Canadian Olympic Curling Trials

The Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, known as the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings since 2005 for sponsorship reasons, occur every four years, in the year preceding the Winter Olympic Games. They are held to determine the men's and women's representatives at the next year's Olympic Games. The system of qualification for the Curling Trials varies for each event, and can be quite complicated. One main reason for an Olympic qualifying event apart from the national championships (The Brier and the Scotties) is that provincial residency rules do not apply to the Olympic team. Curling was added to the Olympic programme in 1998, and a Canadian Olympic Trials have been held the year prior since 1997.

There were also Olympic Trials held in 1987 for the curling demonstration event at the 1988 Winter Olympics. The 1987 Trials were known as the Labatt National Curling Trials and were held April 19–25, 1987 in Calgary, the same site of the 1988 Winter Olympics. Linda Moore would skip the women's winning team and Ed Lukowich skipped the men's winner.

There were no trials for the 1992 Winter Olympics curling demonstration event. The winner of the 1991 Scott Tournament of Hearts (Julie Sutton) and the 1991 Labatt Brier (Kevin Martin) got to represent Canada at the event.

Men's champions

Trials Winning team Runners up Location Placing at Olympics
1987 Ed Lukowich, John Ferguson, Neil Houston, Brent Syme, Wayne Hart Pat Ryan, Randy Ferbey, Don Walchuk, Don McKenzie[1] Calgary Bronze
1997 Mike Harris, Richard Hart, Collin Mitchell, George Karrys, Paul Savage Kevin Martin, Don Walchuk, Rudy Ramcharan, Don Bartlett Brandon, Manitoba Silver
2001 Kevin Martin, Don Walchuk, Carter Rycroft, Don Bartlett, Ken Tralnberg Kerry Burtnyk, Jeff Ryan, Rob Meakin, Keith Fenton, Andy Hick Regina, Saskatchewan Silver
2005 Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Russ Howard, Jamie Korab, Mike Adam Jeff Stoughton, Jon Mead, Garry Van Den Berghe, Steve Gould, Don Harvey Halifax, Nova Scotia Gold
2009 Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert, Adam Enright Glenn Howard, Richard Hart, Brent Laing, Craig Savill, Steve Bice Edmonton, Alberta Gold
2013 Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E. J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden, Caleb Flaxey John Morris, Jim Cotter, Tyrel Griffith, Rick Sawatsky, Jason Gunnlaugson Winnipeg, Manitoba Gold
2017 Kevin Koe, Marc Kennedy, Brent Laing, Ben Hebert, Scott Pfeifer Mike McEwen, B. J. Neufeld, Matt Wozniak, Denni Neufeld Ottawa, Ontario Fourth
2021 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Women's champions

Trials Winning team Runners up Location Placing at Olympics
1987 Linda Moore, Lindsay Sparkes, Debbie Jones, Penny Ryan, Patti Vande Connie Laliberte, Janet Harvey, Corinne Peters, Janet Arnott[2] Calgary Gold
1997 Sandra Schmirler, Jan Betker, Joan McCusker, Marcia Gudereit Shannon Kleibrink, Glenys Bakker, Shannon Nimmo, Joanne Sipka, Sally Shigehiro Brandon, Manitoba Gold
2001 Kelley Law, Julie Skinner, Georgina Wheatcroft, Diane Nelson, Cheryl Noble Sherry Anderson, Kim Hodson, Sandra Mulroney, Donna Gignac, Heather Walsh Regina, Saskatchewan Bronze
2005 Shannon Kleibrink, Amy Nixon, Glenys Bakker, Christine Keshen, Sandra Jenkins Kelly Scott, Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter, Renee Simons, Michelle Allen Halifax, Nova Scotia Bronze
2009 Cheryl Bernard, Susan O'Connor, Carolyn Darbyshire, Cori Bartel, Kristie Moore Shannon Kleibrink, Amy Nixon, Bronwen Webster, Chelsey Bell, Heather Nedohin Edmonton, Alberta Silver
2013 Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen, Kirsten Wall Sherry Middaugh, Jo-Ann Rizzo, Lee Merklinger, Leigh Armstrong, Lori Eddy Winnipeg, Manitoba Gold
2017 Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney, Lisa Weagle, Cheryl Kreviazuk Chelsea Carey, Cathy Overton-Clapham, Jocelyn Peterman, Laine Peters Ottawa, Ontario Sixth
2021 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

References

  1. ^ 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials Media Guide
  2. ^ 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials Media Guide

Sources

1987 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials

The 1987 Labatt National Curling Trials were held April 19-25, 1987 at the Max Bell Arena in Calgary, Alberta. They were held to determine the Canadian National men's and women's Teams for the demonstration curling event at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

1997 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials

The 1997 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials were held from November 22 to 30, 1997 at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Manitoba. They were held to determine the Canadian National men's and women's Teams for the 1998 Winter Olympics.

2001 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials

The 2001 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials were held from December 1 to 9 at the Agridome in Regina, Saskatchewan. They were held to determine the Canadian National men's and women's Teams for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

2005 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials

The 2005 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials were held from December 3 to 11 at the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The winning teams represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

2009 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials

The 2009 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials were held December 6–13, 2009 at Rexall Place in Edmonton. The event is also known and advertised as Roar of the Rings. The winner of the men's and women's events represented Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Canada was guaranteed a team in each event as hosts.

2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Pre-Trials

The qualification event for the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, known and advertised as the Capital One Road to the Roar, will be held from November 5 to 10 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex in Kitchener, Ontario. The Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex, colloquially known as "The Aud," has previously been host to major curling events, most recently the 2003 Scott Tournament of Hearts. The top two finishers of the men's and women's events will qualify to participate in the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials.

The teams will play in a triple-knockout tournament, and four teams will qualify for the playoff round. The first two qualifiers and second two qualifiers will play against each other, and the winner of the first game will advance to the Trials. The loser of the first game then plays the winner of the second game to determine the second team to advance to the Trials.

2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials

The 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials were held from December 1 to 8 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The event is also known and advertised as the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings. The winners of the men's and women's events were chosen to represent Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials

The 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials was held from December 2 to 10 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata, Ottawa, Ontario. The event is also known and advertised as the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings. The winners of the men's and women's events will be chosen to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The women's final was won by Team Rachel Homan in front of her home town crowd. She defeated Team Chelsea Carey 6-5, after Carey missed a pivotal double takeout on her last shot of the 10th end.

The men's final was won by Team Kevin Koe from Alberta. He defeated Team Mike McEwen 7-6, drawing for one on the last stone of the 10th end.

Bert Gretzinger

Bert Gretzinger (born April 7, 1951) is a Canadian curler. He was a member of the gold medal winning Canadian team at the 1994 World Men's Curling Championship.He also won a bronze medal at the 2001 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, where he lost to Kerry Burtnyk in the semifinal 7-5.

He was known for his ability to make big shots which overcame his inconsistency to some extent. He has played skip, third, and second at various points in his career.

Brent Laing

Brent Laing (born December 10, 1978) is a Canadian curler from Shanty Bay, Ontario. He currently plays second for John Epping. He grew up in Meaford, Ontario.

Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Olympic Trials

The Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Olympic Trials, known as the Canad Inns Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials since 2018 for sponsorship reasons, occur every four years, in the year preceding the Winter Olympic Games. These trials have been used to determine the Canadian representatives in the year's Winter Olympic Games since mixed doubles curling was added to the Olympic program for the 2018 Winter Olympic games.Members of Canada's Olympic four-player teams are not eligible to compete in the Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials because of the rigours of the Olympic curling schedule. If their teammate did qualify for the Olympics as part of a four-player team, they must name a replacement to compete alongside them in the Trials.

Emma Miskew

Emma Kathryn Miskew (born February 14, 1989) is a Canadian curler. She is the long-time third of the three-time Canadian champion and 2017 world champion Rachel Homan rink. The Homan team represented Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Miskew joined up with Homan in 2001 at the age of 12, after their fathers decided to form a team with the pair after the two faced off in the final of a little rock tournament played during the 2001 Nokia Brier. Miskew, who had been curling since she was five, was previously a skip in her own right. As a member of the Homan rink, Miskew has won four provincial Bantam titles, two Provincial junior titles, a Canada Games gold medal, the 2010 Canadian Junior Curling Championships, three provincial championships (2011, 2013 & 2017) and three Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2013, 2014 and 2017, the 2015 Canada Cup of Curling, the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials and a career six Grand Slam of Curling titles. She represented Canada at the 2010 World Junior Curling Championships in Flims, Switzerland where she won a silver medal. She also represented Canada as a member of the Homan team at the 2013 World Women's Curling Championship in Riga, Latvia where she won a bronze medal, at the 2014 Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Saint John, New Brunswick where they won a silver medal and at the 2017 World Women's Curling Championship where they won a gold medal. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, the team would finish in sixth place.

Aside from the Homan team, Miskew also won the 2008 Junior provincial mixed title with Christian Tolusso.

Jo-Ann Rizzo

Jo-Ann Rizzo (born June 1, 1965 in Zweibrücken, West Germany) is a Canadian curler from Brantford, Ontario.

Rizzo grew up in Germany, where her father was stationed in the military. She moved to Canada at age 16. She attended the University of Western Ontario where she won two Ontario University Athletics championships.As of 2013, Rizzo has played in 13 Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts. She is also a former provincial mixed champion. She played third for her husband Nick Rizzo at the 2003 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship, where they finished in 4th place.

Rizzo qualified for the 2005 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, where she and her rink of Cheryl McPherson, Kimberly Tuck and Sara Gatchell finished in 9th with a 2-7 record.

Rizzo is a former skip, but she joined up with Middaugh in 2010. With Middaugh, the team won the 2012 Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic and finished second at the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. The Middaugh rink dissolved in 2018.

Rizzo won two provincial senior curling championships in 2016 and 2017, finishing fourth at the 2016 Canadian Senior Curling Championships and second at the 2017 Canadian Senior Curling Championships.

Rizzo also coached the US team at the 2017 World Senior Curling Championships.

John Epping

John Epping (born March 20, 1983) is a Canadian curler from Toronto, Ontario.

Born in Peterborough, Ontario, Epping was a top junior curler, having won the Ontario Junior championship in 2004. At the 2004 Canadian Junior Curling Championships, his team finished with an 8-4 record, just out of the playoffs. He won the 2006 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship with Julie Reddick, Scott Foster and Leigh Armstrong. He won the 2007 provincial mixed as well, but could not defend his national title.

After Juniors, Epping played third for Nick Rizzo until switching positions with Rizzo in 2006, and thus skipping the team. However, in 2007 he was picked up to play third for Olympic silver medalist Mike Harris. He'd only play one season for Harris before joining Wayne Middaugh's rink at second in 2008. With the Middaugh rink Epping won the 2008 National, his first Grand Slam victory. The team also played in the 2009 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, where they finished with a 2-5 record. In 2010, Epping parted from Middaugh to form his own team.

Epping and teammates Scott Bailey, Scott Howard and David Mathers won the 2012 Players' Championship, Epping's second Grand Slam title of his career, and his first as skip. This win helped him accrue enough CTRS points to qualify for a direct spot at the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. At the Trials, his rink (which replaced Howard with Collin Mitchell) won just one game, and finished last. Following the season, Epping formed a new team with Travis Fanset, Patrick Janssen and Tim March. Mathew Camm replaced Fanset in 2015.

At the 2015 Ontario Tankard, Epping's team recorded an 8-2 record through the round robin, but lost to Mark Kean in the final. At the 2016 Ontario Tankard, Epping and his rink again finished the round robin with an 8-2 record, but lost again in the final, this time to Glenn Howard.

Epping played in the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, but again had a disappointing tournament, finishing with just a 2-6 record. He also competed in the 2018 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Olympic Trials with Sherry Middaugh, who replaced his usual mixed doubles partner Lisa Weagle, who had qualified in the team event with Rachel Homan. Epping and Middaugh finished the round robin with a 3-5 record and did not make it to the round of 8. Later in the season Epping would win his first ever provincial championship, finally defeating Glenn Howard in the final of the 2018 Ontario Tankard. Thus, the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier would be Epping's first Brier appearance. There, he led Team Ontario to a 9-2 record after pool play, good enough for second place going into the playoffs. However, they would lose both of their playoff games, settling for third place overall. After the season, the Epping team replaced its front-end with veteran curlers Brent Laing and Craig Savill.Team Epping won the 2018 Masters, his fourth grand slam title, completing a career Grand Slam for Epping by winning all four "majors". Thanks to their success during the 2018-19 season, they qualified for the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier Wild Card game, despite losing in the final of the 2019 Ontario Tankard. In the Wild Card game, they lost to the Brendan Bottcher rink 8-4, missing out on playing in the Brier.

Kristen Foster

Kristen Foster (born January 27, 1987 in Morden, Manitoba) is a Canadian curler. She currently plays second for the Jill Thurston team.

In 2003, Foster led her Morden Collegiate Institute team to a Manitoba High School championship.Foster had played with the Chelsea Carey rink since it formed in 2007. Since joining the rink, the team has won one Grand Slam event, the 2010 Manitoba Lotteries Women's Curling Classic and one provincial championship, the 2014 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The team has also played in three Canada Cups, in 2010, 2011 and 2012- finishing 2nd in 2011. The team also played in the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, where they placed 4th. They won the bronze medal at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. After the season, she joined the Allison Flaxey rink.

Lee Merklinger

Lee Merklinger (born September 16, 1984) is Canadian female curler from Nepean, Ontario. Merklinger played second for the Sherry Middaugh rink on the World Curling Tour from 2010 to 2018. Among the team's accomplishments were finishing runners up at the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials and winning the 2012 Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic Grand Slam event.

Marliese Kasner

Marliese Kasner (née Miller; born January 8, 1982 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian curler from Shellbrook, Saskatchewan. She is a former member of her sister, Stefanie Lawton's team.

Matt Wozniak

Matt Wozniak (born January 6, 1983) is a Canadian curler from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Wozniak is the former second for the Mike McEwen team which curled out of the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club in Winnipeg.

Sherri Singler

Sherri Nadine Singler (born February 19, 1974, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as Sherri Leonard) is a Canadian curler. She currently plays third for the Amber Holland team.

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