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(Posted 2:30 p.m., Dec. 11)
Hometown girl Homan heading to Winter Olympics

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans native and Cairine Wilson Secondary School alum Rachel Homan is heading to the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February after winning the Roar of the Rings Olympic Trials in Ottawa on Sunday.

The reigning World Champion and three-time Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion beat Alberta’s Chelsea Carey 6-5 in Sunday’s final, earning the right to wear the Maple Leaf at the Olympic Games along with teammates Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney and Lisa Weagle.

Rachel Homan (far left) with teammates Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney and Lisa Weagle following their win at the Roar of the Rings Olympic Trials on Sunday. PHOTO MICHAEL BURNS, CURLING CANADA

“We can’t wait to represent Canada with this Maple Leaf on our back,” Homan said after the big win in front of n enthusiatic hometown crowd. “We’re going to try and represent Canada as best we can and we’re going to do ourselves proud, our family, Ottawa and the whole country.”

After stealing a point in the opening end of Sunday’s final following a Carey miscue, Homan stole another point in the second end to take an early 2-0 lead. The two teams then traded points in the third, fourth and fifth ends which left Homan with a 3-2 lead heading into the sixth end where she took advantage of a missed shot to score the first deuce of the game and extend her lead to 5-2.

Carey responded with a deuce of her own in the seventh end to once again make it a one-point game.

After blanking the eighth end, Homan was forced to settle for a single in the ninth end on a draw to the four-foot circle against three Carey markers.

Up by two points, Homan forced Carey to attempt a difficult double to tie the game in the 10th end. Instead, Cafrey was only able to picked up a single, handing Homan the win and the Olympic berth.

For three members of the Homan rink the win was sweet redemption after losing in the semi-finals at the 2013 Roar of the Rings trials to Sherry Middaugh.

Courtney replaced former second Lynn Kreviazuk shortly after the disappointing loss with the sole goal of helping the team make it back to the trials and earn a berth in the Olympics.

“We’re so fortunate to get the chance to play (in the Olympic Trials) let alone have this experience to play in front of our hometown and be able to accomplish this together,” Homan said about what the past week has been like playing at the Canadian Tire Centre. “It’s been a long journey, we’ve put in so much work together. It’s just an incredible feeling to do this in Ottawa.”

Homan grew up in the east end and played Little Rocks at the Navan Curling Club in the late 90s and early 2000s. She ended up joining forces with Miskew, who she played against in Little Rocks, and together they went on to win four straight Ontario bantam championships from 2003 to 2006 and a Canadian and World Junior Championship in 2010.

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