Canada into first-ever Olympic mixed doubles final

  • Canada move onto the gold medal game Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris guaranteed themselves a first-ever Olympic mixed doubles medal when they 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.

The tide turned Canada's way after this. Skaslien wrecked on a guard in the sixth end to give Canada a two-point steal and a 5-2 lead. Then, with the score at 5-4 to Canada, Lawes had an open 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 and will be followed by the gold medal final at 20:05 KST

For flash quotes from the semi-final day of the mixed doubles competition visit http://www.wcf.co/2o0siMT

Mixed doubles semi-final result: Canada 8-4 Norway.

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