Nds right mix for medals
“It feels fantastic,” said Morris. “It’s an amazing feeling winning the gold medal.”
Canada broke open a tie game with four in the third end for a 6-2 advantage before going ahead 8-3 after five ends. Switzerland looked to get back into the game in the sixth with a potential multiple-point end, but the Canadians ended up with a steal of two.
Morris, 39, and Lawes, 29, curled together very little prior to winning January’s trials. They topped the preliminary round with a 6-1 record and beat Norway 8-4 in the semifinal.
After a disappointing fourth in Sochi four years ago, Gough had to endure some anxious moments before securing her historic medal. Gough stood third when German Tatjana Huefner, who had been in second, began her final run.
But a mistake by the German pushed the Canadian on to the podium.
Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger captured her second consecutive gold in three minutes 5.232, seconds while compatriot Dajana Eitberger was second in 3:05.599. Gough followed in 3:05.644.
Luck broke Boutin’s way after she only made it out of the semifinals of the 500 when a foul was called on Chunyu Qu of China.
In a wild final, Boutin was running fifth when Elise Christie of Britain crashed. Boutin crossed the line fourth, but South Korean favourite Minjeong Choi was disqualified, moving the Sherbrooke, Que., skater onto the podium at her first Olympics.