Ho­man team to con­tinue

Lethbridge Herald - - SPORTS - Gre­gory Strong THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Af­ter tak­ing some time off fol­low­ing a dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance at the Pyeongchang Games, the mem­bers of Team Ho­man re­cently got to­gether at a Toronto ho­tel to dis­cuss their fu­ture plans.

They de­cided they will con­tinue to curl to­gether as a four­some.

“We had a re­ally good meet­ing and we’re feel­ing re­ally op­ti­mistic for the fu­ture,” said lead Lisa Wea­gle.

Skip Rachel Ho­man, third Emma Miskew, sec­ond Joanne Court­ney and Wea­gle were hop­ing for big things in South Korea af­ter cap­ping a dom­i­nant 2017 cal­en­dar year by win­ning the Olympic Tri­als in Ot­tawa.

They had also won the Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts for a third time and ran the ta­ble en route to their first world ti­tle last year.

How­ever, they never re­ally got on track in their first ap­pear­ance at the Win­ter Games and set­tled for a six­th­place fin­ish.

“Af­ter the Olympics, we all took some time to re­cover,” Wea­gle told The Cana­dian Press from Ot­tawa. “A few of us went away and just did our own thing so that we could recharge and come back ex­cited about curl­ing.

“It was def­i­nitely a very emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing at the Olympics and we ob­vi­ously didn’t get the re­sult that we wanted. But I think we’re still driven to keep curl­ing and to ac­com­plish more.”

Sev­eral elite curl­ing teams have an­nounced lineup changes for the up­com­ing qua­dren­nial ahead of the 2022 Bei­jing Games. Teams skipped by Jen­nifer Jones, Kevin Koe, Chelsea Carey and John Ep­ping — to name just a few — will have new-look ros­ters next sea­son.

Team Ho­man stayed quiet as other squads made their an­nounce­ments. Ho­man, Miskew, Court­ney and Wea­gle did ca­su­ally chat about the fu­ture be­fore even­tu­ally fi­nal­iz­ing plans.

“Ob­vi­ously an­other Olympic run would be the ul­ti­mate goal but there’s a lot of Slams and Scot­ties and worlds in the leadup to that time,” Wea­gle said. “I think we want to just keep push­ing the boundaries and keep push­ing our­selves and win as much as we can.”

The Ot­tawa team won its first na­tional crown in 2013 with Ali­son Kre­vi­azuk at sec­ond. A suc­cess­ful ti­tle de­fence came the next year be­fore Kre­vi­azuk left.

She was re­placed by Court­ney, ar­guably the most pow­er­ful sweeper in the women’s game.

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