Kaitlyn Lawes’ home curling club erupts in cheers as she wins Olympic gold with John Morris – Manitoba
The mural at the St. Vital Curling Club is going to need an update.
Kaitlyn Lawes’ home curling club in Winnipeg broke out in loud cheers Tuesday morning after she and John Morris quickly secured a gold medal.
The pair took home mixed doubles curling gold in Pyeongchang with a 10-3 win in only six ends against the Swiss, including a stunning four-pointer in the third end.
A 4-point end for Canada after @LKLawes throws a perfect hammer
Canada up 6-2 after 3 ends in the mixed doubles final
“Kaitlyn just made an awesome shot and we’re so pumped here. It’s so wonderful,” said Pamela Kok, president of the St. Vital Curling Club, where Lawes’ face is already on the side of the building as a member of the Olympic gold medal-winning Jennifer Jones rink.
“Oh my God, it was stressful. I couldn’t breathe,” Kok said with a laugh.
The win makes Lawes the only athlete to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in curling; Morris also has a previous gold medal, but it was earned in 2010.
Lawes and Morris were also the first to win gold in the newly created version of the sport, which is noted for its quick pace and needed athleticism.
Lawes was the third on Jones’ four-woman team that won gold in 2014 at the Sochi Olympics. St. Vital Curling Club is also Jones’ home rink and Lawes head rests on Jones’ shoulder in a huge mural on the outside of the club.
“Kaitlyn has one gold medal around her neck. Maybe we need to put two gold medals around her neck,” Kok said. “Or maybe she needs her own mural on the side of our building.”
Lawes’ mother, Cheryl, and her husband, Kevin, were in South Korea to watch her win. However, about 60 family members, friends and fans gathered at the St. Vital Curling Club at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning to take in the gold medal match.
Crystal Hurd, Lawes’ sister-in-law, was there with her two young children.
“Going into the [third end], they started getting a bit of a lead and I sent Kevin a message that just said ‘chills,'” Hurd said.
“I could just feel the momentum was there. You could just tell what was going to happen.”
Lawes told CBC Sports after the game that having her family in South Korea and at home supporting her was special.
“It’s been an incredible ride. To at one point feel like you’re not going to the Olympics after losing out at the [women’s] team trials [with Jones] to being here in this moment … to be here for the second time and to know that we’re coming home with a medal for Canada is so special.
“Unbelievable. Dream come true.”
Gold and red
Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman said the Winnipeg sign at The Forks will be lit in gold and red for the next two days to celebrate.
“Now that’s how to WINN Kaitlyn!” he tweeted.
Canada wins gold in mixed doubles curling! And @LKLawes makes history by becoming the 1st Canadian female curler to win 2 Olympic gold medals. Now that’s how to WINN Kaitlyn! The #WINNipegSign will be lit gold/red for the next 2 days. Congratulations Kaitlyn & @johnnymocurler! pic.twitter.com/LRFrtbayth
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and St. Vital Coun. Brian Mayes also tweeted their congratulations. Mayes was at the St. Vital Curling Club viewing party.
Kok took two different pairs of shoes with her to the curling club — one silver and one gold. She wore one of each until she knew the team was going to win the gold medal.
“I didn’t want to jinx it.”
Both Kok and Hurd said they are looking forward to Lawes’ homecoming and celebrating afterward.
“I’d love to meet her at the airport and just give her a really big hug and tell her that we’re proud of her,” said Hurd.
“Two. It’s amazing. I’m so happy for her.”