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Rough start for Russians as Pyeongchang Winter Olympics open

Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) made their debut at the 2018 Olympics on Thursday but were routed by the United States as mixed doubles curling launched competition at the Pyeongchang Games.

Americans brother and sister Matt and Becca Hamilton ripped the husband-and-wife team of Aleksandr Krushelnitckii and Anastasia Bryzgalova 9-3 in the first Pyeongchang Games result — and in Olympic history for the debut event.

The Russians entered under the Olympic flag as their homeland s banner and anthem were banned along with many athletes in the wake of major doping violations at the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

“I m sure they are a little bit bummed they don t get to wear a Russian flag,” Matt Hamilton said. “But that s life. You ve got to take what you are given. At least they are at the Olympics.”

The Hamiltons jumped ahead 3-0 and needed only seven of eight ends to take t

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