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Stones starting traveling in Beijing in 20 era, nevertheless took until today for Canada to mention the final admission. John Morris and Rachel Homan will defend the combined increases silver medal that Morris obtained in 2018 with previous teammate Kaitlyn Lawes.
Homan and Morris comprise among the 16 teams that were likely to participate for Canada’s place into the Olympic tournament at the nationwide combined doubles tests in Manitoba prior to the occasion was actually cancelled last period. A Curling Canada-led committee invested the previous few days determining which duo to send to China, weighing facets including present mixed-doubles overall performance with international profits in old-fashioned straightening. Another fancy pairing when you look at the working got reigning Scotties champ Kerri Einarson and 2014 Olympic men’s room silver medallist Brad Jacobs. There was also considerable lobbying from people exactly who devote on their own to combined increases and genuinely believe that should count.
But, all things considered, ability acquired away. When the purpose should send the group using the highest roof, then the selection committee established regarding the biggest choose. Morris, 43, is actually an established Olympic musician who claimed a men’s silver medal since next for Kevin before taking the mixed increases title with Lawes in 2018. The 32-year-old Homan is one of the most profitable curlers ever before, with three Scotties brands and a world title inside her trophy instance. And theirs is no shotgun partnership. Homan and Morris need starred combined increases along since 2015. Morris looked to Lawes four years ago after Homan acquired the Canadian ladies tests, which made their ineligible for Olympic combined increases as a result of the styling Canada rules prohibiting any person from fighting much more than one curling occasion at the same Games.
In terms of Lawes, she actually is maneuvering to Beijing as well as an associate of this Jennifer Jones-skipped rink that won the Canadian ladies tests in won the men’s. In Gushue and Jones, Canada will have an old Olympic gold medallist at miss in from the standard straightening competitions in Beijing.
Since we finally know folks who is playing for Canada, why don’t we need a simple consider the three Olympic styling tournaments and just what Canadian teams is experiencing:
First, let’s enjoyed the user friendliness of this Olympic curling competitions. All three activities start with a 10-team rounded robin, additionally the leading four advance to the semifinals. The semifinal winners wager gold. The semifinal losers play for bronze. No web page playoffs, no strange triple-knockout brackets to understand. Effortless.
In 2018, whenever mixed doubles produced their Olympic introduction with an eight-team occasion, Morris and Lawes had been a wrecking golf ball. After dropping their unique opener to Norway, they reeled off eight direct victories to need silver, such as a 10-3 demolition of Switzerland in last.
The silver-medal Swiss duo of Jenny Perret and Martin Rios become right back for Beijing. Thus is the Norwegian pairing of Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten, who have been granted bronze following the guy regarding Russian team that beat them were not successful a doping test. Besides Homan, the only additional big-name avoid active in the blended increases event is excellent Britain’s Bruce Mouat, a two-time European men’s champ which took sterling silver at men’s planets just last year.
A large storyline in Beijing are Homan’s make an effort to redeem by herself from a disastrous showing when you look at the ladies celebration in 2018. The lady employees gone 4-5 and became 1st Canadian rink to miss the playoffs in the Olympics.
The mixed increases occasion will get underway Feb. 2 at 7:05 a.m. ET, and Homan and Morris play their basic video game that evening at 8:05 p.m. ET vs. the uk. The semifinals are on the morning of age is the next day at 7:05 a.m. ET.
Canada in addition flopped within celebration in 2018, with Kevin Koe’s personnel losing into the semifinals to eventual winner John Shuster for the U.S. right after which obtaining distressed by Switzerland in bronze-medal games. Before these video games, no Canadian curling group got actually didn’t winnings a medal. In Pyeongchang, both traditional teams did.
For Gushue, many has evolved since he claimed their Olympic silver medal in Italy 16 in years past. In the past, he was a skilled yet still rather natural child whom put fourth stones but leaned from the popular Russ Howard to call games from the next situation (during the formal Olympic data, Howard is actually noted while the avoid). Now Gushue is all grown-up – a 41-year-old dad of two who is totally in command of his craft. He grabbed three Brier brands from 2017-20 and some sort of championship in ’17. Gushue got care of company because the favourite at the Canadian studies in e en route to defeating Jacobs in last.
Your competitors in Beijing is going to be difficult. It offers Shuster, Mouat and five-time globe champ Nik Edin of Sweden, that is searching for 1st Olympic gold after taking bronze in 2014 and silver in ’18. The tournament starts Feb. 8 at 7:05 a.m. ET, whenever Canada faces Denmark. The semis include day of e try Feb. 18 at 1:05 a.m. ET.
Jennifer Jones is curling royalty – the champion of a record-tying six Scotties, a two-time world winner and an Olympic gold medallist in 2014. But their triumph in the Canadian studies ended up being a bit of a shock. At 47, Jones had been regarded as being past her finest, and the majority of perceiver ranked this lady behind Homan, Einarson plus the red-hot Tracy Fleury. Affirmed, Jones missing to all of these inside the round robin. Nevertheless when the chips happened to be down she came through, trouncing Krista McCarville inside semis before taking the final from an undefeated Fleury in an extra end.
In Beijing, Jones is going to be up against all three medallists from 2018: defending champ Anna Hasselborg of Sweden, South Korea’s Kim Eun-jung (silver) and Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa (bronze). Additionally, there is the champion associated with latest two world championships – Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni – and 2013 world champ Eve Muirhead of Great Britain, exactly who grabbed Olympic bronze in 2014.