Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris capture gold in mixed doubles curling

Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris capture gold in mixed doubles curling

The game was indicative of the entire event for the Canadian duo.

The proceedings start with the bronze medal match Monday evening in America, 6 p.m. ET, between Norway and Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation. In the third Canada took control.

In a game CBC/TSN broadcaster and Olympic silver medallist Mike Harris called, "a clinic in mixed doubles curling", Lawes and Morris kept pressure on the Swiss, forcing Perrett to draw for one in the fourth end for a 6-3 score.

They gave up a steal of two and shook hands.

"It's fantastic", said Morris, who won the Brier in 2008, 2009 and 2015 along with a men's world title in '08. The Canadians' 11 overall curling medals at the Winter Games is more than any other country.

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In the semi-final game between Canada and Norway, John Morris was fabulous in the first half of the game, while Kaitlyn Lawes struggled.

"I'm really proud of us for coming here and putting mixed doubles on the map", Morris added.

Canada actually lost its first match of the tournament, to Norway, before rolling to six straight wins in pool play. Lawes, from Winnipeg, won in 2014. Lawes' spot was filled by 23-year-old Shannon Birchard for the tournament, and Birchard is expected to act as the team's alternate player at the World Championships. With Canada already lying four, Rios attempted a raise triple but completely flashed with his last rock.

The first Olympic gold medal in mixed doubles curling goes to Canada.

"You know what, it feels unbelievable - two golds for Canada", said Morris.

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After losing their opening game here last Thursday, Lawes and Morris were ideal the rest of the way, winning eight straight games to capture gold. They came together in January for the Canadian Olympic curling trials.

But that once-in-a-quadrennial opportunity was gone, and for Morris, things were even more uncertain, as Rachel Homan, his mixed curling partner, had won the women's trials to book a ticket for Pyeongchang with her own rink and was no longer available.

The Canadian pair defeated Switzerland's Jenny Perret and Martin Rios 10-3 in an exciting game, but one where the Canadians took an early advantage. They are also a combined 29-1 in Olympic play.

The 39-year-old Morris of Ottawa was an Olympic champion at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics playing third for the now-retired Kevin Martin, who told CBC Sports's Devin Heroux on Monday that "you won't meet a better big-game player than John Morris". A resilient tandem, they made mistakes in South Korea and learned from them, outscoring their opponents 64-24.

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