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.