Qualifier for Olympic trials
CHARLOTTETOWN – Twenty-four teams will be looking to take a step closer to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, when the 2013 Capital One Road to the Roar Pre-Trials gets underway in Kitchener, Ont., on Nov. 5.
P.E.I. curling fans will have four Islanders to watch at the event, which is presented by Monsanto.
Twelve teams of each gender will compete for two berths in the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials in Winnipeg from Dec. 1 to 8. The trials will decide Canada’s men’s and women’s teams in Sochi.
On the men’s side, Brett Gallant of Charlottetown and Adam Casey of Seven Mile Bay are on the Brad Gushue rink out of St. John’s, N.L. Gushue was Olympic champ in 2006. The women’s event has two Summerside natives – Geri-Lynn Ramsay on the Crystal Webster rink out of Calgary, and Erin Carmody of the Laura Crocker team from Edmonton.
Carmody played third stone on the Webster rink the past two seasons, and threw fourth stones on Kathy O’Rourke’s rink that brought P.E.I. a silver-medal finish at the 2010 Scotties.
“(Carmody is) a proven top-level player, and we expect her to fit right into the lineup as we attempt to win the right to represent Canada at the Winter Olympics in Sochi,” said Crocker.