The Wisconsin mixed doubles curling team of Matt and Becca Hamilton dropped its second straight match on Thursday night, falling to Switzerland 9-4 and opening the 2018 Winter Olympics on a sour note for the U.S. National Team.
The Hamiltons, a brother and sister combo who hail from McFarland, started off the games last night with a 9-3 win over the Olympic Athletes from Russia, but have come up short since, also falling to Canada 6-4.
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This is the first year for mixed doubles curling in the Olympics, but the Hamiltons have been curling as a pair for over a decade.
But despite their experience, the U.S. struggles to compete on a national level in curling. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the U.S. failed to medal or even come close.
The men's team, lead by Wisconsinite John Schuster, finished 2-7, and the women's team was worse, going 1-8.
The only good news from Thursday for the Hamiltons was the amount of twitter buzz Matt got for looking like a few famous characters.
Before the match against Switzerland, Matt posted that a side by side with him and Nintendo's famous character, Mario.
It’s a Me and @heccabamilton playing Sweden in game three! Live stream at 6:30EST through @NBCSN app!! Can I get a #HamFam ?! Where you all watching from tonight? #TeamUSA #teamhamiltons #curling #MixedDoublesCurling @usacurl pic.twitter.com/tHBSbOl3As
— Matt Hamilton (@MattJamilton) February 8, 2018
But during the match, Twitter was convinced that he looked like Kansas City Chiefs head coach, Andy Reid.
— Larry Johnson (@2LarryJohnson7) February 9, 2018
Matt and Becca will continue their quest for the podium on Friday when they take on China at 6:05 pm Central time. Video of that broadcast will be available to watch at 2:05 am CT on February 10 on NBCSN.