Three for Kar­lee

Pride of Hilden be­comes first Cana­dian to win three world ju­nior curl­ing cham­pi­onship gold medals

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KRAS­NO­YARSK, Rus­sia —– For Kar­lee Burgess, it was ev­ery curler’s dream come true.

Thou­sands of miles from her Hilden home, Burgess made his­tory by be­com­ing the first Cana­dian to win three world ju­nior women’s cham­pi­onships, hav­ing pre­vi­ously won in 2016 and 2018.

Her third win came Satur­day when Canada beat Korea 7-5 in the fi­nal in Kras­no­yarsk, Rus­sia.

“It’s just a dream come true for any­one to have an op­por­tu­nity to do that,” said Burgess. “To end my ju­nior curl­ing on a high is pretty spe­cial and just to do it along­side these girls, it’s been a crazy year and I’m re­ally ex­cited.”

But the big win al­most never hap­pened as Korea had Canada down 4-1 af­ter four ends. Canada scored two in the fifth and stole a sin­gle in the sixth to tie the game 4-4. Af­ter the teams ex­changed sin­gles in the sev­enth and eighth, Canada stole a deuce in the ninth to seal the win.

Canada went 7-2 in the round-robin por­tion of the even, with losses to Ja­pan and Korea. They de­feated Rus­sia 9-8 in a semi­fi­nal matchup.

The Cana­dian women’s team, out of Man­i­toba, con­sisted of skip Mackenzie Zacharias, Burgess at third, se­cond Emily Zacharias, lead Lau­ren Le­nen­tine and al­ter­nate Rachel Erick­son.

Burgess bonded eas­ily with her team­mates, from on-ice pep talks to sam­pling Rus­sian cui­sine to­gether, such as beef tongue and borscht. She de­scribed her team’s rou­tine as “curl, eat, sleep,” leav­ing lit­tle time for sight-see­ing. How­ever, the team did visit a Rus­sian Or­tho­dox church and took a bus tour around Kras­no­yarsk.

“They’re go­ing to be my friends for a life­time,” said Burgess. “All my hard work in this sport has paid off.”

With three world wins to her name, Burgess is just be­hind Scot­land’s Eve Muir­head, who has won four world ju­nior ti­tles. Burgess is tied with Vicki Adams, also from Scot­land.

Burgess has a fourth win to her name from the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lille­ham­mer, Nor­way, when she played on a mixed Cana­dian team.

The Zacharias team earned the right to rep­re­sent Canada at the world cham­pi­onship af­ter win­ning the na­tional ti­tle in Lan­g­ley, B.C., in Jan­uary.

The Cana­dian men’s team, skipped by Jac­ques Gau­thier’s rink from Win­nipeg, made it a sweep for Canada. win­ning gold with a 7-2 vic­tory over Switzer­land in the fi­nal.

“Win­ning dou­ble gold for Canada was pretty spe­cial,” said Burgess.

WCF PHOTO/RICHARD GRAY

Hilden’s Kar­lee Burgess helped Team Canada win gold against Korea in the fi­nal of the World Ju­nior Curl­ing Cham­pi­onships in Kras­no­yarsk, Rus­sia. It was Burgess’s third first-place fin­ish at the com­pe­ti­tion.

WCF PHOTO/RICHARD GRAY

Team Canada mem­bers were all smiles af­ter claim­ing gold at the World Ju­nior Curl­ing Cham­pi­onships. From left, Rachel Erick­son, Lau­ren Le­nen­tine, Emily Zacharias, Kar­lee Burgess and Mackenzie Zacharias.

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