Canada To Play For Mixed Doubles Gold

Gangneung, Republic of Korea - Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris guaranteed themselves a first-ever Olympic mixed doubles medal. Morris and Lawes beat Norway's Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten by 8-4 in Monday morning's semi-final at the Gangneung Curling Centre, to qualify for Tuesday evening's gold medal final.

By their own admission, the Canadians did not start well and could have scored more than the two points they opened with in the first end, when Lawes was heavy with her last draw.

In the second end, Norway's Skaslien was facing three Canadian counters in the house but drew inside them all, to respond with a single point. Norway tied the game at 2-2 with a steal of one point in the third end when Canada could not remove their stone sitting on the button.

In the fourth end Lawes was short with her draw to score just one point and take a 3-2 lead into the break.

For Lawes, it was a tough first four ends as she struggled with her rocks. During the mid-way break, Morris responding to CBC's Colleen Jones about Lawes said, "I got nothing but faith in Kaitlyn, I know she's struggling there right now, but she's a good player and I got nothing but faith in her."

The tide turned Canada's way after this. A great draw by Lawes on her last setup a two-point steal in the fifth end, when Skaslien wrecked on a guard on her last to give Canada a 5-2 lead. Skaslien drew for two in the sixth end, then, with the score at 5-4 for Canada, Lawes made a tight hit and stay for three points in the seventh end and an 8-4 lead.

The Norwegians ran out of stones in the eighth end and conceded.

Canada will now face the winner of the second semi-final, taking place this evening at 20:05 Korea Standard Time (KST), for gold and silver - either the current world champions from Switzerland or the 2016 world champions of the Olympic Athlete from Russia team. Before that, Norway will play the loser of the second semi-final for bronze medals.

Tomorrow's (Tuesday 13 February) bronze medal game will take place at 09:05 KST and will be followed by the gold medal final at 20:05 KST.

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