Canada's Lawes, Morris win mixed doubles curling gold

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This is for everybody back home, who have always been supportive and it just feels so great.

This was the first-ever mixed doubles competition in the Winter Olympics, meaning the history books will show that Lawes and Morris were the first-ever champions in this event. The pair put an emphatic claim on the gold medal Tuesday night with a 10-3 win over Jenny Perret and Martin Rios of Switzerland.

Canada had an opening round-robin loss to Norway, but reeled off eight consecutive games for gold, proving they were the class of the event. We [Canada] are having such a great Games, and to give us a boost like this with another gold, it just feels awesome to be a part of that team. But it didn't last long: in the third, Martin Rios of Switzerland missed a big shot.

WANG ZHAO via Getty Images Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris celebrate on the podium during the curling mixed doubles venue ceremony.

Morris was born in Winnipeg, raised in Ottawa and lives and trains in the Calgary area. They are also a combined 29-1 in Olympic play.

Canada led their semi-final from the start scoring two points in the first end before the Norwegians hit back with one point in each of the second and third. A resilient tandem, they made mistakes in South Korea and learned from them, outscoring their opponents 64-24.

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"It sounds surreal and I don't know if that's ever going to sink in", said Lawes, a 29-year-old from Winnipeg. No matter what was going to happen out there, we were just so proud of what we've been able to accomplish.

Valjas clocked the 26 fastest time in qualifying at 3 minutes 17.11 seconds and was faster in the quarter-final round at 3:10.87, grabbing one of the semifinal wildcard spots, but was unable to duplicate that effort in the semifinal round, finishing at 3:13.91.

"It feels fantastic", said Morris. "Mixed doubles you have to play a full eight ends".

Veteran racer Marianne St-Gelais, competing in her final Games, failed to make it out of the quarter-finals after receiving a penalty for impeding. She packs a big punch and she makes a lot of clutch shots. After five ends, the Canadians were outshooting the Swiss 92 percent to 63 per cent and held an 8-3 lead.

Switzerland looked to get back into the game in the sixth with a potential multiple-point end, but the Canadians ended up with a steal of two. Canada got revenge against a Norwegian squad that is the only team to beat Canada in the mixed doubles curling tournament to date. "If that lets other people try the sport of curling for the first time, I think that's wonderful".