Gold in curling to go with luge and shorttrack bronze
John Morris, Kaitlyn Lawes and Alex Gough made Canadian Winter Games history Tuesday.
Morris and Lawes downed defending world champions Jenny Perret and Martin Rios of Switzerland 10-3 in six ends to capture the first-ever mixed curling gold medal. Gough secured Canada’s first Olympic medal in luge, finishing third in the women’s singles final.
Short-track speedskater Kim Boutin claimed Canada’s other medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, a bronze in the women’s 500-metre race. Boutin actually finished fourth but was bumped up to third after South Korea’s Minjeong Choi was disqualified.
Boutin was the target of nasty messages and even death threats on social media after the controversial decision.
Radio-canada reported that thousands of angry messages were directed at Boutin.
Morris, of Ottawa, and Lawes, of Winnipeg, both claimed their second Olympic gold medals. Morris was vice for Kevin Martin when they took the men’s team title in 2010 while Lawes was third for the Jennifer Jones team that won women’s team gold in 2014.
She can sweep better than a lot of men out there. She packs a big punch and makes a lot of clutch shots. John Morris on teammate Kaitlyn Lawes