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(Posted 5:30 a.m., March 14)
Team Homan aims for gold at curling worlds
By Fred Sherwin

(Left to right) Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney and Lisa Weagle will be gunning for gold at the World Curling Championships which get underway in Beijing, China this weekend. Team Homan photo

When Rachel Homan leaves for the Women’s World Curling Championships in Beijing, China, with teammates Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney and Lisa Weagle this week, they will do so with the added motivation of taking care of some unfinished business.

Homan, Miskew and Weagle finished second at the 2014 World Championships in St. John, New Brunswick. (Courtney joined the team after the departure of Allison Kreviazuk in 2014.)

The year before they won the bronze medal in Riga, Latvia, after losing in the semi-finals. They would love nothing more than to add gold to their World Championship medal collection in Beijing.

To do that they must first deal with the 10-hour flight and accompanying jet lag, as well as an international field that includes 2015 World Champion Alina Paetz from Switzerland, 2013 World Champion Eve Muirhead from Scotland, and hometown favourite and 2009 World Champion Wang Bingyu who they must face in the opening draw on Saturday.

The Homan rink took time away from practicing on Saturday to attend a send-off party at the Ottawa Curling Club during which dozens of admiring friends and fans wished them well.

Rachel and the rest of the team could not have been more appreciative of the turnout.

“We’re going to be pretty isolated when we’re in China so it’s really nice to see friends and family before we fly out,” Homan said during a break in the festivities.

For many of the team’s fans the World Championships will mean a lot of late nights and early mornings. Because of the 12-hour time difference the morning draw takes place at 9 p.m. EST, the afternoon draw at 1 a.m. EST, and the evening draw at 7 a.m.

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