9:30 a.m., March 26)
wins historic gold medal at World Curling Championships
By Fred Sherwin
failing to get to the top of the medal podium at three
previous World Championship events, Orléans native
and Cairine Wilson grad Rachel Homan is a bridesmaid no
more, skipping Team Canada to an 8-3 win over Russia in
the final of the World Womens Curling Championships
in Biejing, China on Sunday.
three-time Canadian womens champion and 2010 national
junior title holder had to settle for silver at the World
Junior Championships in 2010; bronze at the World Championships
in 2012; and silver at the Worlds in 2013.
to r) Team Canada
alternate Cheryl Kreviazuk, lead Lisa Weagle,
second Joanne Courtney, third Emma Miskew
and skip Rachel Homan pose with the World
Championship trophy after beating Russia in
the final. Photo: Céline Stucki/WCF
winning her first World Champion-ship gold medal on Sunday,
Homan, along with third Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney
and lead Lisa Weagle, became the first womens team
to go undefeated throughout the competition.
Homan foursome was sharp from the opening stone. After
blanking the first end with last rock, they scored a deuce
in the second end when Homan drew to the button with the
help of Courtney and Weagle who are regarded as the best
brushing tandem in the world.
stole another point in the third end when she forced Russian
skip Anna Sidorova into attempting a difficult in-off
against three Canadian stones that left a Canadian counter.
ended up blanking the fourth end after they rolled out
on a takeout with thirds stone, eliminating any
chance of scoring a deuce.
stuck to their aggressive strategy in the fifth end, resulting
in Russia having to count a single point and leaving the
Homan foursome with a 3-1 lead and the hammer in even
ends which Rachel used to her advantge in scoring three
points in the sixth end to take full control of the game.
managed to score a deuce in the the seventh end to narrow
the deficit to 6-3, but it only delayed the inevitable
as Homan scored two more points in the eighth end after
Sidorova was called for a hog line volation on her final
throw, allowing Homan an open draw for the deuce.
8-3 with only two ends left to play, Sidorova conceded
defeat, handing Canada the gold medal for the first time
pretty amazing (to be world champions). We worked so hard
for this, Homan said after receiving the gold medal.
Weve been in world championships four times
so its finally exciting to be able to bring the
gold back to Canada.
one goal accomplished, Homan, Miskew, Courtney and Weagle
can now focus on the ultimate goal of winning Olympic
do that, they must first win the Roar of the Rings qualifying
tournament next December in Ottawa. Its something
that until now, theyve managed to keep in the back
of their minds.
won the World Championships, you can bet it wont
be long before their focus turns to their next challenge.
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