King's gung-ho and ready to go

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:04 AM ET

One thing has remained consistent over Cathy King's career.

Whenever her team has won back-to-back provincials, it goes on to become the Canadian champ.

Get over the first hump and it's clear sailing. Did it in 1977 and 1978, when she became the Canadian junior champ.

Did it again in 1997 and 1998, when she won her only Scott Tournament of Hearts title and got to wear the Maple Leaf on her back as Team Canada in 1999.

After beating Olympics-bound Shannon Kleibrink in last year's final, it would be a good bet to figure King is champing at the bit for another title.

Especially since Kleibrink did the classy thing by not exercising the exemption given her to the southern playdowns.

"Absolutely," said King, who has a chance to repeat the feat for the third time. "We've got a team that's gung-ho and ready to go. We're ready to get back to that Scott and do better."

LAST STRAWS: Alberta junior runner-up Megan Einarson will toss the ceremonial first rock for the 1 p.m. opening ceremonies.

Einarson threw third rocks for skip Kalynn Park, who's going to be holding the broom.

Park is thrilled that her dad Kevin will be at next month's men's provincial at the Saville Centre, throwing skip rocks for a Calgary-based rink skipped by Steve Petyrk. "I volunteered a long time ago," said Park. "It's going to be exciting to watch my dad play."


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