GANGNEUNG — In the end, it wasn’t even close.
It was never close.
Other than one game, the very first one Canada played in the inaugural mixed doubles curling competition in the Olympics, no one could hold a candle to Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris. The pair put an emphatic claim on the gold medal Tuesday night with a 10-3 win over the Jenny Perret and Martin Rios of Switzerland.
Canada outscored its opponents 70-33 in their nine games, lost just once to Norway on Day 1, and once again showed the country’s utter dominance in the sport of curling.
Canada’s Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris celebrate their gold medal in mixed doubles curling at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Feb. 13.
It was Canada’s third gold medal of the Olympics and eighth overall. (Minutes later, short track speed skater Kim Boutin upped that total to nine with a bronze medal in the women’s 500 metres.)
Lawes and Morris won Olympic gold in just their 22nd game as a team. They were formed in January for the Canadian Olympic curling trials. 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.
Canada had the hammer in the first end, based on their 6-1 round-robin record, and scored two in the first end. Morris made two outstanding draws and the Swiss couldn’t find any way to remove them, so Lawes just threw her last rock away and Canada was happy to come away with a 2-0 lead.
The overmatched Swiss, who were the 2017 world champions. got two back in the second end, but the third was a disaster for Perret and Rios. With Canada already lying four, Rios attempted a raise triple but completely flashed on his last rock. Morris then drew another rock into the four-foot to lie five.
Perret made the raise double with her last rock, but that left Lawes a chance to make a raise takeout and stick to score four. She nailed it.
Canada’s John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes curl in the mixed doubles gold medal game at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Feb. 13.
Then in the fourth, Morris continued to throw bullets and Lawes finished things off with a nice tap-back to force the Swiss, who used their power play, to just one point.
Canada took back the hammer in the fifth end and kept up the pressure, eventually scoring a deuce to make it 8-3.
Canada stole two more points in the sixth, the Swiss players shook hands and the celebration was on.
Lawes and Morris hugged and celebrated as Canadian fans in the stands roared their approval. Lawes then went into the stands to celebrate with her partner, Stephane Vigier, before returning for the podium ceremony.
Canada has now won the last three gold medals handed out in curling.
Lawes is the first Canadian curler to win medals in back-to-back Olympics and both players join Kevin Martin as the only Canadians to win two Olympic curling medals.