one gold medal away from curling immortality
Homans lenghty resume is impressive to say the least.
First female skip to go undefeated at the World Champ-ionships.
Youngest skip, either male or female, to win three Scotties
Tournament of Hearts.
only line missing is Olympic gold medalist. Is there any
reason why anyone having seen her performance in this
years Scotties, and more recently at the World Championships,
would doubt she and the rest of her rink wont achieve
this next step toward curling immortality.
the TSN announcing team at the Worlds wouldnt come
out and say it, I will Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew,
Joanne Courtney and Lisa Weagle are the best womens
team in the history of the sport.
were always good. Heck, they won two Scotties championships
before winning their third this year, and they won a pair
of World Championship medals, but they were silver and
bronze and they won them before Courtney was brought in
to replace Alison Kreviazuk.
going through a few growing pains following Courtneys
addition last year, the team approached the 2016-2017
curling season determined to get over those growing pains,
which theyve managed to do with flying colours thanks
mainly to her consistency and brushing abilities.
arrival and the addition of sports psychologist Adam Kingsbury
has also had a profound effect on the team dynamic and
Rachels approach to the game.
were always known as the best hitting team in womens
curling, but now theyve added the soft game of draws,
tap backs and freezes to their arsenal. Lisa Weagle has
perfected the tick shot to perfection, and she and Courtney
are the strongest brushing tandem in the game.
relationship between the four team members has also vastly
improved this year, if that was even possible.
communicate constantly through-out their games, and not
just front end with front end and back end with back end,
as is traditionally the case.
Weagle and Courtney can often be seen visiting with Homan
at the back of the house to discuss ice conditions etc.
then theres the relationship between Homan and Miskew.
The two women are a formidable duo.
is an expert at calling the brushing and coming up with
a Plan B whenever Plan A has to be thrown out the window.
She also has a superb knowledge of the angles that would
rival any math-ematics PHD.
rinks other strength is that they refuse to rest
on their laurels. All four women have a deep desire to
be the very best. A gold medal at the Olympics would place
an indelible mark on that distinction.
first they must get past the Roar of the Rings qualifying
tournament in Ottawa next December, where she will be
curling in front of a hometown crowd.
they can find the same form they played with during the
past two months, the Roar of the Rings should be little
more than a formality.
As for the Olympics, weve just seen how they stack
up with the worlds best and the rest of the world
has been put on notice Rachel Homan and the other
members of Team Homan are on a mission. Odds are theyll
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