Canadian mixed doubles curlers John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes are at the top of the round-robin standings at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
"We're just being patient".
Lawes play was so good that it had one commentator calling it "one of the finer games of mixed doubles curling I've ever seen". The teams traded points over the next two ends, and South Korea headed into the final frame trailing 6-2. "They're (Finns) sneaky good; they don't make every shot, but they make some interesting ones and they make the ones that count".
The Americans never trailed after that first end and the game was called after seven ends when they had amassed an insurmountable lead.
"We know we're going to play in the semifinal on Monday, but we don't want to take our foot off the gas for [Saturday's]'s game and take anyone lightly", he wrote. Finland was the only winless team (0-4) and had the daunting task of challenging Norway to get off the schneid. Morris and Lawes added another deuce in the sixth end before shaking hands.
"I think the key for that one was patience", said Morris".
Should they lose the semifinal, they would still get a chance to pick up some hardware in the bronze medal game, also scheduled for Tuesday.
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The Hamilton siblings rallied to a 10-3 win against Norway in mixed doubles curling Saturday evening, but earlier defeats mean the US won't have a shot at reaching the semifinals.
After stealing two points in the first end, the Americans were unable to keep the momentum for long.
Each team is comprised of one male and one female, and there are six stones in play instead of the usual eight.
They're not only winning, they're blowing teams out, forcing their opponents to concede early in their last four games in a row - three times after just six ends.
Ottawa's Morris won Olympic gold in 2010 playing third for Kevin Martin, while Winnipeg's Lawes topped the podium in 2014 as vice for Jennifer Jones.
After getting an early start Thursday, curling's mixed doubles round robin continued at the 2018 Winter Olympics on Friday.