Other than in one game, the very first one Canada played in the inaugural mixed doubles curling competition in the Winter Olympics, no one could hold a candle to Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris. It just feels so great, " Morris added after securing Canada's third gold medal of the Games and eighth overall".
Winnipeg's Kaitlyn Lawes is a two-time Olympic gold medallist.
The 29-year-old Lawes, from Winnipeg, won gold at the 2014 Sochi Games in Russian Federation as vice for Jennifer Jones.
"It sounds surreal and I don't know if that's ever going to sink in", said Lawes, a 29-year-old from Winnipeg. "I don't think even the first one has sunk in and I don't think it ever will".
Lawes is now the only Canadian curler to win back-to-back gold, as she won in 2014 with the Jennifer Jones rink.
Morris earned his second gold, as well, his first coming in the men's event back in 2010 in Vancouver. The two join Kevin Martin as the only three Canadians with two Olympic curling medals. Lawes was brought in as a replacement player after Morris's original partner, Rachel Homan, had to bow out as she was already qualified for the Olympics in women's curling. "Same thing here. We lost our first game and it felt similar to those trials where we didn't feel we were playing that poorly, we just had to find a way to improve a couple of percentage points each game".
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It was not a great day for Canada's cross-country ski team Tuesday.
Emily NIshikawa was the best of the Canadian skiers, clocking the 34 fastest qualifying time of 3:26.75, more than two seconds slower than the final qualifier for the knockout rounds.
Cross-country skiing continues Thursday with the women's 10-kilometre freestyle race. The winning moment was truly magical - Morris lifted Lawes in the air and they were both congratulated by family and friends.
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"We just really wanted to come in and go with our instinct here", said Morris, a 39-year-old firefighter from Canmore. "But we did, we learned quickly and adapted and before you know it we were really starting to play well together". A delicate raise by Lawes with Canada's last stone of the end scored quadruple points.
After Canada and Switzerland traded deuces with the hammer in ends one and two to make it 2-2, the Canadians smashed the game open by taking advantage of a Rios miss on an open big weight hit. Morris made a phenomenal double takeout in the first end that helped Canada get a deuce. Trailing 6-5 and down to last rock with a spot in the final on the line, Aleksandr Krushelnitckiy looked on in dismay as his shot coasted through the house allowing the Swiss to steal a point and seal a dramatic 7-5 win. Lawes then ran into the stands to hug family and friends. "There's a good chance I will probably being playing some more mixed doubles in my future, but I am not sure how much team curling I have got left in the tank". "It's something that everyone that loves curling back in Canada should try".
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