Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Olympics-Curling-Canadian mixed doubles pair suffer first Olympic loss

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Melinda Barton | 09 February, 2018, 01:49

There are eight ends per game, and each team throws five stones per end - unlike regular curling, in which teams throw eight stones and play 10 ends.

Team USA's Matt and Becca Hamilton scored in the opening end to take an early lead but Canada answered with a point of its own in the next frame to make the score 1-1.

They realize they face a tough path to earn a spot on the podium but contend the "volatile" nature of mixed doubles - a faster game than the traditional four-player, single-sex version - means it is an open field. But don't let their demeanors fool you, even Matt knows who's really in charge. "When she really disagrees, she gets the ultimate veto power".

When it comes their dynamic on the ice, Matt proudly bears the role of team jokester while Becca remains the quieter of the two. He initially wasn't interested, but after trying it at his friend's recommendation, he was captivated by the depth of the sport - often described as chess on ice.

Three years after Becca began her curling career, she beat Matt when they played one-on-one.

Natives of McFarland, Wisconsin, Matt was the first to pick up curling in an effort to pass time and escape the bitter winter.

"So 90 percent of the time I feel like I am the alpha, but I think deep down she knows she's". "We're each other's coaches now", Matt said. It is round-robin tournament played by teams of two - one man and one woman. Becca was a member of the women's team that finished fifth at the 2017 worlds.

The American team is one of eight that qualified in mixed curling.

The United States got off to a red-hot start in the first end against the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, taking an early 3-0 lead in the first mixed doubles match ever. Going into the match, they were questioned whose bond they thought was stronger: husband and wife or brother and sister.

"I can't divorce my sister", he told Reuters.