Winnipeg’s Kaitlyn Lawes Earns First Mixed Doubles Win at Winter Olympics

Winnipeg’s Kaitlyn Lawes Earns First Mixed Doubles Win at Winter Olympics

Winnipeg curler Kaitlyn Lawes and her doubles partner John Morris are back on track at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

After an opening loss Wednesday to Norway 9-6, the pair rebounded with a 6-4 win over Americans Becca and Matt Hamilton.

Both Ottawa’s Morris and Winnipeg’s Lawes are Olympic gold medallists in curling but they had little experience playing mixed doubles together prior to winning January’s trials.

“Obviously wanted to start off with a win, but it’s a long week thankfully,” said Lawes. “We’ll come back stronger.”

Lawes said she and Morris had “a couple key misses here and there.”

“If we can turn those full misses into at least half shots then we’ll have a little bit more success,” she added.

Morris said he and Lawes are still figuring out the ice.

“The ice was nice and consistent, but I have to make sure I throw to my tolerance a bit more so that if I do miss, it’s not a killer miss,” he said.

Morris, 39, won Olympic gold in 2010 playing third for Kevin Martin. Lawes, 29, won gold in 2014 as vice for Jennifer Jones.

— The Canadian Press

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