It’s a big week for curling fans in Ottawa and across Canada. The toughest event on the Canadian curling calendar takes place once every four years and it is underway in Saskatoon.
The Canadian Olympic curling trials, which run until November 28, will determine who will represent Canada at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Several top curlers at the event have Ottawa roots.
One of them is Lisa Weagle, three-time Canadian champion and one-time world champion, who represented Canada at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Weagle is part of a team led by the legendary Winnipeg curler and 2014 Olympic champion Jennifer Jones (spring), which also includes second Olympic champion in 2014 Dawn McEwen (main), 2016 Canadian champion Jocelyn Peterman (second) and 2018 Olympic mixed- double champion Kaitlyn Lawes (third), who was also part of the 2014 Olympic gold medal winning team led by Jones.
Weagle’s team has sat near the top of the standings through most of the competition and remains a serious challenger going into the final days of the tournament. On November 25, Team Jones had a record of 5-2 and was in second place in the nine-team competition.
On the eve of the lawsuits, Weagle spoke with Capital Currents Ian Campbell of Saskatoon.