Four curlers pose with the Tournament of Hearts trophyPhoto: The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh
Photo: The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh

Weekend Roundup: Team Einarson wins second straight national title in curling

Team Canada remains Team Canada in women’s curling, a couple of career firsts in ski cross, and the Olympic warmup begins in wrestling.

It was another great weekend to watch Canadian athletes in action, so let’s dive right into the details:

Einarson repeats as Canadian curling champion

The first event to take place in the curling bubble in Calgary concluded on Sunday night with Kerri Einarson and her team of Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard, and Briane Meilleur winning their second straight national title. Playing as Team Canada, the foursome from Manitoba defeated Rachel Homan‘s Team Ontario 9-7 in the Tournament of Hearts final, a repeat of last year’s gold medal showdown.

READ: Team Canada repeats as gold medallists 

Einarson was also named the winner of the Sandra Schmirler Playoff Most Valuable Player Award as she became the first Canadian women’s skip to win back-to-back national titles since Homan in 2014.

Next up in the bubble will be the Brier starting on Friday when 18 men’s teams will vie for the national championship.

First podium for Schmidt, first Crystal Globe for Howden

Jared Schmidt got his first taste of what it’s like to win a World Cup medal when he finished third on Saturday in Bakuriaini, Georgia. He was in the Big Final alongside fellow Canadian Brady Leman, but unfortunately the reigning Olympic champion was taken out of the race when he lost balance and crashed just before a jump.

Though he was eliminated in the first heat, Reece Howden’s consistency this season paid off as he locked up the ski cross Crystal Globe with two World Cup races to go. He has recorded five podiums in nine races thus far in the 2020-21 season.

READ: Schmidt steps onto first career World Cup podium
READ: Team Canada wins silver in World Cup premiers for mixed team ski cross 

On Sunday, Chris Del Bosco and Courtney Hoffos won silver in the first ever World Cup team ski cross event.

Wiebe and Di Bacco win wrestling hardware

As part of her tune-up for Tokyo 2020, Erica Wiebe won 76kg bronze at the Outstanding Ukrainian Wrestlers and Coaches Memorial Tournament in Kiev this weekend. Olivia Di Bacco added a silver in the 68kg weight class.