Mixed doubles curling is one of four new events in the 2018 Winter Olympics and was the first event overall to kick off official competition.
Eight teams are competing in the newly introduced Olympic event with the top four finishers in the preliminaries qualifying for the semifinals.
It is not exactly the height of the Cold War, but there is always a frisson when the U.S. meets Russian Federation as it did in the opening curling match of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Other nations entered in this inaugural Olympic competition are Canada, South Korea, China, Norway, Finland and Switzerland.
The U.S. jumped out early, stealing two points in the first end, but couldn't carry that offense forward, falling 6-4 to China's Rui Wang and Ba Dexin.
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Two more points in the sixth and another in the eighth by Finland tied the score kept their hopes of a first win alive by forcing extra throws.
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The teams got to the arena with little time to spare and had to rush through their practice session before a game against the United States.
Its latest triumph was a tense 6-5 overtime victory against South Korea. Their win Wednesday came over Alexander Krushelnitskiy and Anastasia Bryzgalova.
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In power-play ends, the two pre-placed stones are at the side of the house instead of in the middle.
The Olympic Athletes from Russia's defense was tremendous in the win.
Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes/John Morris, both Olympic champions, opened the match with a 3-0 lead.
Canada had no problem getting past Switzerland in a matchup between two teams that entered Friday with identical 3-1 records.
The U.S. team never trailed until the final end of the game, scoring one point in each of the first, second and fourth ends to take a 3-1 lead at the midway point.
Morris won his in Vancouver in 2010, and Lawes got hers in Sochi in 2014.
Despite a hard defeat for Switzerland, the duo of Jenny Perret and Martin Rios will have an opportunity to bounce back on Saturday against South Korea.
After Switzerland tied the score for the first time in the seventh end, they took advantage of USA mistakes, placing all of their rocks on the house for the five point win.