Lawes, Morris sweep to gold

Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes celebrate after winning their mixed doubles curling match against Switzerland at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung South Korea Tuesday Feb. 13 2018. Canada won gold

John Morris says he's learning toward mixed doubles curling versus team events, after taking a gold medal with Kaitlyn Lawes Tuesday at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

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

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. In the third Canada took control.

Rios missed an opportunity to slow Canada's rise in the third end but failed to clear any of the opposition's four stones close to the house, allowing Lawes to clear up with the hammer for an early four-point swing in Canada's favour. After five ends, the Canadians were outshooting the Swiss 92 percent to 63 per cent and held an 8-3 lead.

Perret and Rios conceded in the sixth end, during which they were at one point lying four.

Switzerland will play for a gold medal in mixed doubles curling. It's Morris' second gold as well, as he won in 2010 with the Kevin Martin rink.

At the post-match news conference, Morris made an impassioned plea for mixed doubles, describing it as a fast-paced, exciting version of the sport that would only help curling grow.

"It feels fantastic", Morris said after the pair stood on the top of the podium at the Gangneung Curling Centre.

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Lawes will have some time to enjoy the moment before returning to the ice next month. 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.

Tuesday marked the second Canadian victory over the Swiss in mixed doubles curling. Switzerland, however, have won the world title six of 10 times it has been contested.

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

They gave up a steal of two and shook hands.

In the semi-final game between Canada and Norway, John Morris was fabulous in the first half of the game, while Kaitlyn Lawes struggled. They came together in January for the Canadian Olympic curling trials.

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.

Lawes and Morris finished the tournament with an 8-1 record, reeling off eight consecutive victories after dropping a 9-6 decision to Norway in their opening match.

The shotmaking abilities of Morris, 39, and Lawes, 29, overcame their lack of experience together as a team.

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