A visit to an ear, nose and throat specialist provided a big relief for Canadian women's curling champion Cathy Gauthier.
The lead for Jennifer Jones' Winnipeg foursome got the news she wanted to hear yesterday when a doctor cleared her to fly to Scotland for the world women's championship March 19-27.
Gauthier was suffering from an ear infection when her team won the Scott Tournament of Hearts last Sunday in St. John's, Nfld., and things got much worse when she blew an ear drum on the flight home.
She had to take a train home from Toronto and was very concerned that a trip overseas to the worlds would be impossible, but those fears were allayed yesterday.
"It's fabulous news," said Gauthier, who is still battling a flu bug.
"I'm going to put myself in a sanitary bubble for the next week and I'll be good to go. I'm thrilled to death."
Gauthier previously won Canadian championships in 1992 and 1995 and was part of the Connie Laliberte squad that lost the world final in Brandon in 1995.
"On the train home from Toronto I had two long days to think about how it's been 10 years since I was in a world final that we should have won," Gauthier said.
"I couldn't believe that I might not get to go this time."
The Jones foursome, which also includes third Cathy Overton-Clapham and second Jill Officer, will leave for Scotland on Monday.