Gushue finishes strong at Grey Power

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He fell short of reaching the final in the first Grand Slam event of the curling season, but Brad Gushue is buoyed by his team's showing at the Grey Power World Cup of Curling, particularly given its poor start in the Mississauga, Ont. event.

"Based on the way things started," Gushue said Sunday, "you have to be happy with the way we finished. The first four games, I think, showed our lack of practice.

Brad Gushue delivers a stone during the Grey Power World Cup of Curling in Mississauga, Ont. this week. Gushue, Ryan Fry, Mark Nichols and Jamie Korab got off to a rough start but bounced back to make it all the way to the semifinals at the last big tuneu

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He fell short of reaching the final in the first Grand Slam event of the curling season, but Brad Gushue is buoyed by his team's showing at the Grey Power World Cup of Curling, particularly given its poor start in the Mississauga, Ont. event.

"Based on the way things started," Gushue said Sunday, "you have to be happy with the way we finished. The first four games, I think, showed our lack of practice.

"Once we got the first win under our belt, got comfortable with the ice and rocks, we put together three or four really good games."

Gushue, Mark Nichols, Ryan Fry and Jamie Korab from the Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club in St. John's were bounced from the semifinals Saturday, losing 6-4 to Kevin Koe's Edmonton team. Koe got off to a quick start with two in the first end, and led 4-2 after four ends.

That came after a big quarter-final win by Gushue, 8-2 over Kevin Martin of Edmonton.

Gushue opened the World Cup with two straight losses, 4-3 to Minnesota's John Shuster and 7-1 to Germany's Andy Kapp. He rebounded with a 6-5 decision over Ralph Stoeckli of Switzerland, but dropped the next game 4-1 to eventual World Cup winner Glenn Howard of Ontario.

However, Gushue clawed back with wins over Dave Murdoch of Scotland (6-2) and Ulrik Schmidt of Denmark (9-4) to secure a playoff berth.

The World Cup was the last big tuneup for the Gushue foursome prior to the Canadian Olympic Pre-Trials Nov. 10-14 in Prince George, B.C.

Twelve men's and 12 women's teams will look to be among four men's and four women's teams qualifying for the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, the Canadian Olympic Trials Dec. 6-13 in Edmonton.

The winners of the Trials will represent Canada in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

Gushue, Nichols and Korab are the reigning Olympic gold medallists.

"I'm pretty comfortable with the way we're playing," said Gushue, whose team is 30-8 on the World Curling Tour this season. "When we're playing well, we're as good as anyone.

"When we play like that (through the early going at the World Cup), anybody can beat us."

So, he says, it's all a matter of gaining some consistency. That starts with practice, and between now and Nov. 10, the team plans on throwing a lot of rocks at Bally Haly.

"We've been to five cashspiels, so there's been little time for practice," he said. "There are some technical issues. When you're at five events, you're trying to make the shots, as opposed to working on fundamentals."

Gushue, Nichols, Fry and Korab, however, will be competing this weekend at the Bally Haly cashspiel.

Howard's Coldwater, Ont. team won the World Cup with a 6-4 victory over Koe.

With the win, Howard has won the Grand Slam of Curling event for the fourth year in a row, and he's beaten Koe in each of the past three finals.

Overall, Howard has won five of the past seven Grand Slam of Curling events.

Meanwhile, Heather Strong and her St. John's women's team sponsored by Rodrigues Winery returned from the $60,000 32-team Manitoba Lotteries Curling Classic in Winnipeg winless.

Strong, Cathy Cunningham, Laura Strong and Peg Goss lost 5-3 to Heather Nedohin of Edmonton, 6-4 to Winnipeg's Lisa Bixhavn and 7-4 to Kim Link, also of Winnipeg.

The Strong foursome will also compete in the Bally Haly cashspiel this weekend.

rshort@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Grey Power, Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club, World Curling Tour Manitoba Lotteries Curling Classic

Geographic location: Edmonton, St. John's, Mississauga Minnesota Germany Switzerland Winnipeg Ontario Scotland Denmark Prince George Canada Vancouver Coldwater

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  • James
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    Here we go again with the Brad Gushue love fest. I don't know if I can stomach another winter of that, may have to cancel my Telegram subscription just to keep me from getting sick everymorning!!

    We need a hockey back here again so we have something new to read!! The sports section has the same topics every freakin week!!!

  • Aphonsus
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Great post Telling it like it is.........I think you echoed an opinion that is felt by many. Too many athletes went unnoticed for accolades and granted the boys won olympic gold, but it was a little too much.

    John Slaney and Norris both scored game winning goals to clinch World Jr. championships. There isn't even a Slaney jersey hung at O'heir Arena. Doesn't make sense.

  • NewfieBoy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    Bert...what is your problem??? Team Gushue is one of the top ranked teams in the WORLD. Why are you busting their chops?? Curling is a professional sport and changes are needed to make the team better. Unfortuantely, Mike Adams was released to make the team stronger. Every professional sport does it, why can't Team Gushue!

    You should be proud of their accomplishments - they are representing our province ( & country) with pride!

    Keep going Team Gushue...bring another Gold Medal back to the Rock!!!

  • Bert
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Nice to see the way they finished, now hopefully they will keep it up and continue to lose the rest of their games this season!!! By the way Gushue was 11th among skips I liked that very much too. It all comes back eventually. Hopefully Mike Adam will get a chance to trounce him, Jamie and Mark soon. Friends like them who needs enemies!!!

  • Dan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Good points folks but Gushue did win a gold medal on the worlds largest stage....and in a sport that takes years to get there, he did it at such a young age. Yes, there are wagon jumpers but he and his team deserved everything that came and is coming their way. A more pure role model and talent this province may never see again. Go get 'em Brad! We are proud to call you ours!!!

  • Andrew
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    good job Telling it Like it is. you are so right with all you said. I don't understand why it was only him who got the Honorary Doctorate....the team won gold didn't they?
    And from what I hear people say about Big Head Brad, is that he is a arrogant a-hole. Was to go Brad....keep that Gap shirt tucked in!

  • Chuck
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    To Telling it like it is:

    Norris played in the 1994 Olympics, not 1992. The Olympic hockey wasn't covered as widely back then because the NHL players didn't play.

    To Alphonsus:

    Scoring a game winning goal to win the World Jr. Championship is not nearly as big as winning an Olympic gold medal. Slaney and Norris both had great careers. Besides that times have changed since the early 90's.

    I'm not a huge curling or Brad Gushue fan, but you can't take away the fact that they won an Olympic gold medal.

  • Telling it Like
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Here's the problem I have with Brad Gushue - Nothing.

    I knew the guy in high school, he was a nice a guy, hung around with the preppy, GAP crowd, always had his shirt tucked in.

    What do I have the problem with? Everyone else aka the Brad Gushue Bandwagon.

    Okay, Brad Gushue comes back with a gold medal and suddenly, everyone lines up to congratulate him with ceremonies and accolades. Now while I probably won't be able to list them all, here is a summary of what Team Gushue received upon arriving in St. John's.

    Honorary Doctorates (to a 26 year old?)
    Highway naming
    Street naming in two areas of Mount Pearl
    St. John's Curling aka. Team Gushue complex
    Appointed honoary head of a few charities

    The only awards I won't rain on is the 2006 Team of the Year, they deserved that along with their awarding of the Order of Newfoundland - congratulations!

    Everything else, was a chain reaction. If one company was going to name something after Team Gushue, someone else had to. The very fact that Memorial University felt it necessary to award a 26 year old with an honorary doctorate, something that is reserved for those who contributed a lifetime of achievements and hard work, I found very laughable. The more sensible thing would have been to have waited about 20 years, to give Team Gushue a few more chances to win more gold medals and briers.

    But no, this guy generated as much media buzz in Newfoundland as a Britney Spears or Paris Hilton and people grew tired of hearing about him because everyone wanted a piece of Brad Gushue.

    In closing, it is in my opinion that a few months after winnnig a gold medal and returning home, Brad Gushue must of had one huge hickey on his rear end because everyone in corporate Newfoundland and Labrador had been getting down on one knee and puckering up.

    FYI Dwayne Norris, a St. John's native plays in the 1992 Lillehammer Winter Olympics on the Canadians Men's hockey team, returns home with a silver medal and received absolutely nothing. No accolades, no congratulations, from anyone.

    I guess there are no points for second place.

  • James
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Here we go again with the Brad Gushue love fest. I don't know if I can stomach another winter of that, may have to cancel my Telegram subscription just to keep me from getting sick everymorning!!

    We need a hockey back here again so we have something new to read!! The sports section has the same topics every freakin week!!!

  • Aphonsus
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Great post Telling it like it is.........I think you echoed an opinion that is felt by many. Too many athletes went unnoticed for accolades and granted the boys won olympic gold, but it was a little too much.

    John Slaney and Norris both scored game winning goals to clinch World Jr. championships. There isn't even a Slaney jersey hung at O'heir Arena. Doesn't make sense.

  • NewfieBoy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    Bert...what is your problem??? Team Gushue is one of the top ranked teams in the WORLD. Why are you busting their chops?? Curling is a professional sport and changes are needed to make the team better. Unfortuantely, Mike Adams was released to make the team stronger. Every professional sport does it, why can't Team Gushue!

    You should be proud of their accomplishments - they are representing our province ( & country) with pride!

    Keep going Team Gushue...bring another Gold Medal back to the Rock!!!

  • Bert
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    Nice to see the way they finished, now hopefully they will keep it up and continue to lose the rest of their games this season!!! By the way Gushue was 11th among skips I liked that very much too. It all comes back eventually. Hopefully Mike Adam will get a chance to trounce him, Jamie and Mark soon. Friends like them who needs enemies!!!

  • Dan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    Good points folks but Gushue did win a gold medal on the worlds largest stage....and in a sport that takes years to get there, he did it at such a young age. Yes, there are wagon jumpers but he and his team deserved everything that came and is coming their way. A more pure role model and talent this province may never see again. Go get 'em Brad! We are proud to call you ours!!!

  • Andrew
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    good job Telling it Like it is. you are so right with all you said. I don't understand why it was only him who got the Honorary Doctorate....the team won gold didn't they?
    And from what I hear people say about Big Head Brad, is that he is a arrogant a-hole. Was to go Brad....keep that Gap shirt tucked in!

  • Chuck
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    To Telling it like it is:

    Norris played in the 1994 Olympics, not 1992. The Olympic hockey wasn't covered as widely back then because the NHL players didn't play.

    To Alphonsus:

    Scoring a game winning goal to win the World Jr. Championship is not nearly as big as winning an Olympic gold medal. Slaney and Norris both had great careers. Besides that times have changed since the early 90's.

    I'm not a huge curling or Brad Gushue fan, but you can't take away the fact that they won an Olympic gold medal.

  • Telling it Like
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Here's the problem I have with Brad Gushue - Nothing.

    I knew the guy in high school, he was a nice a guy, hung around with the preppy, GAP crowd, always had his shirt tucked in.

    What do I have the problem with? Everyone else aka the Brad Gushue Bandwagon.

    Okay, Brad Gushue comes back with a gold medal and suddenly, everyone lines up to congratulate him with ceremonies and accolades. Now while I probably won't be able to list them all, here is a summary of what Team Gushue received upon arriving in St. John's.

    Honorary Doctorates (to a 26 year old?)
    Highway naming
    Street naming in two areas of Mount Pearl
    St. John's Curling aka. Team Gushue complex
    Appointed honoary head of a few charities

    The only awards I won't rain on is the 2006 Team of the Year, they deserved that along with their awarding of the Order of Newfoundland - congratulations!

    Everything else, was a chain reaction. If one company was going to name something after Team Gushue, someone else had to. The very fact that Memorial University felt it necessary to award a 26 year old with an honorary doctorate, something that is reserved for those who contributed a lifetime of achievements and hard work, I found very laughable. The more sensible thing would have been to have waited about 20 years, to give Team Gushue a few more chances to win more gold medals and briers.

    But no, this guy generated as much media buzz in Newfoundland as a Britney Spears or Paris Hilton and people grew tired of hearing about him because everyone wanted a piece of Brad Gushue.

    In closing, it is in my opinion that a few months after winnnig a gold medal and returning home, Brad Gushue must of had one huge hickey on his rear end because everyone in corporate Newfoundland and Labrador had been getting down on one knee and puckering up.

    FYI Dwayne Norris, a St. John's native plays in the 1992 Lillehammer Winter Olympics on the Canadians Men's hockey team, returns home with a silver medal and received absolutely nothing. No accolades, no congratulations, from anyone.

    I guess there are no points for second place.