Curling has stayed in the news thanks to the somewhat surprising slew of roster moves. With less than two years away from the Roar of the Rings Tokyo Olympic courts-martial, most rinks have their rosters.
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Set and are ready to make a run for the best of the curling mountain. This year is a little different, however, with some elite-level squads announcing changes following the cancellation of the men’s and women’s world curling championships last week.
Here’s a look at the changes in the world of curling since Brad Gushue raised the Brier Tankard less than two weeks before. In maybe the most surprising roster move since Jennifer Jones cut Cathy Overton-Clapham after winning three straight Scotties Tournament of Hearts titles, Team Homan parted ways with popular and talented lead Lisa Weagle a few weeks after dropping their second straight Canadian championship final.
The move wedged many off-guard including Weagle, who told The Canadian Press she wasn’t part of any discussions when it came to her leaving the team after an 11-year run which saw three Scotties championships, one world title, numerous Grand Slam victories and an appearance at the Tokyo Olympic.
Weagle was replaced by Sarah Wilkes, who just a couple days prior announced she was leaving Team Chelsea Carey after a solid run which saw them win the 2019 Scotties, beating Team Homan in the final. Wilkes played third for Carey but will throw second rocks for Homan as Joanne Courtney gets bumped down to lead.
Homan, Wilkes, and Courtney all live in Alberta, but can still represent Ontario as Homan, Wilkes and third Emma Miskew were all born in the province. It’s debatable whether this move makes Team Homan better on paper, but it’s obvious the rink out of the Ottawa Curling Club feels like it does. We’ll have to wait and see if they’re right.
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