Gushue has one last life at Olympic pre-trials

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Brad Gushue is also down to his last life in his attempt to defend the Olympic men's curling gold medal he won in Torino in 2006.

Gushue - the third seed in the 12-team men's division - lost 7-6 to Edmonton's Ted Appelman at the Road to the Roar pre-trials in Prince George, B.C., Thursday afternoon, dropping him and his St. John's rink to the event's C side, where they'll need to win three in a row to have a shot at representing Canada at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

Brad Gushue is also down to his last life in his attempt to defend the Olympic men's curling gold medal he won in Torino in 2006.

Gushue - the third seed in the 12-team men's division - lost 7-6 to Edmonton's Ted Appelman at the Road to the Roar pre-trials in Prince George, B.C., Thursday afternoon, dropping him and his St. John's rink to the event's C side, where they'll need to win three in a row to have a shot at representing Canada at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

Appelman stole two points in the 10th end for the win.

Gushue and his team of Mark Nichols, Ryan Fry and Jamie Korab take on Quebec's Jean-Michel Menard this afternoon, with the loser eliminated from any chance of advancing to the Olympic trials next month in Edmonton.

The pre-trials is being played under a triple-knockout system, meaning three losses sends you home. Gushue, who beat Richmond, B.C.'s Greg McAulay in his opening game, lost 10-7 to Pat Simmons of Davidson, Sask., late Wednesday.

Four men's and four women's teams will advance from Prince George to the Olympic trials, which will involve eight rinks of each gender. Four male and four female teams have already qualified for Edmonton and didn't need to play in the pre-trials.

Heading into Thursday night's games in Prince George, there was one team that had already guaranteed itself a spot in Edmonton. That was Crystal Webster's Calgary rink, which beat top-seeded Kelly Scott - a two-time Scotties champion - 9-7 in the women's A side final.

Geographic location: Edmonton, Prince George, Torino St. John's Canada Vancouver Quebec Richmond Davidson Sask. Calgary

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  • Frank M
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    It is a highly competitive sport and it is not the same team Gushue.

    It's going to be tight.

  • Sam
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Just more proof that Gushue's gold medal was a fluke; a very rewarding fluke, but a fluke all the same. Shades of Jack McDuff.

  • Curling Fan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    There was no fluke in winning an Olympic Gold Medal. They played and beat the best curlers in the world to represent Canada.

    Team Gushue usually play their best curling when their backs are against the wall, and will make it to Edmonton.

    I wish people would stop the Gushue bashing! They are one of the top curling teams in the world.

  • Telling it Like it is
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    I hope Gushue makes it, however if he doesn't, it will be okay.

    Afterall, the way the media kissed his rear end after 2006, there are not many options left to celebrate other than renaming the province to Team Gushue.

  • Johnny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    I wish I could fluke my way to an Olympic Gold medal!!

    Give your heads a shake NL'ers. Any other province would love to have these great players representing them. All you do is try to cut them down and wish the worst upon them. Shame on you.

  • Joanne
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Sure hope that Team Gushue are not eliminated and make it to Edmonton.
    Maybe they are trying too hard because Brad is kind of demanding and serious.
    He's probably making his Team members feel too pressured, which would make them nervous and make mistakes.
    However, they are excellent curlers.
    If they lose, who will Brad blame this time? It's never himself.

  • Eli
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    I'll be watching this afternoon.I wish the team well but keep asking myself how much longer can Brad say his team hasn't reached it's potential yet.

  • Danny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    He was on the news this mourning and said about a hogged rock, who hogged the rock. Was it the great Brad Gushue !

  • Frank M
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    It is a highly competitive sport and it is not the same team Gushue.

    It's going to be tight.

  • Sam
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Just more proof that Gushue's gold medal was a fluke; a very rewarding fluke, but a fluke all the same. Shades of Jack McDuff.

  • Curling Fan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    There was no fluke in winning an Olympic Gold Medal. They played and beat the best curlers in the world to represent Canada.

    Team Gushue usually play their best curling when their backs are against the wall, and will make it to Edmonton.

    I wish people would stop the Gushue bashing! They are one of the top curling teams in the world.

  • Telling it Like it is
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    I hope Gushue makes it, however if he doesn't, it will be okay.

    Afterall, the way the media kissed his rear end after 2006, there are not many options left to celebrate other than renaming the province to Team Gushue.

  • Johnny
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    I wish I could fluke my way to an Olympic Gold medal!!

    Give your heads a shake NL'ers. Any other province would love to have these great players representing them. All you do is try to cut them down and wish the worst upon them. Shame on you.

  • Joanne
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    Sure hope that Team Gushue are not eliminated and make it to Edmonton.
    Maybe they are trying too hard because Brad is kind of demanding and serious.
    He's probably making his Team members feel too pressured, which would make them nervous and make mistakes.
    However, they are excellent curlers.
    If they lose, who will Brad blame this time? It's never himself.

  • Eli
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    I'll be watching this afternoon.I wish the team well but keep asking myself how much longer can Brad say his team hasn't reached it's potential yet.

  • Danny
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    He was on the news this mourning and said about a hogged rock, who hogged the rock. Was it the great Brad Gushue !