Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Newest Olympic sport gets underway; brother, sister team represents the USA

Curling- Winter Olympics Day-1 Newest Olympic sport gets underway; brother, sister team represents the USA
Shannon Reynolds | 09 February, 2018, 07:42

It was upset by Norway 9-6 in its Olympic opener Wednesday night. But, in the fifth frame, Canada took advantage of United States' miscues to grab control of the game.

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

The South Korean win prompted a standing ovation from the enthusiastic local fans, who seemed to understand the game, and were completely into the action but were respectful of the traditions of curling.

They are among 168 Russians in Pyeongchang after a strict IOC selection procedure, named Olympic Athletes from Russia with the Olympic flag, a neutral uniform, and the Olympic anthem to be played for gold medallists.

Morris and Lawes had little experience playing mixed doubles together prior to winning January's trials - a competition where they rebounded to qualify after losing three of their first five games.

"I've got more of a bruised ego than a bruised tail bone", he said. Canada, however, clinched the win with a point in the eighth and final frame.

Curling Canada's head of mixed doubles and coach of the Canadian mixed doubles Olympic team was the man responsible to getting the entire program off the ground.

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Cotter's World Curling Tour teammate John Morris, a Calgary firefighter, will play with Kaitlyn Lawes of Winnipeg.

Team USA curler Matt Hamilton won several fans after his likeness to the Nintendo character Super Mario was revealed by his own team.

They are Canada's first competitors at these games, which officially open Friday.

It was actually the first official event of these Olympics and while Canada lost 9-6 to Norway, Stoughton believes the fans in attendance and the TV viewers back home saw something that is soon going to become a smash hit. "The first dish came, and I think we were eating fish organs".

Lawes was impressed with the Korean crowd, though she hopes they will bring even more energy as the tournament goes on.

"Unfortunately there's not free bingo spaces here", Lawes said following the loss to Finland. "I'm not too discouraged".

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