This week, 18 teams will be in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba to compete in the first ever Canadian Mixed Doubles Olympic Trials. Following are interviews we did with three of the curlers participating in the Mixed Doubles Trials; Chelsea Carey, Brett Gallant and Reid Carruthers.
Less than a month ago, Chelsea Carey went undefeated in the round-robin portion of the Canadian Olympic Trials only to lose in the final to Team Homan. Carey gets a second chance at becoming an Olympian in Portage competing alongside Colin Hodgson of Team Carruthers.
Brett Gallant is coming off a strong 2017 calendar year that saw him win his first Brier and World Championship. He and Jocelyn Peterman are in Portage looking to find the form they had when they won the Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship in 2016.
Reid Carruthers, a reigning Canadian champion and World Championship silver medalist in mixed doubles, joined us a few weeks ago to discuss the Mixed Doubles Trials and adapting to a new partner in Jill Officer after his usual partner, Joanne Courtney, qualified for the Olympics with Team Homan.
(Photo credit: Carey and Gallant – Curling Canada, Carruthers – Curling Zone)