end up in any of the other 2-4 seeds based on Saturday night's games.

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Even though the opening ceremony doesn't take place until Friday in PyeongChang, some events are already under way and the US defeated their Russian counterparts in the new discipline of mixed curling. And in this match between representatives of rival nations, there were no signs of awkwardness out on the sheet - other than an incident midway through, when Matt Hamilton got tangled up with his counterpart, Alexander Krushelnitskiy.

"Mixed doubles, you're never safe with a three-point lead, anyone can score big ends", Becca said.

"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.

"It's different than playing with the girls I normally play with", she said. "We know we're in for a tough one tonight".

"I probably could", his sister shot back.

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From then on the Canadians dominated, inducing hand shakes from the Chinese in the seventh end and from the Finns in the sixth. "He's making all the shots so I think his confidence is going in the right direction for sure". We had the one-hour bus delay and it made for quite and interesting evening but these guys just said, 'There's nothing we can do about it ... let's go curl'.

Korea got one back with a power-play in the sixth to make it 5-3, but some good shooting from Lawes in the following frame gave Canada a commanding 7-3 lead. It's much faster paced than traditional curling.

The U.S. will conclude play on Sunday morning against Finland (0-5).

As thirds, they both regularly sweep a lot of rocks and collaborate on game-calling with their skips.

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