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Canada qualifies for playoffs at Paralympics

March 15, 2018

Canada’s wheelchair curling team knew that defending a gold medal for the third time wasn’t going to be easy; nor was it going to be quick. The team constantly referred to the 11-game round robin as a marathon, and they were going to take it one mile at a time. With a 6-2 win over Germany, the Paralympians must feel that they’ve passed a major milestone by officially qualifying for the medal round. “It feels great,” said skip Mark Ideson (London, Ont.). “ It’s been a really long week. It feels like everyone is tired. We had a quick turn ...

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Lethbridge to host 2019 World Men’s Curling Championship

March 14, 2018

Another world championship will be contested in Lethbridge, Alta., it was announced jointly today by the World Curling Federation and Curling Canada.

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Alternate Anseeuw Gets A Chance in Win Vs. Slovakia

March 14, 2018

58 year-old Jamie Anseeuw has spent every game this week watching from the bench, while his teammates battled it out on the Paralympic ice. He’d take times, watch rocks, and take notes on every shot as part of his role as alternate, and he has to be ready to play with a moment’s notice if a player goes down with illness or injury. Since entire tournaments can go by without that happening, it’s standard practice to get your alternate into the game if the scoreboard becomes lopsided one way or the other. “I was excited to get out there,” said ...

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Canadians down NPA in Dramatic Fashion at Paralympics

Canada faces Neutral Paralympic Athletes in 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang - Photo: Brian Chick/Curling Canada
March 14, 2018

It was as though they were making it dramatic for the TV audience. Last end. Skips’ rocks. One for sure, and a measure for two and the win. The measuring stick doesn’t function properly. They have to get the other one from the far end of the sheet, delaying the result further. Talk about drama! Drama for the fans at least. For the players, it was pretty obvious. “I was pretty confident, and the NPA third looked at it and shook his head,” said Canadian third Ina Forrest of the delayed measurement. “So I was pretty sure he saw it ...

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Canada wins extra-end Paralympic Nailbiter vs. USA

March 13, 2018

“It was a fun game.” That’s how Canadian skip Mark Ideson summed up his team’s 6-5, extra-end victory or the United States on Tuesday night. “They’re great people and there’s a lot of camaraderie out there,” said Ideson of his American opponents. “We have a lot of respect for them. They’re good players, and good people.” Ideson and Team Canada were probably the only ones having fun, as the rest of the Canadian supporters were chewing their fingernails off. Again, Canada got down early, this time falling behind 3-0 after two ends. Just as in their morning win over China, ...

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Canada complete comeback win over China

March 13, 2018

Canada might have to start calling their Paralympic wheelchair curling team the “Comeback Kids.”  That might be confusing for their actual kids, and in some cases their grandkids. Regardless of the nickname, the Canadians erased a four-point deficit for the second time this week, this time coming back from 5-1 to beat China, 8-5. “I’m really proud of the team,” said skip Mark Ideson. “We got down early… again. That seems to be a bit of a theme for us, myself in particular with a slow start. But they pick me up and carried me through. “ Indeed, Ideson wasn’t ...

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Canada on the wrong side of the inch vs. Great Britain

Canada didn't have an answer for Great Britain - Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 © WCF / Céline Stucki
March 12, 2018

Elite athletes live for the feeling of being in “the zone” – the sensation where your peak performance is on auto-pilot, every result is perfect, and you can’t miss. For Canada’s wheelchair curlers, it must have felt like they were just a few inches outside of “the zone.” “You know, some days you’re one with the rock. Other days, it’s like your two completely different entities,” said Ina Forrest, who throws third on Canada’s Paralympic team. “We just didn’t have the zen of curling today.” Indeed, something seemed a little off as Canada dropped their second game of the day; ...

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Canada Suffers First Loss of Paralympics

March 12, 2018

Sometimes it’s just not your game. Canada’s wheelchair curlers found that out the hard way this morning, suffering their first loss of the Paralympics to host South Korea. The Koreans scored three in the first, and shut down every Canadian attack after that, finishing with a final score of 7-5. “Korea was going well both with their hits and their draws,” said Marie Wright (Moose Jaw, Sask.), who is playing in her first Paralympics at the age of 57. “It felt like we’d get something set up, and then do one thing wrong, and they would capitalize.” Indeed, according to ...

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Team Canada goes back-to-back at the Tim Hortons Brier

March 12, 2018

REGINA – Brad Gushue joined some legendary curling company by pulling off back-to-back Tim Hortons Brier, presented by Mosaic, titles.

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Team Alberta to face Team Canada in Tim Hortons Brier final

March 11, 2018

REGINA – Alberta is a win away from setting a record for most Canadian men’s curling crowns, and if it happens it will come from the latest in a long line of sharpshooting skips the province has produced.

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Canadian Paralympians Fight Back to Beat Sweden

Pyeongchang, Korea, 11/3/2018-Canada plays Sweden in Wheelchair curling during the 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang. Photo Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee.
March 11, 2018

It wasn’t the start they wanted, but as the old saying goes, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”   Canada looked pretty shaky in the opening ends of their third game of the 2018 Paralympic Games. The wheelchair curling team just couldn’t get comfortable.   “We just weren’t making our shots,” said Dennis Thiessen (Sanford, Man.), playing in his second Paralympics. “We let it slip with a couple of mistakes. so they got the lead on us early.”   After giving up steals of one and three in the first two ends, the tide suddenly turned for ...

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Perfect skip leads Team Canada into Tim Hortons Brier final

March 10, 2018

REGINA – Perfection can’t be beaten. John Epping found that out the hard way. Team Canada skip Brad Gushue was scored at 100 per cent in a 6-2 win over Epping’s Ontario (Toronto) squad in the Page playoff 1-2 game Saturday to advance to the final of the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier, presented by Mosaic.

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All-stars, award winners announced at 2018 Tim Hortons Brier

March 10, 2018

REGINA — The all-stars and other award winners at the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier, presented by Mosaic, were announced on the closing weekend of the championship.

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‘Phenomenal shot’ propels Team Alberta to Tim Hortons Brier semifinal

March 10, 2018

REGINA – Brendan Bottcher believes his Alberta team is flying under the radar at the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier, presented by Mosaic, but his last shot Saturday just might have blown his cover.

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Gold for Canada’s Tardi at World Juniors

March 10, 2018

Canada won a second gold medal at the 2018 World Curling Championships on Saturday, as Tyler Tardi led his team to a 6-5 extra-end win over Scotland’s Ross Whyte in Aberdeen, Scotland, a follow-up to the gold medal won by Canada’s Kaitlyn Jones earlier in the day.

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