Who in the World Is... Warwick Smith

TERRY JONES

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

Last year he won the world championship as a second. In 1999, he did it as a third. This year, Warwick Smith, a motor warranty salesman, hopes to do it behind the wheel.

"I've played skip, third and second at the Olympics as well," he said.

"Maybe I'll have to be a lead at the next one," he said of Vancouver 2010.

Interesting Scotsman this 35 year old who bolted from the world championship rink skipped by David Murdoch, took a player from the team with him, and then beat Murdoch in the Scottish championships.

With a field which needs a lot of introduction, Smith is a known quantity to the curlers, but not a name most casual fans are going to instantly recognize.

Weird when you think about it: this is his eighth world championship. He has two golds, a silver and a bronze.

How many guys have four world championships medals?

Part of what we're dealing with here is Warwick Smith will pretty much play whatever position he figures he needs to play to be on a team which is going to get to the Olympics and the worlds and give himself a chance to add to the collection.

"To me it's not all about skipping, but all about winning. It's not my own glory. I'll play whatever position.

"Last year was the first time I ever played second.

"It was because of the Olympic process in Great Britain.

"What they do is pick 10 individuals and play them all together for a year. At the end they pick five, and build a team to put it together.

"They put me on Murdoch's team as a second. We made it to the medal round at the Olympics and went on to win the worlds. I was part of that. I enjoyed my time. It was great.

"But it was a one-year deal for me. We gave it the full commitment of the year. It took a toll on myself and Craig Wilson," he said of the 33-year-old senior treasury manager for the National Bank of Australia, his third who played for Murdoch in the Victoria 2005 worlds when Scotland lost to Edmonton's Ferbey Four in the gold-medal game.

He also has 43-year old farmer David Smith, who he calls "Scotland's most successful skip" as vice-skip throwing second rocks.

For David it will be his ninth world championships. He's won gold, silver and three bronze as a skip and another silver as a third.

Ross Hepburn, 35, will be in his second world championship as lead.

One of the reasons the four hooked up together was to cut down on curling this year.

"This year we decided our priorities would be family, work and curling - in that order. Family and work ahead of curling hasn't been the priority," said Warwick.

"It's the same with all the guys I'm with. We've all gone through the same thing. We have businesses to run. We have 10 kids between the four of us. We're all dealing with the same things in life.

"This year, we decided, no matter what, family was going to be first.

"We've made it to the world championships. So our wives are coming to Edmonton with us."

While a Glenn Howard has played well over 100 games this year, not the guys from Scotland.

"We hadn't played a lot before the Scottish championship, just Wednesday night games in our super league. We played 19 games before our championship.

"That said, I am more excited about this world championship than any other one other than my first one.

"It's Edmonton. We all know about curling in Edmonton. We all know about the attendance. It's always exciting to play before fans who are knowledgeable. Lots of them. Edmonton is a fantastic place for curling."


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