Olson leaves Peters in cold

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:07 AM ET

A change of heart has left one of Manitoba\'s top curling teams scrambling for a new third. Mark Olson has decided to retire from competitive curling for a second time, leaving Vic Peters in the lurch.

\"It puts me in a bit of a tough spot because everybody who\'s a good player or who wants to play with good players is already playing for someone else,\" Peters said yesterday.

Olson, 45, sympathized.

\"I know I left Vic in a bad spot and that doesn\'t make me feel good,\" he said. \"I know most players are committed to other teams but Vic should be able to drag a pretty good player out.\"

Trouble is, Peters does not know whether IMG will continue to ask Grand Slam squads to continue with their exclusivity. If it does, he figures he could get a pretty good replacement from another province.

LOST HIS ENTHUSIASM

Meanwhile, Olson said he just lost his enthusiasm.

\"It\'s time,\" he said. \"I was planning on playing but then the thought of playing 11-13 events was bothering me with all that time away from family and business.\"

And the politics between the World Curling Players\' Association and the Canadian Curling Association over the Slam took its toll.

\"I wasn\'t even looking forward to going back to the Brier because it (process) takes so long,\" said Olson, a staunch Slam supporter, who believes those teams will compete in both events this season -- but only because of the Olympic trials qualifiers.

But nothing has been decided yet.

\"At the end of the day, we need to decide what events we can play in,\" said Peters, a former Brier champ. \"Teams are drawing up their schedules now.\"

And some cashspiels want their entry fees soon.


Videos

Photos