John Morris has asked Curling Canada for more flexibility over eligibility at the Olympics ©Getty Images

Two-time Olympic champion John Morris has called for Curling Canada to change its eligibility rules for the Olympics which currently do not allow athletes to compete in more than one event.

Morris, won gold in the men's team event at his home Olympics at Vancouver 2010 and the mixed doubles at Pyeongchang 2018 but could not compete in both competitions at the same Games.

This is due to a ruling by Curling Canada that restricts the opportunity to play in both team curling and mixed doubles at the same Games.

Winning gold in 2018 with last-minute partner Kaitlyn Lawes, Morris was originally set to team up with Rachel Homan in Pyeongchang but had to look for a new partner when Homan's four-woman team qualified too.

Now, speaking to the Winnipeg Sun he believes the rules need to change. 

"What you're seeing from other countries like Scotland and Sweden, potential powerhouses in curling, is they have now opened up mixed doubles to all the curlers," Morris said.

"They're realising that their odds of winning a medal at the Olympics, if they only allow mixed doubles specialists to play the game, are going down.

"What they're doing now, and I believe is a good, proactive approach, is giving their country the best chance at multiple curling medals by opening mixed doubles to all of the curlers in their country, no matter if you qualify in the men's and women's.

John Morris celebrating with team-mate Kaitlyn Lawes after their Olympic win ©Getty Images
John Morris celebrating with team-mate Kaitlyn Lawes after their Olympic win ©Getty Images

"It's something that I believe will be a big disadvantage to Canada if we don't do that and we don't follow suit."

Morris claims he has also spoken to players across the nation and there is a general agreement that it is hindering the country, but Jeff Stoughton - national coach and programme manager for men's and mixed doubles - still believes in separate teams.

"We just feel, at this time, the cons outweigh the pros," Stoughton said.

Under the current schedule, mixed doubles players miss the four-player team practice on both days, with the start of the team competition coinciding with the media day for mixed doubles.

"Basically, you'd have not seen your team for the last two weeks," adds Stoughton.

"We just don't think it's that great for the team. 

"It's great for the mixed doubles player but you've got to look at all the emotions that are involved too.

"If you win the gold medal, you're ecstatic and excited and you want to let loose but you have to play the next day and for the next week and a half.

"That's a big grind to have that huge emotional outburst and then have to come back down to earth."

Two of the United States' top curlers, Matt and Becca Hamilton, competed in the mixed doubles in Pyeongchang just days before the former won gold in the men's event.