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Siblinghood triumphed over matrimony as the newest Olympic event debuted on Thursday (February 8) with American pair Becca and Matt Hamilton beating Anastasia Bryzgalova and Alexander Krushelnitskiy in the mixed doubles curling.

The Americans started strongly and never looked back in a 9-3 win over married Russian couple Bryzgalova and Krushelnitskiy in the first of seven rounds of preliminary play.

Mixed doubles curling is one of four new events in the 2018 Winter Olympics and was the first to kick off official competition even though the Games do not formally open until Friday (February 9).

South Korea got off to a good start after beating Finland 9-4. Elsewhere Switzerland triumphed over China and Norway beat Canada.

Meanwhile, the U.S., South Korean and Chinese teams were given an official welcome ceremony as entertainers danced at the olympic village. 

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