One of the most fascinating new sports of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang was mixed doubles curling. On Feb. 13, history was made as Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris of Canada became the very first Olympic mixed doubles curling champions. Canada was dominant in the gold medal game and beat Switzerland. the reigning world mixed doubles curling champions, by a commanding score of 10-3.
Mixed doubles curling seemed to very popular in South Korea with excellent crowds. Team Canada lost their first game of the tournament by a score of 9-6 to Norway, but bounced back with eight straight wins, many of them in convincing fashion. The Canadian gold medal game victory over Switzerland in mixed doubles curling was successfully predicted by AXS Sports.
The United States had a record of two wins and five losses. However, they did beat the two teams in the bronze medal game quite handily in the round robin. They defeated Norway 10-3 and the Olympic bronze medalists from the Olympic Athletes from Russia 9-3. Now Rebecca and Matt Hamilton will play in women's and men's curling which starts this week.
The men's curling tournament at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang will be considered one of the most memorable moments in the history of sports in the United States. The Americans shocked the world by beating the heavily favored Team Canada 5-3 in the semi-finals and then Sweden 10-7 in the men's gold medal game. The American team comprised of skip John Shuster, third Tyler George, second Matt Hamilton and lead John Landsteiner.
It was the first ever Olympic gold medal for the United States in Olympic curling and has been compared to the 1980 Miracle on Ice hockey tournament. The United States, skipped by Shuster, finished in last place in men's curling at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and ninth at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
At the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, the United States lost four of their first six games. They lost convincingly in the round robin by a score of 10-4 to Sweden and 8-2 to Japan. However, after an 8-5 loss to Norway, the United States upset Canada 9-7 in 11 ends and then upset Switzerland and Great Britain just to make it into the playoffs with a record of 5-4.
The gold medal game between the United States and Sweden got gigantic media attention and was attended by Ivanka Trump, the daughter of Donald Trump, the president of the United States. The gold medal was tied at five points apiece in the eighth end when Shuster's team scored five points. The gold medal game between the United States and Sweden should be nominated for an ESPY as one of the greatest American sports moments in 2018. AXS Sports successfully predicted a silver medal for Sweden and a bronze medal for Switzerland.
In women's curling. for the first time ever South Korea earned an Olympic medal as they won silver. The Koreans, skipped by Kim Eun-jong went through the round robin with an excellent record of eight wins and one loss. Kim's only loss came in a 7-5 loss to the eventual bronze medalists from Japan. However, South Korea got their revenge against Japan in an 8-7 extra end win in the semi-finals. However, in the gold medal game, South Korea made numerous mistakes and Sweden, skipped by Anna Hasselborg, won Sweden's third Olympic gold medal in women's curling by beating South Korea 8-3 in the gold medal game. The United States finished in a four-way tie for fifth place with a record of four wins and five losses. AXS Sports successfully predicted a medal for Sweden.
Here are all the winners in the curling events at the Winter Olympics 2018:
(results will be posted after every event)
Mixed Doubles Curling:
GOLD: Canada (John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes)
SILVER: Switzerland (Jenny Perrett/Martin Rios)
BRONZE: Olympic Athletes from Russia (Anastasia Bryzgalova/Alexander Krushelnitskiy)
GOLD: United States
SILVER: South Korea