ISN Olympic report – Curlers Staying Hot

Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris

Team Canada is continuing to generate momentum in mixed doubles curling at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. In two marvelous performances, Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris of Winnipeg, Manitoba won both of their games to improve to a record of five wins and one loss.

Lawes and Morris defeated Jenny Perret and Martin Rios of Switzerland 7-2 in their first game and then Anastasia Bryzgalova and Alexander Krushelnitskiy of the Olympic Athletes of Russia 8-2 in the second game.

In both contests, Canada got off to marvelous starts. In their win over Switzerland, Lawes and Morris scored four points in the second end after being stolen upon in the first end and then against O.A.R., Canada once again put pressure on their opponent by scoring four points in the first two ends and then a pair of deuces in the fourth and sixth ends. In both games, Lawes and Morris only had to play six ends. Now in the last four Canadian wins, they have not needed to play the eighth end.

Canadian curling fans can now get excited with the fact that Team Canada is in first place. On Saturday, Canada got some help from the United States as the sister and brother duo of Rebecca and Matt Hamilton surprised the girlfriend/boyfriend duo of Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten of Norway 10-3. With the loss, Norway dropped to a record of four wins and two losses.

The United States have had a very strange tournament so far. They have hammered the contenders of Norway and the O.A.R. by a combined score of 19-6, but those are their only two victories.

Team Canada has one more round robin game against the host nation of South Korea before the semi-finals on Sunday. South Korea is tied for sixth with the United States at 2-4.

Meanwhile, in other Canadian Olympic news, four Canadians have qualified for the men’s slopestyle snowboarding finals. Tyler Nicholson, Max Parrot, Mark McMorris and Sebastien Toutant will all compete Saturday night.

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