They shared their Olympic debuts not only with each other, but also with their event itself as these are the first Games to include mixed doubles.
And as play began inside the arena, the Olympic torch was making its way through streets nearby, destined to arrive at Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony that will be held Friday night in Pyeongchang (Friday morning in the U.S.).
Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten, engaged to be married, downed the top-ranked Canadians 9-6 on day one of the mixed doubles tournament here.
The last time Matt and Becca Hamilton faced off against Russian Federation in mixed doubles curling was at the 2017 World Championships, a match in which they were defeated 7-5. "It was just kind of a bonehead play not taking the power play in six".
Ultimately, he said they're both each other's biggest fan, which helps in both mixed doubles together and their individual events.
"He brought me into the game, so I guess what better partner can I find than someone that brought me up?" said Becca.More news: Mohamed Salah has been phenomenal, says Robbie Fowler
"We just need to continue to grow and get more comfortable with the ice, play up little by little, and just try and hope we get enough wins in the round robin to qualify for the playoff. I make any of them and we're in a good position". Really happy being out on the ice and it paid off for us'.
"If I were playing with someone I have a strictly professional relationship with, I don't know how they're going to take constructive criticism", Matt said. We're going to have to come back sharp. "Since we've done that our performance has improved immensely".
Canada has made the mixed doubles podium just twice at the world championships, grabbing a silver in 2017 and a bronze in 2009. "Everyone has earned their right and they're the best of the world".
"I went down to watch my brother, he was finishing up a tournament and his coach forced me out on the ice and I guess I never looked back after that", she said. Can I get a #HamFam?!
"Just to go to the Olympics, and be there when other sports are competing and be part of that community with United States of America on our back, it's just going to be a dream come true", she said.
After losing its first game against the United States, the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation have responded with four straight wins.