Autumn Gold Curling Classic Oct 11, 2021 6:12:45 GMT
Post by Admin on Oct 11, 2021 6:12:45 GMT
Autumn Gold Curling Classic - Einarson VS. Fleury
Pre-trials are coming.
So are the trials themselves.
And only one of Canada’s many, many world-class teams can carry the country’s colours at the 2022 Beijing Games in February.
“It would be an absolute dream come true and an absolute honour to wear that Maple Leaf on our backs,” said reigning Canadian women’s champion Kerri Einarson. “We’re going to give it our all out there. This is what we’ve been working the last four years so hard for.”
Every top-shelf team — and then some — feels the same way with the Olympic trials set to determine the Canadian rep a little over a month away.
Those that have already scored invites are all preparing hard for the Nov. 20-28 adventure in Saskatoon.
“It’s definitely ramped up — it just feels like there’s a lot more on the line from git-go,” said 2018 Alberta champ Casey Scheidegger, whose Lethbridge team has been in curling mode since August. “I find in the Olympic year, we tend to try to start a little earlier just to get a few more reps in before the trials. We started six weeks ago. We’ve been devoting more time to practising and being together.”
Cue the Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic, the annual World Curling Tour stop for women’s rinks at the Calgary Curling Club.
It was busy Saturday with all 32 teams on the go for Day 2 — many of them laser-focused on what lies ahead at the Olympic trials. The event, which features at least 10 international-renowned teams, runs through Thanksgiving Monday.
“This is really important for us to be able to have these higher-level games, considering we’re not in the Grand Slams this year, so this event in itself is really important for us to get some good competition in,” said Scheidegger, whose team hasn’t had the game-schedule others have enjoyed during these COVID-ravaged times for a number of reasons — including herself and fellow rink members Cary-Anne McTaggart and Jessie Haughian becoming mothers for the first or second time.