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Top moments from 2018 Olympic curling

Top moments from 2018 Olympic curling

The U.S. men won gold, but there many other great moments on the curling ice in PyeongChang

There was no bigger moment on the Gangneung Curling Center than when the U.S. men claimed their first over curling gold medal. We've counted down the top moments on the way to that golden victory, but there were tons of other great moments for curling in the 2018 Games. Here's a look back at all of them:

The 2018 Games started with mixed doubles curling, when the world was introduced to Team USA's Matt and Becca Hamilton, aka the #HamFam.

While the Hamilton siblings didn't do as well in PyeongChang as they would have hoped, the mixed double tournament was much better for Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris, who took home gold in the inaugural event.

Canada wins first ever mixed doubles curling gold

The Canadians continued to dominate with a 10-3 victory over Switzerland, their eighth straight win.

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Russian's Alexander Krushelnitsky and Anastasia Bryzgalova won the mixed doubles bronze, but had to give it back after Krushelnitsky failed a drug test.

Russian curler to return Olympic bronze, Russia Committee to pay fee after doping violation

Mixed doubles curler Alexander Krushelnitsky failed a drug test during the games, reports state

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Needless to say, the news sent shock waves around the curling world, known for its strict adherence to integrity.

Olympic curling world stunned by Russian doping scandal

Alexander Krushelnitsky reportedly tested positive for a banned substance.

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But it worked out for Norway's Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten, who received the bronze after Russia returned it. The duo even returned from Norway to have their own medal ceremony.
Mixed doubles was the start of a real curling craze, and people were learning a lot about their new favorite sport. Some people got really into it.

Puzzling yet popular, Americans are learning to love curling

Curling is taking the world by storm, one country at a time

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Others were blown away by the niceness of the Olympians.

Humble, kind and fair: Can curling cure our troubled world?

Fans and players revel in curling's sportsmanship among competitors

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Once mixed doubles was over, it was time for the men's and women's tournaments to begin. The U.S. women didn't have the tournament they were hoping for, but the world was introduced to Team USA skip Nina Roth, an inspiring Olympian who also saves lives in her spare time.

Nursing career helps curler Nina Roth stay relaxed

The U.S. women’s curling team skip knows how to stay calm under Olympic pressure.

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The women's tournament also saw one of the great Cinderella stories of the games. The South Korea women, aka "The Garlic Girls" finished with a silver medal in just their second time competing in curling at the Olympics.

The 'Garlic Girls': South Korean curlers a global sensation​

South Korea is the No. 1 seed in the women's semifinals

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South Korean women looking to make more curling history in semifinals

South Korea is the No. 1 seed in the semifinals after receiving an automatic qualifier into the Games

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South Korea fell in the gold medal game to Sweden, which has now won three women's curling golds in the last four Olympics.

Sweden ends Korea's Cinderella curling run with gold medal win

Sweden defeated South Korea 8-3 in the final game of the 2018 Olympics.

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Japan took home the women's bronze, joining South Korea as just the second and third Asian countries to take home an Olympic curling medal.

Japan wins women's curling bronze in defensive battle over Great Britain

A mistake by Britain's Eve Muirhead helped Japan steal a point in the 10th for the 5-3 victory.

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On the men's side, Switzerland defeated Canada in the bronze medal game, keeping the Canadians from a curling team medal for the first time since the sport joined the Olympics back in 1998.
And of course, the biggest, and best moment of them all - history for Team USA. 

Miracurl on Ice: Team USA defeats Sweden to win first curling gold medal

Team USA finishes the PyeongChang games on a five game winning streak, finishing with a 10-7 defeat of Sweden

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For more of a look back at curling at the 2018 Games, check out our list of the top moments for Team USA, top videos, funniest bloopers, and the definitive ranking of Norway's curling pants.

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