Rachel Homan doesn’t devise on holding off her third Scotties Tournament of Hearts championship ring anytime soon.
“It’s exciting. It’s fresh,” says a curling star, who captured her latest Canadian title in February. “Winning it 3 times we feel is a outrageous accomplishment.”
Three inhabitant titles in 5 Scotties appearances puts Homan in chosen company. But a newness of winning it all isn’t mislaid on a skip or her teammates, generally when it comes in such thespian fashion.
“To get behind to a tip and win it for a third time is something we’re unequivocally unapproachable of,” she says.
Homan’s course went on to a universe championship in Beijing and became a initial women’s group in story to go undefeated en track to winning gold.
Now Homan and association are reloading and environment their sights on winning a Canadian Olympic curling trials, that take place in their hometown of Ottawa in December.
After holding a month of May off to totally check out from a game, a group is behind in training mode and creation it transparent they wish to be wearing a maple root during subsequent year’s Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.
“There’s no doubt about it. We wish to be in that final and have a possibility to win that diversion and make a shot for a win to paint Canada in a Olympics,” Homan says.
The team has already mapped out what a subsequent few months will demeanour like heading adult to a Olympic trials, including examination plans, use times and what to eat.
Homan isn’t fearful of creation a team’s goals public.
“I consider we have to do that,” she says. “Everyone around we knows your goals. They’re there to support you. It helps pull we and motivate we when we unequivocally don’t wish to go to a gym.”
As many winning as a group has experienced, Homan admits she didn’t trust it was prepared to paint Canada during a Olympics until now.
“I consider we had a lot of flourishing and training to do,” she says.
The Olympic trials open Dec. 2 during Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre — a place Homan has visited many times, yet never utterly like this.
“It’s unequivocally something we would have never suspicion would happen, flourishing adult as a child in Ottawa going to Sens games, going to concerts during that arena, now going into it perplexing to paint Canada during a Olympics,” she says.
Homan says a group feeds off a appetite supposing by a fans and knows it’ll be during a opposite turn for a trials.
“We have so many support in Ottawa and we adore a home crowd,” Homan says.
“We’re vehement for December. We’re grateful for a opportunity. Canada 150. Ottawa. It’s unequivocally sparkling times for us and we’re not going to rubbish a event that presents itself.”
Reflecting on a Scotties final
In one of a many thespian Scotties championship games ever, Homan was means to come adult with dual game-saving doubles to explain feat in an additional finish over Manitoba’s Michelle Englot.
“One of a scariest games in my career, we think,” Homan says. “It was so heated and so good for curling.”
Homan says a approach a group was means to rope together in a many pressure-packed moments bodes good going into a trials, that are as stressful as any bonspiel they’ll play.
“To be means to hang with it and hang together as a group is something we’ll never forget.”
The skip says she and her teammates ready all off-season for moments like they gifted in a Scotties final.
“It’s some-more about a tour and routine previously that we learn about yourself. The training happens hopefully before we get to those moments. Then we can only let all happen.”
Now a group is behind in a use and prep mode, anticipating to constraint an Olympic event that so distant has eluded a group that’s won scarcely all else in a competition of curling.