Sports Mixed curlers prepare for Olympics

23:12  08 january  2018
23:12  08 january  2018 Source:

Mixed doubles curling trials set to begin

  Mixed doubles curling trials set to begin After coming up painfully short at the Olympic Trials last month in Ottawa, veteran skip Brad Gushue took a couple weeks off to recharge and refocus. "The first week I didn't even want to look at a curling rock or talk about curling," he said. Gushue missed a chance to book an Olympic ticket when his St. John's team lost in the semifinal at Canadian Tire Centre. However, for the first time, curlers have a second chance to get to the Winter Games now that mixed doubles has been added to the Olympic program.

With the curling mixed doubles event poised to make its Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018, we turn back the clock 12 Whyte and Yu would go on to reach the final, where they faced Japan’s Yako Matsuzawa and Switzerland’s Philipp Hoesli, who, at 14, was the youngest curler in the competition.

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WINNIPEG - They haven't had much time together, but Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris feel they have really started to jell as they prepare to represent Canada in mixed doubles curling next month at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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A day after winning the gruelling six-day trials, which saw them bounce back after losing three of their first five games, Morris said Monday he and Lawes are working well as a team.

"We had to really learn quickly how to play great together, and luckily it was a long week," Morris said.

"We had a few losses early that we really communicated after and learned from as much as we could, and then really started to thrive and became more of a unit as the week went on."

Jones, Nichols open mixed doubles Olympic curling trials with convincing win

  Jones, Nichols open mixed doubles Olympic curling trials with convincing win Jennifer Jones and Mark Nichols opened their Canadian mixed doubles curling trials with a convincing 9-3 win over Shannon Birchard and Jason Gunnlaugson. The winners of the mixed doubles event in Portage La Prairie, Man., will represent Canada at the Olympics in February. Jones, from Winnipeg, and Nichols, from St. John's, N.L., added two in the fifth and seventh ends to seal the victory.

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Morris, 39, normally teams with Rachel Homan for mixed doubles, and had to find a new partner when Homan's foursome won the team Olympic trials last month in Ottawa.

Enter Lawes, born on the same day 10 years later than Morris, also in Winnipeg.

The two had curled together before at a Continental Cup, and Morris had no hesitation about asking Lawes to join him again.

"She's a great competitor and we both love that competitiveness and that desire to win," he said.

This will be the second trip to the Olympics for both. Lawes won Olympic gold in 2014 as the third for Jennifer Jones. Morris, a resident of Canmore, Alta., stood on the podium in 2010 as the third for Kevin Martin's gold-medal foursome.

Lawes said the return trip to the Olympics will be just as challenging as the first.

U.S. figure skating execs warn against American boycott of Olympics

  U.S. figure skating execs warn against American boycott of Olympics Two executives for U.S. Figure Skating warned against any potential American boycott of the Olympics in Pyeongchang. USFS President Sam Auxier, asked Wednesday about Sen. Lindsey Graham's comments that North Korea competing in next month's games should prompt a U.S. team boycott, said Graham and others "need to be careful" about the American team not participating. Auxier added, "They shouldn't be playing politics with this.

The mixed doubles curling tournament of the 2018 Winter Olympics was held at the Gangneung Curling Centre from 8 to 13 February 2018. Eight nations competed in a round robin preliminary round, and the top four nations at the conclusion of the round robin qualified for the medal round.

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"It's never easier, but it's always a thrill and a rush to wear that Maple Leaf on your back. You never know if you're ever going to have another opportunity to have that experience."

The Canadian Olympic Committee also confirmed the alternates for the foursomes — three-time world champion Scott Pfeifer for the men's and Cheryl Bernard, who skipped Canada to Olympic silver in 2010, for the women's.

Also Monday, the COC unveiled plans for Canada Olympic House, which will serve as a gathering place for athletes, fans and supporters at the Games.

The house will be located on the east coast of South Korea near Gangneung Olympic Park. A ceremonial opening is set for Feb. 7 and the house will officially open to fans on Feb. 10.

The COC still has yet to provide a firm number for its medal aspirations at the Winter Games. Chef de mission Isabelle Charest said Monday that Canada hopes to contend for the top spot.

"We've been performing so well on the international circuit," Charest said. "We know that we can compete against all the countries and we're aiming to be first. We're going for podiums."

— With files from Gregory Strong in Toronto

Russians to get ‘neutral’ grey, red uniforms for Olympics .
The Olympic Athletes from Russia will be wearing grey and red in Pyeongchang. Under an International Olympic Committee ruling last month that formally banned the Russia team, as many as 200 Russians could end up competing under the Olympic flag next month. Russian sportswear company Zasport published on Thursday sketches of what it says are IOC-approved designs for the competitors, who will be officially known as Olympic Athletes from Russia. There are winter coats, tracksuits, and hooded sweaters in grey, as well as an outfit in red with white stripes.


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