US curling team beats Russian athletes at Pyeongchang Olympics

US curling team beats Russian athletes at Pyeongchang Olympics

Russian athletes competing under the Olympic flag have made their debut in the 2018 Winter Olympics, losing in a curling match to a US team.

The US squad of Matt and Becca Hamilton defeated the team of Aleksandr Krushelnitcky and Anastasia Bryzgalova 9-3 in a mixed-doubles curling match at the Pyeongchang games in South Korea, RFE/RL reported.

This is the first time the Olympics has featured mixed doubles, a form of play that's been part of the world championships since 2008. 

The match represented the first competition of the Olympics, which will officially get under way on February 9 with the opening ceremonies. The games will run through February 25.

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