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Team Canada Pyeongchang 2018 Blog: Rachel Homan

By Rachel Homan (Team Canada women’s skip)

Obviously, this isn’t where we thought we’d be when we came to Pyeongchang. But I’ll also say I could not be prouder of our team for the way we kept battling here.

Photo, World Curling Federation/Curling Canada/Michael Burns

And we’ll keep fighting right to the last rock when we play the OAR team from Russia tonight. That’s the way we’ve always been, and we’ll continue to do that.

Yes, it’s disappointing, especially when we know we actually played well through the whole week. But that’s sport; you don’t always get the rewards, and sometimes you have to take your lumps. Nothing is guaranteed, and we’ve always known that.

It was a shot here, a shot there — that’s always the difference, and we’ve been on both sides of that to know it comes with the territory.

It was a great game today against Great Britain, and things just didn’t go our way in the 10th end. But we left the arena knowing we left everything we had on the ice.

Photo, World Curling Federation/Curling Canada/Michael Burns

We’ve been fortunate enough to wear the Maple Leaf at international events a few times over the years, so we know that the curling world is catching up with us. We knew that coming in here, so we weren’t surprised at all that other teams brought their best games against us.

I couldn’t be prouder of Emma, Joanne and Lisa — we never lost faith in each other, and we kept trusting each other. That will never change on our team. 

We had such an amazing team with us here in Pyeongchang. Our coaches, Adam, Kyle, Renee and Elaine, worked so hard with us, as they did last year in Beijing. Cheryl Bernard did so many things behind the scenes as our alternate, and her contributions were incredible. And Curling Canada’s support team here made sure we had everything we needed to perform. We couldn’t have been prouder to be a Canadian curling team at the Winter Olympics.

And we can’t thank our friends and family who made the trip here, and who were cheering from back at home, for how they stuck with us and kept our spirits high. You mean the world to us, and we loved being able to share this experience with you.

We’re going to really enjoy the last few days of the Olympics, cheering on Team Koe and our bigger Canadian team, and taking in as much as we can.

The Olympics have been an amazing journey, and we’re looking forward to many more journeys together, for the rest of this season, and beyond. Thank you to all of our amazing fans for their support!