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OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES


Mixed doubles makes Olympic debut Canada wins gold,


Team USA finishes sixth


representing the United States in mixed doubles and team competition, the Hamilton siblings were ready to hit the ice on Feb. 8 as mixed doubles made its Olympic debut. Te siblings from McFarland, Wis., started off the round robin on a pro-


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ductive note with a 9-3 win over the Olympic Athletes from Russia at the Gangneung Curling Centre. Te win was historical in that it was recorded as the very first Olympic victory in the mixed doubles discipline as the USA-OAR match finished minutes before the other three games that were part of the opening session. [A week later that team from Russia would rock the curling world when a positive drug test took away the bronze medals they won.] Te opening-day victory was followed by four losses before the Ameri-


cans would get back in the win column with a 10-3 triumph over Norway, which ended up receiving the bronze medal. Te U.S. would close out the round robin against Finland, which resulted in another close loss. “We missed a lot of the crucial shots when we needed to [make them]. It’s


more going to be about capitalizing on mistakes from the other team when we move forward and knowing that it’s all about making the right shots and not all of the shots,” said Matt Hamilton, whose popularity skyrocketed during the Olympics, aſter the loss to Finland. Te final ranking for the U.S. duo was sixth and the Hamiltons switched


focus to women’s and men’s team competitions. “I would say I am let down a little bit. But, I am not concerned at all go-


ing forward. I learned a lot on the ice that I am ready to take forward to my women’s team as well,” Becca Hamilton said aſter the mixed doubles round robin concluded. Becca played lead for the women’s Olympic curling team. Canada’s Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris would make history as the first


duo to win gold in mixed doubles at the Olympics when they defeated Swit- zerland, 10-3. Q


Team USA’s Matt Hamilton and Becca Hamilton became instant stars during the Olympics.


Photos by Rich Harmer, USA Curling Mixed doubles round robin standings:


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Canada (Kaitlyn Lawes-John Morris) Switzerland (Jenny Perret-Martin Rios)


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6-1 5-2


OAR (Anastasia Bryzgalova-Aleksandr Krushelnitckii) 4-3 Norway (Kristin Skaslien -Magnus Nedregotten) China (Rui Wang-Dexin Ba) Korea (Hyeji Jang-Ki Jeong Lee)


USA (Becca Hamilton-Matt Hamilton) Finland (Oona Kauste-Tomi Rantamaki)


USA round robin results: USA 9, OAR 3 Canada 6, USA 4 Switzerland 9, USA 4 Korea 9, USA 1 China 6, USA 4 USA 10, Norway 3 Finland 7, USA 5


4-3 4-3 2-5 2-5 1-6


Playoff results:


Tiebreaker: Norway 9, China 7 Semifinals: Canada 8, Norway 4 Switzerland 7, Olympic Athlete


from Russia (OAR) 5 Bronze: OAR 8, Norway 4 (OAR


is later disqualified for doping and Norway is rewarded the bronze) Gold: Canada 10, Switzerland 3


eam USA’s Becca Hamilton and Matt Hamilton came into the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 with the busiest schedules of any 2018 athlete across the grid. With double duty


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