Rachel Homan wins 2024 Canadian Open

Rachel Homan (Akytaraba, Wikmedia Commons)

Rachel Homan of Ottawa, Ontario, skipped her team to the 2024 Canadian Open title in Red Deer, Alberta on Sunday. Homan’s team of third Tracy Fleury, second Emma Miskew, and lead Sarah Wilkes, defeated Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni 5-4 in nine ends.

In the final, it may not have been the best game from a strategical perspective for Homan. In the fifth end, she went for a single point rather than a blank. At the time her team took a 2-1 lead. Tirizoni then picked up her deuce in the sixth end and then stole a point, when Homan was unable to hit and stick in her shot attempt. At the end of the day, Homan evened the match at four in the eighth end, and then won it in the ninth, when fourth thrower Alina Patz was heavy with her draw attempt.

Homan went through Pool B with a record of three wins and one loss. She defeated team Kate Cameron of Winnipeg, Manitoba (skipped by Chelsea Carey) 6-3, Isabelle Wrana of Sweden 7-3 and Delaney Strouse of the United States 8-3. In the quarterfinals, Homan beat Eun-ji Gim of South Korea 6-3, and then Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, Manitoba, in the semifinals 8-3. Jones won the gold medal in women’s curling at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.¬†This was Homan’s 15th grand slam title as a women’s skip, the most all-time.

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