OTTAWA — It was an embrace that seemingly lasted a lifetime.
Chelsea Carey just missed a double in the final end to force an extra end allowing Rachel Homan and her team to clinch an Olympic berth for Canada after a 6-5 win.
Homan, Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney and Lisa Weagle raced to one another and wrapped their arms around each other and held on tight. A crowd of 7,490 people roared as they all continued to hug.
“It’s something I could have never dreamt of when I was little. In our hometown, we couldn’t have written a better story,” Homan said after the game.
Homan had been inside the Canadian Tire Centre so many times before Sunday’s final.
She grew up watching Senators games, concerts and even saw one of Gord Downie’s last concerts inside the big building, which is about ten minutes down the road from her home.
But never before had she stepped into the building for a moment so big with so much at stake.
On Sunday afternoon, inside that same venue with friends and family watching, Homan fulfilled her Olympic dream.
“It’s a crazy emotional day,” she said.
Just another day
Team Homan rented a home to stay at together all week in Ottawa. Every morning throughout the round robin, the skip would cook the rest of the team breakfast.
That didn’t change for championship Sunday.
“She cooked us eggs like she always does,” Weagle said. “Then we played some trivia and just tried to take our minds off the game.”
The Homan team has worked extremely hard on the mental aspect of their game. Their coach, Adam Kingsbury, was brought in specifically to help them become more confident and focused when the pressure grew.
So when it came to sticking to their routine when it mattered most, they stuck to the plan.
“I don’t think we were different today,” Homan said. “We were the same team. We just kept going with what was working.”