Canada's Morris and Lawes advance to mixed doubles curling semifinals

Posted February 11, 2018

South Korea's mixed doubles curling team thrashed the US side on Friday afternoon to give themselves hope of qualifying for the finals of the event at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

The top four teams in the standings at the end of the round-robin games advance to the semifinals on Monday.

Switzerland and Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation finished second and third respectively and will meet in the other semifinal.

Becca Hamilton threw her final rock, which needed to get to the button - the center of the bull's eye-shaped target - in order to preserve their lead. Other nations entered in this inaugural Olympic competition are Canada, South Korea, China, Norway, Finland and Switzerland. Magnus Nedregotten and Kristin Skaslien responded at the last moment, snatching victory from the icy clutches of defeat.

The U.S. team fell 6-4 to Wang Rui and Ba Dexin of China on Saturday in Gangneung, South Korea, for their fourth straight loss in the tournament. Download the Team USA app today.

After the US was able to tie things up with its one point in the seventh end, China was able to go back on top with two points in the final end to avoid sudden-death overtime. China slowly chipped away at that deficit, adding single points in each of the next three ends to secure its first lead of the game. The brother and sister team started to go viral after one user on Twitter pointed out Hamilton's resemblance to Mario from the "Super Mario" video game.

Matt, 28, and Becca, 27, will also compete separately for the USA women's and men's teams. One stone per team is pre-positioned before the start of play in each end. It kicked off what will be the biggest Winter Olympic Games to date with more than 2,900 athletes from 92 countries competing.

Canada is guaranteed the No. 1 seed in the semifinals.

"There were probably three key shots in the later ends that I didn't execute that was the turning point of that game".

The Canadians jumped out to a 4-0 lead against the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation team before adding a deuce in the fourth end to take a 6-1 lead.

Morris won his in Vancouver in 2010, and Lawes got hers in Sochi in 2014.

Unfortunately for the team, they'd lose their second match 6-4 to the Canadian team of Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris.