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Canada's mixed curling team advances to gold-medal final at Youth Olympics

The Canadian mixed curling team booked its ticket into the final of the Youth Olympic Games on Tuesday in Lillehammer, Norway.

Canadians hold off Swiss in semis to secure berth in final

Canadian skip Mary Fay, bottom, outdueled Switzerland counterpart Selina Witschonke, back, on Tuesday, helping lead the mixed curling team to the gold-medal match. (Richard Gray/World Curling Federation)

The Canadian mixed curling team booked its ticket into the final of the Youth Olympic Games on Tuesday in Lillehammer, Norway.

Canada thumped Turkey 10-2 in the quarter-final matchup before holding off Switzerland 7-5 in the semifinals later in the day.

The Canadians, consisting of skip Mary Fay (Chester, N.S.), third Tyler Tardi (Surrey, B.C.), second Karlee Burgess, (Brooksfield, N.S.), and lead Sterling Middleton (Fort St. John, B.C.), will face the U.S. in the final on Wednesday.

The Americans defeated Russia 8-6 Tuesday.

In the semifinal match against Switzerland, Canada's steal of three in the fourth end helped them a comfortable 5-1 lead.

However, the Swiss, led by skip Selina Witschonke, rallied to cut the deficit to 6-5 in the seventh.

Canada preserved the victory in the eighth and final end, using the hammer to secure a point.

The Canadians cruised through the preliminary round, sporting a perfect 7-0 record.

Canada won bronze at the Youth Olympics four years ago in Innsbruck, Austria.

Here's how Canadian athletes fared on Tuesday:

Figure skating

Pairs

  • Marjorie Lajoie (Longueuil, Que.) / Zachary Lagha (Saint-Hubert, Que.), 4th

Alpine skiing

Women's giant slalom

  • Ali Nullmeyer (Toronto), 5th
  • Amelia Smart (Invermere, B.C.), Did not finish

Hockey (Preliminary)

Men

  • Canada def. U.S., 4-2

Luge

Team relay

  • Brooke Apshkrum (Calgary), Matt Riddle (Vancouver), Adam Shippit (Pemberton, B.C.), Reid Watts (Whistler, B.C.), 4th

Snowboard cross

Team-ski final (Mixed team)

  • Zoe Chore (Kimberley, B.C.), Evan Bichon (Prince George, B.C.), Reece Howden (Chilliwack, B.C.), Fiona Torello (Spain), 4th

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