PYEONGCHANG 2018

Gold in curl­ing to go with luge and short­track bronze

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - Sports -

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

WANG ZHAO AFP

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