Nds right mix for medals

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“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.

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