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10 Febrero 2018, 04:37 | Gerardo Tarin
Brother And Sister Curling Team Hope To Sweep Their Way To Olympic Gold
Much of the US television coverage will be shown in a tape-delay on NBC, but fans watching the live stream online quickly fell in love with the USA sibling team of Matt Hamilton and Becca Hamilton. Why?
The curling world rejoiced as their years of lobbying the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to include "the roaring game" as an Olympic medal sport for the very first time-or so they believed-paid off.
Switzerland's Jenny Perret and Martin Rios on Friday set a new Olympic record for curling at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, scoring six points in the eighth and final end of their mixed doubles match against American siblings Matt and Becca Hamilton.
John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes of Canada deliver a stone during the Curling Mixed Doubles.
In power-play ends, the two pre-placed stones are at the side of the house instead of in the middle.
The Hamiltons, of McFarland, Wisconsin, will be going for the gold as the US mixed doubles Olympic curling team.
At a press conference on Tuesday, the pair stressed that their strength lies in teamwork.
"Obviously wanted to start off with a win, but it's a long week thankfully", said Lawes. "We'll come back stronger", Lawes said.
"Just a name change", Becca said. "But that doesn't add any motivation", Matt said.
Asked which of the two takes the initiative during playing, both raised their hands.
"I probably could", his sister shot back. He encouraged Becca to play, teaching her the basics and practicing together.
Canada plays Russia Saturday night at the Gangneung Curling Centre. "At first I was really nervous and felt burdened", Lee said after the first match. Since then, Becca has beaten Matt for countless times.
Dean, whose team won the U.S. Men's Curling Championship in 2012, has made it part of his mission in life to spread the gospel of curling, a game he says requires as much thinking as it does physical exertion. Download the Team USA app today. They were scheduled to face the Norwegian team later in the day.
OAR improves to 4-1 overall, tied for best among all eight teams. "I know if we just come out a hair sharper we'll be fine".
In a morning match-up, the Hamiltons scored a 9-3 victory over married couple Anastasia Bryzgalova and Aleksandr Krushelnitckii, the 2016 world champions representing the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation team.
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