Canada’s Curling Champions
The women’s team, which hails from Winnipeg, and the men’s team, based in Sault Ste. Marie, dominated the Sochi Olympic curling events, setting records and capturing the hearts of millions of Canadians. Now Winnipeg Sun sports editor Ted Wyman shares the stories of Canada’s favourite curlers. With exclusive interviews and in-depth profiles, Ice Gold delves into each player’s beginnings in the sport, the formation of the teams, their road to the Olympics, and their gold-medal triumphs.Learn how Jennifer Jones and Jill Officer became an inseparable tandem after meeting at the Highlander Curling Club; how two brothers, E.J. and Ryan Harnden, and their cousin, Brad Jacobs, went from aspiring hockey players to gold-medal curlers; and how Mike Babcock’s inspiring words helped the men’s curling team out of their early Olympic slump.
Ted Wyman has been sports editor of the Winnipeg Sun since 2006 and has been with the sports department since 2003. He is a born and raised Manitoban who grew up as a sports fan in Winnipeg and now has 20 years of sports writing experience. Ted was in Sochi to witness both teams win gold during the 2014 Olympics and has followed the teams throughout their journey to the podium.
Glenn Howard is a four-time Canadian and four-time world curling champion. Glenn began his curling endeavours in 1972, and in 1985, he started playing on his brother Russ Howard’s team, until he began skipping his own team in 2000. Glenn has played in more games at the Brier than any other curler in history.