The Canadian Olympic Curling Trials will take place November 20-28 at the SaskTel Center in Saskatoon.
The winners of the men’s and women’s events will represent Canada at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.
Among those competing in the men’s competition is Scott Chadwick from Napanee, Ontario. Throw the lead stones for Team Horgan, based at the Cataraqui Curling Club in Kingston.
It is the first time that a Kingston team will participate in the Olympic trials.
“We’re going to come in like the losers and that’s fine with us,” Chadwick said.
The biggest names in curling will be in Saskatchewan for the eight-day competition.
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Jump tracks include John Epping, Brad Gushue, Brendan Bottcher, Kevin Koe, Brad Jacobs, Mike McEwen, Matt Dunstone, Jason Gunnlaugson, and Tanner Horgan.
“We weren’t intimidated in the least,” continued Chadwick, who won the 2019 Tankard with the jump Scott McDonald, Wesley Forget and Jonathan Beuk.
The team underwent a major shakeup as it prepared for the 2021-22 season.
McDonald left to look for other opportunities, so the Kingston track recruited Tanner Horgan from Sudbury. His brother Jacob joined the team also in fifth position full time.
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Tanner won three consecutive Northern Ontario youth titles between 2014 and 2016.
“Tanner and Jacob believe they can be the best in the world,” Chadwick continued. “We were catching them early in their careers, so we’ll see how long we can hold their skirts.”
Team Horgan qualified for Saskatoon by earning a spot in the Olympic Preliminary Trials in Liverpool, NS
The team has only been together for seven months and they have already made a name for themselves.
His mantra for the Olympic trials is “why not us, let’s believe”.
Team Horgan’s first game is against Kevin Koe. His track represented Canada at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea and was close to the podium. Koe lost the bronze medal match to Switzerland 7-5.
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