Author Archives: Jean Mills (page 5)

Author Archives: Jean Mills

Undefeated Team Canada ready for playoffs at World Mixed

October 20, 2016

Next stop playoffs for Canada’s Mick Lizmore, who capped off a perfect round robin with a 6-4 win over Austria’s Andreas Unterberger at the 2016 World Mixed Curling Championship today in Kazan, Russia. Undefeated Lizmore and his Edmonton team — third Sarah Wilkes, second Brad Thiessen, lead Alison Kotylak and coach Melissa Soligo – battled a feisty Austrian squad who didn’t make it easy for the Canadians. The game got off to a great start, as Lizmore made a spectacular quadruple takeout on the way to scoring a deuce in the first end. With a 6-3 lead in the seventh, ...

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Team Canada qualifies for playoffs at World Mixed

October 19, 2016

Canada’s Mick Lizmore locked up a spot in the playoffs after cruising to a 5-3 win over South Korea’s Kibok Lee at the 2016 World Mixed Curling Championship today in Kazan, Russia. Team Canada took an early lead on an open draw for three in the first end, and despite a couple of misses, Lizmore and his Edmonton team — third Sarah Wilkes, second Brad Thiessen, lead Alison Kotylak and coach Melissa Soligo — were able to hit their way out of trouble and force timely misses from the Koreans. “Besides a few hiccups, a couple of flash peels, one ...

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Team Canada still undefeated at World Mixed

October 18, 2016

Team Canada skip Mick Lizmore survived some early pressure from Belgium to remain undefeated and close in on a playoff spot at the 2016 World Mixed Curling Championship in Kazan, Russia. Lizmore’s Edmonton team — rounded out by third Sarah Wilkes, second Brad Thiessen, lead Alison Kotylak and coach Melissa Soligo — got off to a rough start before taking four straight ends on the way to a 7-2 victory over Belgium’s Loes Willems (0-3) on Tuesday afternoon at the Kazan Sport Palace. “Our skip was definitely struggling in the first few ends,” said Soligo after the game. “But (the ...

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Another strong win for Team Canada at World Mixed

October 17, 2016

Team Canada continues to close in on a playoff spot at the 2016 World Mixed Curling Championship in Kazan, Russia. Edmonton’s Mick Lizmore — backed by third Sarah Wilkes, second Brad Thiessen, lead Alison Kotylak and coach Melissa Soligo — remain undefeated with a 4-0 record after cruising to a 7-2 win over Andorra’s Josep Garcia (1-3) on Monday afternoon at the Kazan Sport Palace. “It was a pretty solid game,” said Lizmore after the win. “They made a lot of shots early on and it felt like there were a couple of moments there that we were up against ...

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MQFT with Tracy Fleury

October 7, 2016

This week, John sits down with Tracy Fleury, one of the most decorated female curlers to come out of Northern Ontario. She represented Northern Ontario three times at the Canadian Juniors, once at the Scotties (in addition to representing Ontario once as well), and really cemented a name for herself on tour in the 2015-16 season, peaking at Number 7 in the CTRS rankings. Because of that, her squad will be in Brandon, Man., for the Home Hardware Canada Cup. Welcome to Magical Question Fun Time, the Curling Canada feature where comedian John Cullen sits down with your favourite curlers ...

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New PHE Canada resource for teachers gets kids to “Move Think Learn” about curling

September 21, 2016

Physical education teachers now have an easy way to introduce their grades 4-6 students to the sport of curling, thanks to a free online resource package offered by Physical and Health Education (PHE) Canada. Move Think Learn: Curling in Focus is the latest in a series of sport-specific packages that help teachers create a complete learning unit, using classroom and gymnasium equipment in innovative ways. PHE Canada’s curling resource joins 12 other physical education packages that focus on a variety of sports ranging from hockey, basketball and soccer to archery, canoe/kayak and team handball, among others. “The themes of Move ...

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MQFT with Steve Laycock

September 13, 2016

This week, John sits down with Steve Laycock, the three-time defending Saskatchewan champion, a Brier bronze medallist, and a former World Junior champion. Steve’s team is ranked 7th on the World Curling Tour Order of Merit heading into the season and will be one of the teams competing at the Canada Cup. Welcome to Magical Question Fun Time, the Curling Canada feature where comedian John Cullen sits down with your favourite curlers for interviews like you have never seen. Each interview will feature eight questions: five standard questions that will be asked to each curler, two questions specific to that ...

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MQFT with Dana Ferguson

July 7, 2016

This week, John sits down with Dana Ferguson, current second and long-time member of Team Val Sweeting, with whom she has had a ton of success, finishing second at back-to-back Scotties championships, hoisting a Grand Slam title, and playing in just about every major tournament you can imagine. John sat down with Dana as her team prepares to secure a Trials berth this season.

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Youth Olympics Journey: “We believed we could do it, and we did!”

May 3, 2016

Karlee Burgess is a 17-year-old curler from Nova Scotia who competed for Canada at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, where she won the gold medal with teammates Tyler Tardi, Mary Fay and Sterling Middleton. This is the final story in a series in which Karlee shared her experiences on the road to the Youth Olympic Games – and beyond. What’s happened since she came home from Norway? Lots!

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MQFT with Brad Gushue

April 29, 2016

This week, John sits down with a man who has had one the best curling seasons in recent memory, coming second at the Tim Hortons Brier, hoisting three Grand Slam titles, and winning the Grand Slam Cup before the final event of the season is even played. He’s been to 13 Tim Hortons Briers, won an Olympic gold medal, and he has a highway named after him, which is about the most bad-ass thing I can think of.

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Fifth place and Olympic points for Canada at World Mixed Doubles

April 23, 2016

Canadians Marliese Kasner and Dustin Kalthoff handily won both their games in the playoffs of the Classification Round at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship on Saturday to secure a fifth-place finish and eight points in the all-important ranking for Canada in Olympic Mixed Doubles standings.

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Silver for Neufeld at World Seniors

April 23, 2016

Randy Neufeld is bringing home a silver medal after a 7-4 loss to Sweden’s Mats Wrana in the final of the 2016 World Senior Men’s Curling Championship in Karlstad, Sweden, on Saturday.

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Neufeld through to semifinals at World Seniors

April 22, 2016

Canada’s Randy Neufeld scored a single point in the last end to win a see-saw battle over Scotland’s Gordon Muirhead during quarter-final action at the World Senior Curling Championships in Karlstad, Sweden on Friday.

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Canada won’t reach the podium at 2016 World Mixed Doubles

April 22, 2016

Playoffs got underway at the 2016 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships, and it was a tough day for Canadians Marliese Kasner and Dustin Kalthoff, who lost a heartbreaking 6-5 quarter-final to Scotland on Friday in Karlstad, Sweden.

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Kasner and Kalthoff finish round robin undefeated at 2016 World Mixed Doubles

April 21, 2016

The momentum continues to build for undefeated Marliese Kasner and Dustin Kalthoff as they wrapped up the round robin at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship with another commanding win on Thursday in Karlstad, Sweden.

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