Canada and the Olympic Athlete from Russia team become first qualifiers for the Olympic mixed doubles semi-finals

  • Canada qualify for the semi-finals Photo © WCF / Michael Burns

With their fifth successive win, by 8-2 in six ends over the Olympic Athlete from Russia team, Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris qualified for Monday's Olympic mixed doubles semi-finals at the Gangnueng Curling Centre.

Despite their loss, the playing record of the Olympic Athlete from Russia team, compared with other potential qualifying teams, means that they too have qualified for the semi-finals.

These two teams have reached the semi-finals with one round-robin session to go and, after their 6-4 win in this session over Korea, Switzerland can still join them there, as can China, following their 10-5 victory over Finland.

Despite losing by 3-10 to the United States in this session, Norway also still have qualification hopes.

Canada lost their opening round-robin game to Norway but since then have produced a five-game winning streak. They opened with a score of three points in the first end against the Olympic Athlete from Russia team, and sealed their win with scores of two points in the fourth and sixth ends. With the game score at 8-2 to Canada after six ends, their opponents conceded.

Switzerland faced Korea in this session and opened with a score of two points in the first end. They followed that up with a single point steal in the second end and stayed ahead throughout the game to win by 6-4.

A victory for Norway over United States would have guaranteed them early qualification, but they gave up a steal of four points in the fourth end when Kristin Skaslien came up short of the hogline with the final stone of the end. The Americans then had a single point steal in the fifth end and a further steal of three points in the sixth end for a 10-3 lead, after which, Norway conceded the game.

Although Finland knew they could not qualify for the semi-finals when they came onto the ice, their opponents China were still fighting to keep their Olympic campaign alive, and the Chinese opened with a score of three points in the first end. Finland responded after this and the teams were level on 4-4 at the fourth-end break.

China opened the second half strongly, scoring four points in the fifth end and two more points in the seventh end to complete a 10-5 win.

China now face Norway in Sunday morning's final round-robin game with the possibility, depending on other results, of going into a tie-breaker.

Switzerland complete their round-robin programme against the Olympic Athlete from Russia team in Sunday morning's round-robin game with a win giving them a semi-final slot, while a loss may put them into a tie-breaker.

United States against Finland completes the last round-robin line-up. Finland will finish eighth on the table regardless of the result, while United States can finish either sixth or seventh, depending on their own and Korea's results.

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Mixed doubles session six results: Olympic Athlete from Russia 2-8 Canada; Switzerland 6-4 Korea; Norway 3-10 United States; Finland 5-10 China.

Standings after mixed doubles session six (win-loss):

Canada 5-1 Q
Norway 4-2
Olympic Athlete from Russia 4-2 Q
Switzerland 4-2
China 3-3
Korea 2-4
United States 2-4
Finland 0-6

Q = Qualified for semi-finals

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