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Canada's Morris and Lawes advance to mixed doubles curling semifinals

11 February 2018

Matt and Becca Hamilton might have been the first American athletes to hit the spotlight at these Olympics, but their time as the center of attention didn't last long. "I was forced to go watch him in the championship final down at the curling club and after the final, his coach pulled me out on the ice and I've never looked back since". "If I make any of them we're in a real good position. We will know more in a couple of days", he said. Can I get a #HamFam?!

"If we can turn those full misses into at least half shots then we'll have a little bit more success".

Matt and Becca Hamilton made their Olympic debut in the games' first match of mixed doubles curling. Well, it's a new event in the 2018 Winter Olympics which consists of a team of two players, one male and one female, as opposed to a team of four of one gender.

The U.S. team was able to score only one point with its power-play option engaged in the seventh end, sending the game into the final end tied.

Morris actually plays a lot of skip, but often throws third stones, and was the third for Kevin Martin when they won the Olympic gold in 2010.

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

"When we were teenagers, obviously being so close in age and being angsty kids, we kind of butted heads as youth", Matt said.

"Once it was an Olympic sport we were like 'hey, they (The U.S. Olympic Committee) can help facilitate the prize to get there and we can go as a team, brother-sister combo, '" Matt said in a recent interview.

"It was a really awesome atmosphere", said Morris.

The Hamiltons started playing together about three years ago, when it was announced mixed doubles would be coming to the Olympics. "It was so incredible to see a lot of Korean fans out there".

"It was fantastic to hear the roars from the Korean fans".

The duo had a stellar start to the 2017 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships, going through the round robin stages a ideal 7-0.

Eight teams are taking part in mixed curling at the Pyeongchang Olympics, with the top-4 qualifying for the medal round.

Lawes said the rest is necessary.

They've been good naturedly bickering like this for most of their lives.

He said, "You're going to go out and play".