" This is for everyone back home [in Canada] that's always been supportive".
This was the first-ever mixed doubles competition in the Winter Olympics, meaning the history books will show that Lawes and Morris were the first-ever champions in this event.
Lawes and Morris defeated the reigning world champions from Switzerland 10-3 at the Gangneung Curling Centre in South Korea to win the top spot. Lawes won with Jennifer Jones at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, while Morris won with Kevin Martin in 2010 in Vancouver.
Short-track speedskater Kim Boutin claimed Canada's other medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, a bronze in the women's 500-metre race. We got off to a great start.
A question about whether the four finalists were aware that mixed curling was reaching non-traditional fans such as Mr. T left Rios bewildered, but Morris jumped all over it, saying the exposure the sport received was fantastic before adding: "We would accept a challenge from Mr. T, not an arm-wrestling challenge, but maybe a mixed doubles curling challenge, if he's around".
Lawes and Morris finished the tournament with an 8-1 record, reeling off eight consecutive victories after dropping a 9-6 decision to Norway in their opening match.
All of which is to say, we should be in for a very even and excellent bronze medal match.
"It's surreal, to be honest", offered Lawes.
Lawes was forced to take a technical timeout before her final shot in the third end as there appeared to be a problem with the handle on her rock.
"It's a really fun sport and the Olympics really helps expose new and unique sports to the rest of the world", Morris said. With Canada already lying four, Rios attempted a raise triple but completely flashed with his last rock.
Veteran racer Marianne St-Gelais, competing in her final Games, failed to make it out of the quarter-finals after receiving a penalty for impeding. Both teams alternated single-point scores and played the full eight ends, ending in a 4-3 score. But a Morris shot to the four-foot put some heat on the Swiss, another Rios miss pushed the Canadian rock closer, Lawes set up a possible steal of two with her final rock and Perret couldn't clear the house with the hammer.
Switzerland answered in the second as Perret's final shot scored two. Canada got revenge against a Norwegian squad that is the only team to beat Canada in the mixed doubles curling tournament to date. "It's something that everyone that loves curling back in Canada should try".