Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Wisconsin's Matt and Becca Hamilton drop second straight Olympics curling match

Wisconsin's Matt and Becca Hamilton drop second straight Olympics curling match

Traditional men's and women's curling has been at the Olympics since 1998, but mixed doubles - a faster and sometimes seemingly more chaotic incarnation of the sport - is making its debut at the 2018 Winter Games.

Natives of McFarland, Wisconsin, Matt was the first to pick up curling in an effort to pass time and escape the bitter winter. "We had chances to bounce back. we didn't execute our chances but they did", said China's coach Marcel Rocque after the match. Download the Team USA app today.

The official account of the U.S. Olympic team saw his tweet and replied with a picture of Hamilton next to a photo of him with Mario's face photoshopped on the curler's head.

The siblings credit their success with the ability to be "brutally honest" with each other during games.

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"I don't want to throw any specific country out there, but it is a fact that after your team is disqualified everyone goes out and has a good time", Hamilton said. "I've practiced with Matt my whole life so he knows instantly what I'm doing wrong and vice versa".

Kelly, who helped the Boston Bruins win a Stanley Cup in 2011 and most recently played with the Ottawa Senators, will be tasked with leading Canada in its quest for a third straight Olympic men's hockey title.

"We decided that we should try out for it because it is another opportunity in the Olympics", he said, noting the added advantage of competing with his sibling. "We're a lot closer now than we were before curling". She's the calm to my storm.

Switzerland remains the only unbeaten team in the competition.

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The Hamiltons finished ninth at Worlds, but don't let that fool you. "I'm really proud and honoured to be a part of this".

The Hamiltons, a brother and sister combo who hail from McFarland, started off the games last night with a 9-3 win over the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, but have come up short since, also falling to Canada 6-4.

Cat Hendrick is a student in the sports media program at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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