Former champ likes future

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:20 AM ET

Lorraine Lang, part of the world's best curling team in 1989, is impressed with the poise and confidence the young players are showing in this year's Ontario championship.

"I see some really strong young teams and some newcomers that are certainly capable of winning here," said Lang, who plays lead for the Tara George rink out of Thunder Bay.

"A lot of these teams are playing very consistent, and that's what they need to do to have some success here."

This tournament is dominated by young players, many of whom would have been in the early years of grade school when Lang won her first Canadian title with skip Heather Houston in 1988, and the world championship with the same team in 1989.

JUST BABIES

Krista Scharf, the other skip in this tournament from Thunder Bay, would have been in diapers, just a few months old, when Lang won her first of three Ontario titles in 1983, playing vice for Anne Provo.

When skips like Sherry Middaugh and Anne Merklinger failed to advance into this year's provincial Scott tournament, some assumed these Ontario championships would be a "no-name" affair.

They probably didn't realize that Lang was in the competition.

Her husband, Rick, is a two-time winner of the men's world championship in 1982 and 1985 as vice to Al Hackner.

She's been playing lead for George this year, and has been training in the gym with teammate Tiffany Stubbings to make sure she can handle the more physically demanding chores, like sweeping, required of a player at her position.

"I don't care if you're 20, if you aren't in good condition and you're playing front end (lead or second) at this level, you're going to feel it somewhere," she said.

Her team dropped out of playoff contention last night, losing to Sutton's Kathy Brown, and completes the tournament today against Janet McGhee of Uxbridge.


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