WHITBY, Ont. — After having a front-row seat to an incredible year of curling, Cheryl Kreviazuk is back on the ice this week.
Kreviazuk is the only curler this week at the Whitby Curling Club looking to make a second consecutive appearance at the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts. But this time she is doing so playing a regular shift, throwing second stones for Hollie Duncan.
She is better known as the upbeat, helpful fifth player and friend to Rachel Homan and her team which won a national and world championship in 2017 before qualifying for the Winter Olympics.
Kreviazuk, who was also Team Homan’s alternate in 2015 and whose sister Alison played with them until 2014, joined them for the nationals in St. Catharines and from there, the worlds in Beijing. She played her key supporting role in the Roar of the Rings last month in her native Ottawa, even though she was advised before the tournament that she did not meet Curling Canada’s criteria to be the fifth player in South Korea. Still, she enjoyed every minute.
“It was pretty incredible,” she said. “It was an opportunity of a lifetime playing with Team Homan. I’m extremely thankful for everything that they’ve done for me. I had a lot of great experiences.”
Curling Canada announced earlier this week that 2010 Olympic silver medallist and TSN analyst Cheryl Bernard will serve as Homan’s fifth player. While there was an incredible showing of support for Kreviazuk and backlash for the decision on social media, Kreviazuk was supportive of Bernard.
“She is an absolute beauty,” she said. “She’s a great thrower. She’s a motivational speaker. She will fit in extremely well.”
So Kreviazuk, 25, rejoined Duncan, who she played with last season. Lead Karen Sagle also played with them last season while third Stephanie LeDrew joined the team this season.
“I’ve known Hollie for several years. I played with her last year,” she said. “We’re a solid team and we’ve had a lot of success this year.”
On Thursday, Kreviazuk and her team were facing elimination after losing 10-5 to Chrissy Cadorin but scored a 9-6 win over Hailey Armstrong in the first C event game, eliminating Armstrong’s team from the event.
Kreviazuk’s other sister, Lynn, who played with Homan in the bantam and junior ranks, is also in the field, throwing second stones for Alison Flaxey, who earned their way to Friday morning’s A event final with a 9-2 win over Heather Heggestad. She will face Danielle Inglis who defeated Jacqueline Harrison 8-6. The A winner proceeds to the Page 1-2 game on Saturday.
Still alive in the B event with one loss are Cadorin, Cathy Auld, Sherry Middaugh and Julie Tippin. Katelyn Wasylkiw and Kirsten Marshall will be looking to extend their stay on Friday afternoon.
The winner of the B event also advances to the Page 1-2 game while two teams from the C event will play the Page 3-4 game.
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