Canada wins first game at 2024 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship

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Team Canada has won its first game of the 2024 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Ostersund, Sweden. On Saturday, the Canadian team of Colton and Kadriana Lott of Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba defeated New Zealand 7-2. The New Zealand team was comprised of Courtney Smith and Anton Hood.

It was a strong start for the Lotts as they scored two points in the first end with the hammer, and stole two points in the second end to take a 4-0 lead. After New Zealand scored a point with the hammer in the third end, Canada took a dominant 6-1 lead after four ends. The match was over after six ends as the Lotts stole a point in the fifth end, before New Zealand scored a single point with the hammer in the sixth end.

Canada is in a first place in Group B. That are tied with Scotland, China, Sweden, and Australia. In a tightly contested matchup, Sweden beat the United States 6-5.

In Group A action, one surprise is the fact that Norway is 0-2. The Norwegian team are two-time Olympic medalists (bronze in 2018 and silver in 2022), but lost 6-5 to Japan and 7-6 to Denmark on Saturday. Canada meanwhile will face the Czech Republic and the Netherlands on Sunday.

 

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