Canada's Lawes and Morris defeat Swiss to Win Gold


World champions Switzerland slipped past a jittery Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation team on Monday to join Canada in the final of the mixed doubles curling in the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

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.

He says he felt the chemistry with Lawes from the start.

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The fact that Lawes and Morris had to get through such a tough field to win the Canadian curling trials and qualify for the Olympics made them battle-tested for this event and, though they had far less experience in the mixed doubles discipline than the other teams, they were able to impose their will in eight of nine games. With Canada already lying four, a miss from Martin Rios gave Morris a chance to add a fifth Canadian stone to the rings, and the 39-year-old firefighter from Canmore, Alberta made no mistake with a flawless draw to the four-foot. "I don't think I deserved it". "But we did, we learned quickly and adapted and before you know it we were really starting to play well together".

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Canada edged ahead with an early four-pointer before steadily growing their lead through some tactical stones, although a nervous performance from Switzerland's Rios helped their cause.

In the final, the Canadians never gave the Swiss a chance.

Jokes aside, Lawes and Morris were on the offensive throughout the gold-medal final, securing a game-changing four-spot in the third end.

Mixed doubles games are eight ends instead of the traditional 10. Canada was lying five with one rock to go thanks to a Rios flash, but after Perret pushed out two rocks with her last stone, Lawes made a tap for four to open up a 6-2 lead. Gough stood third when German Tatjana Huefner, who had been in second, began her final run.

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.

Switzerland will face Canada in final of mixed doubles curling.

"One of our best assets of the week was our power-play defence", said Morris. "If that lets other people try the sport of curling for the first time, I think that's wonderful".