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Stones await competitors at the Gangneung Curling Center. Competition gets underway Thursday morning in Pyeong Chang

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.

Outside of the US matches, Switzerland topped China and Finland to start round robin play 2-0. Other than their names, their jerseys bore only one tag: Olympic Athlete From Russia - a requirement of anti-doping penalties against their country.

Becca Hamilton threw her final rock, which needed to get to the button - the center of the bull's eye-shaped target - in order to preserve their lead. Magnus Nedregotten and Kristin Skaslien responded at the last moment, snatching victory from the icy clutches of defeat.

The U.S. jumped out early, stealing two points in the first end, but couldn't carry that offense forward, falling 6-4 to China's Rui Wang and Ba Dexin. Download the Team USA app today.

After losing its first game against the United States, the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation have responded with four straight wins.

Matt shot 83 percent in the game, while his sister shot 88 percent. Becca said that after growing up in the sport together, now getting to compete side-by-side shows how much their careers have intertwined. Their win Wednesday came over Alexander Krushelnitskiy and Anastasia Bryzgalova. One stone per team is pre-positioned before the start of play in each end.

The Olympic Athletes from Russia's defense was tremendous in the win.

Canada had no problem getting past Switzerland in a matchup between two teams that entered Friday with identical 3-1 records. Canada scored one point in the fourth, fifth and sixth ends, forcing a Swiss concession of the final two ends.

Morris won Olympic gold in 2010 playing third for Kevin Martin, while Lawes topped the podium in 2014 as vice for Jennifer Jones.

While their bus was on time Friday morning, Canada didn't bring its best game in the early ends.

Russian Federation as a nation isn't competing in South Korea, having been banned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in December in the aftermath of the McLaren Report.

Unfortunately for the team, they'd lose their second match 6-4 to the Canadian team of Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris.

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