Friday, December 19, 2014

Homan hoping to follow Jones’ lead

Rachel Homan intends to continue Canada’s curling dominance on the world stage.
On the heels of Jennifer Jones’ 11-0 run in Sochi to claim an Olympic gold medal for Canada, Homan would love to roll through the women’s world championship to a title in Saint John, N.B. starting tomorrow.

Homan and her Ottawa teammates boast their own unbeaten record domestically from the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal, where they went 13-0 en route to a second-straight Canadian title last month.
“Jones went undefeated. So did we,” Homan noted.
“We’re hoping to do the same thing at worlds and have a clean sweep for Canada.
“That would be a great ending to this year,” she added.
Canadian women also claimed this year’s world junior title in Flims, Switzerland, where Edmonton’s Kelsey Rocque defeated South Korea’s Kyeong-Ae Kim 6-4 in early March.
Homan, third Emma Miskew, second Alison Kreviazuk, and lead Lisa Weagle open their world title bid tomorrow against Russia’s Anna Sidorova.
Homan was a shot away from reaching last year’s world championship final in Riga, Latvia.
With the score tied and Homan with hammer coming home, she missed a double take-out attempt to give Scotland’s Eve Muirhead the steal of a point and an 8-7 victory.
The Canadians then defeated Erika Brown of the U.S. for a bronze medal in their world championship debut.
“We were one shot short. That happens in sport,” Homan reasoned.
“[But] I 100 percent believe you learn so much more from losses than from wins,” she added.
“It’s hard to swallow at first, but when you can step back and reflect on that, the lessons you learn are invaluable.”
The Homan foursome had more time to prepare for this year’s world championship in Saint John than they did for the tournament in Riga, although weather delayed their travel to both destinations.
A snowstorm grounded them in the Frankfurt airport for 30 hours en route to the Latvian capital last year.
Their flight yesterday from Halifax to Saint John was cancelled, so the team drove the final 410 km of the journey—announcing their arrival on Twitter.
This year’s Scotties was held earlier than usual due to the Winter Olympics. As such, Homan and company had almost five weeks to prepare for this world championship instead of the usual 19 days after securing the Canadian title.
“Going overseas and travelling six time zones is not ideal,” Homan noted.
“This year, it’s much better. We’re on home soil.”

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