John Morris and Rachel Homan to represent Canada at the Olympic Games in mixed doubles curling

Rachel Homan (Akytaraba, Wikmedia Commons)

Rachel Homan of Ottawa, Ontario, and two-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist John Morris of Winnipeg, Manitoba will be the representatives for Canada in mixed doubles curling at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing according to Bob Weeks of TSN. Homan and Morris were selected by a panel from representatives of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Curling Canada, and Own The Podium after the Canadian Olympic Mixed Doubles Curling Trials in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba from December 28, 2021-January 2, 2022 was cancelled because of coronavirus.

Morris will be going for his third Olympic gold medal of his career. He previously won gold as the third for Kevin Martin in men’s competition at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and then placed first with Kaitlyn Lawes of Winnipeg, Manitoba in mixed doubles curling at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

How Morris and Homan were selected has generated a little bit of controversy. That is because according to Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun, the committee emphasized Olympic experience as part of their criteria. It should also be noted that Homan struggled mightily on the ice at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in women’s competition.

Canada’s first game in Olympic mixed doubles is on February 2 against the reigning world champions from Great Britain, Jennifer Dodds and Bruce Mouat. It is the first of nine games the Canadians will play in the round robin version of the tournament.

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