Published: Fri, February 09, 2018

USA curler Matt Hamilton draws comparisons to Nintendo's 'Super Mario'

USA curler Matt Hamilton draws comparisons to Nintendo's 'Super Mario'

The Pyeongchang Olympics have begun with a curling competition featuring a showdown between a pair of USA siblings and a Russian husband-and-wife team competing in neutral uniforms with no national insignia. "Everyone's putting pressure on each other and we'll wait and see if an opportunity comes up and hopefully we can capitalize". So if just one was closest, they'd get one point, but if two were closest, they'd get two, which is why there was controversy here.

Morris shouldered the blame for the loss to Norway after some uncharacteristic errors at critical times. After posting the second-best record of the round robin at 5-2, they went on to beat John Shuster and Cory Christensen twice in two days to book their ticket for South Korea.

While many had fun on Twitter, the Hamiltons started the doubles curling tournament with a 9-3 win over Russian couple Anastasia Bryzgalova and Aleksandr Krushelnitckii. Matt, 28, and Becca, 27, decided they wanted to compete together.

"There were probably three key shots in the later ends that I didn't execute. that was the turning point of that game", said Morris.

The Hamiltons started playing together about three years ago, when it was announced mixed doubles would be coming to the Olympics. Time will tell if there are additional options for game-specific broadcasts.

The Canadians are competing at their second Winter Olympics, with the 29-year-old Lawes having won a gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Games as vice for Jennifer Jones.

Morris and Lawes are set to meet China (1-1) and Finland (0-2) on Friday.

Olympic curling action is heating up and Friday will give casual fans a look into some important action between the eight countries represented by mixed doubles teams.

Each team consists of only two players - one man, one woman instead of the usual teams of four players of the same gender. Games are eight ends instead of 10.

Ba Dexin removed the central stone to allow a judgement but immediately after doing so, both teams froze as it appeared he had accidentally nudged the Swiss stone further away from the centre.

The scoring is the same as in regular curling.

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