Tuesday, February 26, 2002
Law ponders second shot
By ANDREW SMITH -- Calgary Sun
The medal that hung around curler Kelley Law's neck was bronze but the Canadian skip is not ruling out taking another shot at Olympic gold.
Law, along with teammates Diane Nelson, Cheryl Noble, Julie Skinner and Georgina Wheatcroft, lost a tough semifinal to eventual gold- medal champion Great Britain and were forced to play for bronze.
It amounted to a disappointing finish for the team that cruised to an 8-1 record in the round-robin portion of the tournament, fuelling speculation Law's rink might take a shot at Olympic gold.
"As soon as I got off the ice, I didn't think about it until the media started asking us if we were going to Italy," said Law. "I can't say that we're not. The team has a two-year commitment and you never know what might happen in those two years that will help keep us together."
The popularity of curling in Salt Lake gave the sport a huge boost, bringing in large television ratings in Canada and the U.S.
Law, whose rink won both the 2000 Scott Tournament of Hearts and world championship, says the experience, both as an athlete and as a Canadian, would be worth doing again.
"It was phenomenal because the Olympics was something we've never been a part of before," said Law.
"Just to experience the camaraderie between all the athletes makes you feel like you're part of one big team with Canada."
Not even the controversies surrounding figure skating could take away from Law's Olympic experience.
When not on the ice, Law and her team became as wrapped up in the Games as any other Canadian sports fan.
"We were engrossed in what was happening and we wanted to know what was going on," said Law.
"We were watching all the press conferences and the Olympic Association was worried because the other athletes were taken off what they were doing.
"That's why they were quick to make a decision."
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