Curling Canada – 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings – Canadian Olympic Curling Trials
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Howard sets his sights on Olympic gold

Glenn Howard made curling history by competing for a 15th time at the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship during the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier, presented by Monsanto, contested earlier this month in Edmonton.

Glenn Howard with sweepers Brent Laing (l) and Craig Savill (r) at the Tim Hortons Brier in Edmonton, Alberta. (Photo: CCA/Michael Burns Photography)

It also marked a record-setting eighth consecutive win for Howard, the pride of the Coldwater and District Curling Club, in Ontario’s provincial playdowns.

In addition to establishing a new standard for Brier appearances, he also extended his record for most games played by any curler in the national curling classic. Coming into the week with 182 Brier games under his signature white belt, Howard added 14 more at Rexall Place to raise the bar to 196.

In spite of all his achievements – including four Canadian and four world titles – the crowning moment of his curling career would be winning gold for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

In 2009, he came within one game of turning the Olympic dream into reality at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings in Edmonton, losing to hometown favourite Kevin Martin in the championship final.

The next quest for Olympic gold for Howard, and another 15 of Canada’s top teams, hits the ice at the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, presented by Monsanto, Dec. 1-8 in Winnipeg’s MTS Centre.

Howard, along with Wayne Middaugh, Brent Laing and Craig Savill, nailed down one of the early spots in the Canadian Curling Trials on the strength of an exceptional 2012 season, highlighted by the Canadian and world titles.

The 2013 Trials presents the chance to add one more record to his extensive collection. While he wouldn’t be the first in his family to stand atop the Olympic podium – brother Russ won gold in 2006 as part of the Brad Gushue team – he will have the opportunity to become the first Ontario skip to experience one of the greatest moments in sports.

“You Gotta Be There” when 16 of Canada’s elite teams – eight men’s and eight women’s – compete for the honour of wearing the maple leaf at the 2014 Olympic Games. Make sure you’re there when the drama unfolds in Winnipeg’s MTS Centre… click here to get your tickets now.