Kaitlyn LAWES

Canada CAN

Curling

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Sochi 2014
  • Year of Birth
    1988
Olympic Results

Biography

Kaitlyn LAWES

The inaugural curling mixed doubles event at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 was won by an ad hoc yet rock solid pairing of two Winnipeg-born Canadian Olympic champions, Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris. After a loss to Norway in the event's opening fixture, the Canadians dominated Switzerland's Jenny Perret and Martin Rios in the final. Lawes and Morris are the first Canadian Olympic doubles curling champions in history.

They were born on the same day, in the same place, but not in the same year. Fate brought the two Winnipeg natives (Manitoba Province) together at the PyeongChang 2018 Games to win the first gold medal in curling mixed doubles, one of the four new events introduced during this edition of the Winter Games.

Half an hour of training 

Canada dominates the sport at international level, but, curiously, has never won the world title in mixed doubles in the ten years it has been contested since 2008. For the first appearance of the event on the Olympic programme, Canada decided to select its team through trials held in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. John Morris, a very experienced player, normally pairs with Rachel Homan, who had just been selected as captain of Canada's women's team for PyeongChang. Left without a partner, John decided to call on an old friend, Kaitlyn Lawes. They were both born on 16 December in Manitoba, John in 1978 and Kaitlyn in 1988. Before defeating the other candidates in the first step of their Olympic journey, the pair had trained together for only half an hour in Winnipeg, their home town. "I had already played with her in the Continental Cup," John recalled. "We've been good friends and she's a heck of a shot-maker."

Kaitlyn Lawes, gold in 2014 dedicated to her father 

Kaitlyn certainly did not lack experience before teaming up with John. It was family tradition that led her to start curling at the age of four. As team captain, she had an exceptional junior career, winning two national titles in 2008 and 2009, and two consecutive World Championship medals, bronze then silver. Her first national title was particularly significant because she won it a few months after the death of her father, which had led her to consider ending her curling career. In the end, she found the strength to continue her journey. From 2011, she joined the team captained by Jennifer Jones as a third, and the results quickly began to stack up at national level. In 2013, the team was selected for the 2014 Sochi Games, where they would go on to put in an exceptional performance. The Canadians got through the round robin phase undefeated and became the first team to be crowned Olympic champions without losing a single match. "I thought about my dad a lot during the tournament," Kaitlyn revealed. "He was my inspiration."

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PyeongChang 2018

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Sochi 2014

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