Hamiltons Eradicated From Curling Competition With Loss

Marsha Scott
February 11, 2018

Matt and Becca Hamilton made their Olympic debut in the games' first match of mixed doubles curling.

They are Canada's first competitors at these games, which officially open Friday.

The pair picked up a hard-fought 6-4 victory over Matt and Becca Hamilton of the United States in the evening draw after dropping their opener 9-6 to Norway's Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten in the morning.

On Tuesday, a Twitter user named Jon took to Twitter to joke: "Just watching the Olympics during my night class and we have Mario on our curling team!"

Eight teams are taking part in mixed curling at the Olympics, with the top-4 qualifying for the medal round. Bryzgalova and Krushelnitckii wore mostly white with black Thursday. Other than their names, their jerseys bore only one tag: Olympic Athlete From Russia - a requirement of anti-doping penalties against their country.

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.

After falling 7-1 through four ends, a visibly frustrated Matt Hamilton ditched his hat in a last ditch effort to do anything to change his team's misfortunes. He'll have some competition from countryman Samuel Girard, who was the silver medallist at the 2017 world championships.

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

"We like playing under pressure but today Korea just outshot us", Becca Hamilton said.

Trying to add to their edge in the second end, the Hamiltons grouped four stones on the red circle to the Russians' two. The Mixed doubles matches are now over, but both Hamiltons will compete in the single-sex tournaments.

As they attempted to sweep stones along the outer ring, Hamilton fell to the ice and Krushelnitskiy quickly gestured an apology.

Ba seemed to suggest with a gesture that there had been a tiny touch on the Swiss stone, though he could then be heard saying "I don't think I touched it".

The first meaningful competition in the 2018 Olympics brought an appearance by the Olympic mascot Soohorang. The Pyeongchang Olympics formally opens on Friday and runs through February 25.

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