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It's official: Korab's rejoining Gushue and Nichols; Fry coming from Manitoba to complete team

Jamie Korab has rejoined his former Olympic curling mates, Brad Gushue and Mark Nichols, a year after a nasty split led to plenty of animosity between the three.

As first reported in The Telegram Monday, Korab and Winnipeg's Ryan Fry are the latest members of the Gushue team, replacing Dave Noftall and Chris Schille at lead and second.

Canadian lead Jamie Korab celebrates with skip Brad Gushue (right) and third Mark Nichols after their gold-medal win in the men's curling competition at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy. A year after a nasty split that led to plenty of animo

Jamie Korab has rejoined his former Olympic curling mates, Brad Gushue and Mark Nichols, a year after a nasty split led to plenty of animosity between the three.

As first reported in The Telegram Monday, Korab and Winnipeg's Ryan Fry are the latest members of the Gushue team, replacing Dave Noftall and Chris Schille at lead and second.

Korab curled junior with Gushue and Nichols, and was fifth on their 2001 world junior championship team. In '05, he was part of the Olympic gold medal team and went all the way to the Brier final with the two last year.

But shortly after the Hamilton Brier, Korab was abruptly cut, leading to a hail of criticism aimed at Gushue.

The split, however, was shortlived and now the three want to make this curling relationship work again.

"He wasn't putting the time in (at practice)," Gushue said of Korab, "which essentially is the reason we made the move.

"But maybe a year off gave him the motivation he needed."

Gushue has always considered Korab a world-class lead.

"But you still need to put in the time and effort," Gushue said. "The talent never leaves. It's the work ethic and desire that is the first to go."

It wasn't a banner season for the Gushue team, which lost a tie-breaker at the Tim Hortons Brier, went 2-3 at three of four Grand Slam events on the World Curling Tour and lost a tie-breaker in the fourth Slam.

It was less of a year for Korab. Curling with Mark Noseworthy out of St. John's, the team failed to reach the Labatt Tankard final. Korab also curled with Guy Hemmings in a few spiels, but didn't record any noteworthy finishes.

"I'm pumped," Korab said. "I can't wait to get going again."

Korab admits he let his training slip the season following the Olympics. But, he said, things will be different this season.

"Once Tiger Woods got to be No. 1, he had to work harder because everyone was gunning for him," Korab said.

As for him rejoining the team, after the ill feelings last year, Korab admits it will take some time to heal all wounds.

"Our first meeting, I wouldn't call it uncomfortable but you didn't know if it was going to work out or not work out," he said.

"It will take a little time. You can't just kiss and make up and everything is normal again."

Fry, 29, hopes to move to St. John's by June 1.

He curled third with Jeff Stoughton the past two years and prior to that skipped his own teams. He was an all-star second at the 2007 Brier and finished runner-up at the 1996 national juniors.

He has no trouble throwing second stones.

"Not at all. The way the sport is now, you need four top players ... i.e. Kevin Martin's team," Fry said.

"The challenge is to do as much as we can with what we have. And we have a good, strong pool of talent here."

rshort@thetelegram.com

Organizations: World Curling Tour

Geographic location: Manitoba, Winnipeg, St. John's

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  • rex
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    David you are probaly right they really don't care. Maybe that's their problem. Y pick up a mike Adam, He is only a 4 rate curler.. It would ruin team chemistry. Who was he playing for when NL won the right to go to the Olympics . Not Brad and Mark no,no no,...can't be. Man team chemistry is not just an High school subject..and its not what Brad the ego tripper is all about either..Have a nice day but don't give Mike any credit...

  • DB
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    It's only curling not a romance novel.

  • rex
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    DB your right its not a romance novel. Go on Brad sock it to em if they get out of line . It doesn't mean anything, its not a romance novel where eveything is real.

  • Curling
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Way to go boys, bring er home again

  • rex
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    David you may be right that Russ was there at the trials. I thought he was picked up after they won the right to go to the Olympics. If you are right than I agree with you. My understanding was that after the trials Mike agreed to step back for Russ. My mistake and i appolgise

  • Glen
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    This is not as romance novel, but like every other sport, there IS drama. Korab's return is absolutely excellent. Team Gushue will have to work hard to ensure the team chemistry is 100%. Do that, and the Olympics can be a reality again.

  • Great
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Great to see this issue get resolved and have the boys back together.

    I think this will be a great team if they can gel in time for the fall. The skill is there but we will have to wait for the chemistry. This is the strongest team yet for this group.

    There are some wounds to heal but maybe the past year is a learning experience for everyone. They can only get better and grow together.

    Almost makes you wish for Fall/Winter 2009 so we can see how this team does.. ALMOST...

    Go get them and Good luck

    Great Day

  • Rex
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Everybody seems so happy that Brad has accepted Jamie back as long as he keeps his nose clean and mouth shut, but what about Mike Adam thegentleman's Gentleman? don't anybody care. Brad you will not get the NL fan support until you correct this other blunder of yours.

  • Don
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Excellent move Brad. I like this new/old make up much better. Can't wait to see you guys play next year.

  • Jim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    They need some depth of experience on the ice.

    It is unlikely Russ Howard would come back, byt their former coach, Toby MacDonald would be an excellent choice to join the team on the ice.

    Brad plays his best with an experienced older curler to bounce ideas off and make the practical shot instaed of the riskier big shots.

    It's about balance.

    Good for you Jamie, glad you are back, the Heart and soul of the team.

  • Leah
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Brad, it's great Jamie is joining your team again, but, please, can't you try to lighten up just a little bit ?
    You're not some top brass in the army or anything, making life and death decisions. Even Rick Hillier smiled and laughed with his troops for heaven's sake !
    Don't be so serious all the time.
    Enjoy the game and especially your
    team mates. In the long haul, and in the grand scheme of things, how important is it....it's just curling !!!

  • kma
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Where are all you people who threw Brad to the dogs because of the decision he made last year !!! What will you find to complain about now !!! Shame on you for your comments.

    Way to go Brad. Enjoyed watching you at Mile One last week. Can't wait to see what next year brings.

  • Dan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Kudos to Brad for realizing his misatke and correcting it. I guess Chris's mouth did get him in trouble after all.

  • Gold again
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Glad to hear the news, boys!! You'll all be better men for the ordeal.

    I'm really happy for you all!

  • David
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Rex...to set you straight, Mike Adam was the fifth player when they won the right to go to the Oympics. And yes Team chemistry is important but do you add Mike Adam, who is a great guy and a pretty good culrer, but most in know will tell you is not an elite curler just because he is a nice guy and good for team chemistry?. And staying with chemistry, it also means knowing the other guys on your team and knowing when to say when. Kevin Martin's team know they can have input but when Kevin makes the decison, that's it, it's done. Mark Nichols knows this about Brad and Korab now apparently knows it as well.

  • D
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    IT'S A GREAT DAY FOR CURLING IN NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR, KORAB IS NOW BACK WHERE HE SHOULD BE & HAVE EARNED THE RIGHT TO BE. KORAB, YOUR A BETTER MAN FOR ACCEPTING THAN REJECTING.
    WE HOPE NOW THAT BRAD & HIS TEAM HAVE A BETTER YEAR NEXT YEAR.
    GO-TEAM

  • David
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    Rex, regarding your first comment, Brad AND Mark don't care about you naysayers, they just want to win, so they're not just gonna pick up Mike Adam so all you guys will go ahhhhhhhh. isn't that nice.

  • rex
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    David you are probaly right they really don't care. Maybe that's their problem. Y pick up a mike Adam, He is only a 4 rate curler.. It would ruin team chemistry. Who was he playing for when NL won the right to go to the Olympics . Not Brad and Mark no,no no,...can't be. Man team chemistry is not just an High school subject..and its not what Brad the ego tripper is all about either..Have a nice day but don't give Mike any credit...

  • DB
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    It's only curling not a romance novel.

  • rex
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    DB your right its not a romance novel. Go on Brad sock it to em if they get out of line . It doesn't mean anything, its not a romance novel where eveything is real.

  • Curling
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    Way to go boys, bring er home again

  • rex
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    David you may be right that Russ was there at the trials. I thought he was picked up after they won the right to go to the Olympics. If you are right than I agree with you. My understanding was that after the trials Mike agreed to step back for Russ. My mistake and i appolgise

  • Glen
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    This is not as romance novel, but like every other sport, there IS drama. Korab's return is absolutely excellent. Team Gushue will have to work hard to ensure the team chemistry is 100%. Do that, and the Olympics can be a reality again.

  • Great
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    Great to see this issue get resolved and have the boys back together.

    I think this will be a great team if they can gel in time for the fall. The skill is there but we will have to wait for the chemistry. This is the strongest team yet for this group.

    There are some wounds to heal but maybe the past year is a learning experience for everyone. They can only get better and grow together.

    Almost makes you wish for Fall/Winter 2009 so we can see how this team does.. ALMOST...

    Go get them and Good luck

    Great Day

  • Rex
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Everybody seems so happy that Brad has accepted Jamie back as long as he keeps his nose clean and mouth shut, but what about Mike Adam thegentleman's Gentleman? don't anybody care. Brad you will not get the NL fan support until you correct this other blunder of yours.

  • Don
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    Excellent move Brad. I like this new/old make up much better. Can't wait to see you guys play next year.

  • Jim
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    They need some depth of experience on the ice.

    It is unlikely Russ Howard would come back, byt their former coach, Toby MacDonald would be an excellent choice to join the team on the ice.

    Brad plays his best with an experienced older curler to bounce ideas off and make the practical shot instaed of the riskier big shots.

    It's about balance.

    Good for you Jamie, glad you are back, the Heart and soul of the team.

  • Leah
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Brad, it's great Jamie is joining your team again, but, please, can't you try to lighten up just a little bit ?
    You're not some top brass in the army or anything, making life and death decisions. Even Rick Hillier smiled and laughed with his troops for heaven's sake !
    Don't be so serious all the time.
    Enjoy the game and especially your
    team mates. In the long haul, and in the grand scheme of things, how important is it....it's just curling !!!

  • kma
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Where are all you people who threw Brad to the dogs because of the decision he made last year !!! What will you find to complain about now !!! Shame on you for your comments.

    Way to go Brad. Enjoyed watching you at Mile One last week. Can't wait to see what next year brings.

  • Dan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    Kudos to Brad for realizing his misatke and correcting it. I guess Chris's mouth did get him in trouble after all.

  • Gold again
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    Glad to hear the news, boys!! You'll all be better men for the ordeal.

    I'm really happy for you all!

  • David
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Rex...to set you straight, Mike Adam was the fifth player when they won the right to go to the Oympics. And yes Team chemistry is important but do you add Mike Adam, who is a great guy and a pretty good culrer, but most in know will tell you is not an elite curler just because he is a nice guy and good for team chemistry?. And staying with chemistry, it also means knowing the other guys on your team and knowing when to say when. Kevin Martin's team know they can have input but when Kevin makes the decison, that's it, it's done. Mark Nichols knows this about Brad and Korab now apparently knows it as well.

  • D
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    IT'S A GREAT DAY FOR CURLING IN NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR, KORAB IS NOW BACK WHERE HE SHOULD BE & HAVE EARNED THE RIGHT TO BE. KORAB, YOUR A BETTER MAN FOR ACCEPTING THAN REJECTING.
    WE HOPE NOW THAT BRAD & HIS TEAM HAVE A BETTER YEAR NEXT YEAR.
    GO-TEAM

  • David
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    Rex, regarding your first comment, Brad AND Mark don't care about you naysayers, they just want to win, so they're not just gonna pick up Mike Adam so all you guys will go ahhhhhhhh. isn't that nice.