Canada into mixed doubles curling semifinals after win over OAR

Kaitlyn Lawes, leftm and John Morris, right, of Canada in action during a Mixed Doubles Round Robin match against the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR). (LARRY W. SMITH/EPA)

Canada’s mixed doubles curling team is into the Olympic semifinals after defeating the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) 8-2 in Draw 6 Saturday.

Led by Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris, both from Winnipeg, the Canadian team improved to 5-1 and sit on top of the standings with one draw of round robin play remaining.

"We’re just being patient. We are playing good, consistent curling and grinding out some good wins," Morris said. "It helps when Kaitlyn is making some great last shots."

Canada’s final round robin draw will come against the hosts Korea. After Draw 7 Canada will know their opponent for the semifinal.

Earlier Saturday, Lawes and Morris defeated Switzerland 7-2.

The 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang is the first to feature Mixed Doubles alongside the men’s and women’s draws. But Lawes and Morris have both already won Olympic gold. Lawes won her’s in 2014 as the third on the team skipped by Jennifer Jones while Morris won his as the third on the team skipped by Kevin Martin in 2010.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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