December 9, 2013

Men’s and women’s teams officially nominated to represent Canada in Sochi

WINNIPEG – Today, the Canadian Curling Association announced their ten athletes who are formally nominated onto the men’s and women’s teams for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The five men and five women: Jennifer Jones (skip), Kaitlyn Lawes (third), Jill Officer (second), Dawn McEwen (lead) and Kirsten Wall (fifth); and Brad Jacobs (skip), Ryan Fry (third), E.J. Harnden (second), Ryan Harnden (lead) and Caleb Flaxey (fifth) were named during an announcement at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

“Canada’s curling history is remarkable, and this year’s talent is no exception as is clearly reflected in the team announced today,” said Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee. “On behalf of the entire Canadian Olympic Committee and curling fans across the country, I would like to congratulate all ten team members who I know will do Canada proud on the ice in Sochi.”

I am so excited to be representing Canada in Sochi,” said Jennifer Jones. “This is something that I have looked forward to for many years, and all the hours of training and hard work have finally paid off. I can assure curling fans from every corner of our country that we are going to do our best to bring home the gold.”

“It has been a long road to get to this moment and it has been worth every minute of training we put in,” said Brad Jacobs. “I can’t wait to walk onto the ice in Sochi with my team and give it everything we’ve got to try and represent Canada with pride.”

“This past week of competition has been outstanding and I am so proud of the state of curling in our country. The athletes nominated to the Sochi 2014 team are great athletes and I’m excited at the potential for success in Russia,” said Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Curling Association.  “On behalf of the entire Canadian Curling Association family, I want to congratulate all ten members – we will all be cheering you on!”

Eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams qualified for the Roar of the Rings (Canadian trials), where the Olympic teams were ultimately decided. Six teams of each gender directly qualified for these trials while the other two teams had to go through the Road to the Roar pre-trials in November, which featured 12 teams of each gender.

The qualification period for the trials and pre-trials took place over two years (2011-13), predominantly using the Canadian Team Ranking System, which takes into account results at various events including the Brier and Tournament of Hearts (national championships), the World Championships, Provincial Championships and the World Curling Tour.

“The Canadian Olympic curling teams have a proud history of success at the Winter Games and have proven time and time again that they are among the best in the world,” said the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. “Our Government is proud of their dedication and hard work. We offer our congratulations to the nominated men’s and women’s Olympic Curling Teams. I am sure our Olympians will provide us with amazing moments in Sochi, and they can count on the support of Canadians from coast to coast to coast.”

The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will take place from February 7-23, 2014. The Canadian Olympic Team has set a goal to contend to be the top nation in overall medals won.

List of Curling athletes nominated to the Sochi 2014 Canadian Olympic Team:

First Last Hometown
Jennifer Jones Winnipeg, MB
Kaitlyn Lawes Winnipeg, MB
Jill Officer Winnipeg, MB
Dawn McEwen Winnipeg, MB
Kirsten Wall Milton, ON


First Last Hometown
Brad Jacobs Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Ryan Fry Sault Ste. Marie, ON
E.J. Harnden Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Ryan Harnden Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Caleb Flaxey Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Canada’s curlers now join 10 speed skating athletes as the next members nominated to the Canadian Olympic Team. Seventeen more teams will be announced between now and February.

Short Track Speed Skating Team:


First Last Hometown
Valérie Maltais La Baie, QC
Marianne St-Gelais Saint-Félicien, QC
Marie-Ève Drolet Chicoutimi, QC
Jessica Hewitt Kamloops, BC
Jessica Gregg Edmonton, AB


First Last Hometown
Charles Hamelin Sainte-Julie, QC
Olivier Jean Lachenaie, QC
Charle Cournoyer Boucherville, QC
Michael Gilday Yellowknife, NT
François Hamelin Sainte-Julie, QC


Canadian Olympic Committee Media Office:
Luc Beaudin, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations
Cell: 514-206-6720

Jane Almeida, Manager, Media Relations
Tel: 416-324-4120 / Cell: 416-540-1788

Canadian Curling Association:
Al Cameron, Communications and Media Relations
Tel: 403-463-5500