Cadorin enjoying sweeping success

Skip Chrissy Cadorin yells instructions to her teammates as she delivers a rock during their 11-6...

Skip Chrissy Cadorin yells instructions to her teammates as she delivers a rock during their 11-6 victory over Kim Moore during the fifth draw yesterday at the Rideau Curling Club. (Ottawa Sun/Geoff Robins)

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:04 AM ET

She's the second youngest skip in the Ontario Scott Tournament of Hearts at age 24, likes rock music and pizza, has a history degree from Laurier, works as a waitress in the Toronto suburb of Thornhill and is thinking about getting into early childhood education.

And even though she refuses to believe it, Chrissy Cadorin has emerged as one of the skips to beat at this week's provincial women's curling championship at the Rideau.

She's 5-1 after six draws after splitting her games yesterday -- an 11-6 win over Kim Moore of St. Catharines followed by a 6-4 setback to Sutton's Kathy Brown.

All week long, as she and teammates Denna Schell, Leigh Armstrong and Stephanie Leachman piled up the wins, Cadorin has downplayed her good start.

"There's still four games left to play," she said before playing Brown last night. "We could lose the next four and be struggling to make the playoffs. You just never know."

Cadorin began curling 13 years ago, following in the footsteps of her father, Peter, who coaches her team.

She kept working at the game and improving her skills, becoming a great junior player before graduating to the regular women's circuit.

"Curling's my passion and I like to have fun," she said. "I just like playing the game. It's one of those things that you do because you're good at it. Somewhere down the road, you have a dream and you want to fulfill that dream."

Winning this tournament and getting to the national Scott Tournament of Hearts would provide one giant step toward that dream.

"We'd like to be in the Olympics down the road," she said. "Basically, we'd like to take advantage of everything this sport has to offer."

Asked to name the curler she admires most, Cadorin didn't hesitate to cite Anne Merklinger, whom she has often faced in recent years.

"Anne's such a great player," Cadorin said of the Rideau skip, a four-time provincial champ. "I have never seen her upset. She's a very classy woman, win or lose, and she's such a great promoter of curling.

"How can you not like her?"

'GREAT PERSPECTIVE'

Merklinger, who lost to Cadorin in a last-chance provincial qualifier bonspiel before this event, never expected to hear such flattery.

"Chrissy has a great perspective on the game," said Merklinger. "She is very supportive of her teammates and she's quick to accept responsibility, and it takes a special kind of player to do that."

In a quarter-final at last month's Canada Cup East at the Rideau, Merklinger took a 6-2 lead on Cadorin through six ends, but the young skip battled back before Merklinger emerged with a 7-5 win.

"She's very tenacious and doesn't give up," said Merklinger. "We were up on her and she never let go. We had to make a tough last shot to win.

"You can tell that she's not satisfied just making the playoffs. She's very determined to win."

So far at this Scott, Cadorin has been on the right track.


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