Curler to coach Denmark

PETE LUCAROTTI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:12 AM ET

GRANDE PRAIRIE -- Canadian curler Renee Sonnenberg is going to the 2010 Winter Olympics wearing the red and white -- of Denmark.

While she's lived in Alberta all her life, growing up in Beaumont, Sonnenberg will be in Vancouver as a coach of the Danish women's curling team.

Sonnenberg was officially awarded the job a few weeks ago, months after receiving a message from Danish curling officials when Grande Prairie hosted the Grand Slam of Curling Grey Power Players' Championship in April.

"One night I went home to check my e-mail and there was a message asking me if I'd be at all interested in perhaps coaching them next year and I didn't sleep much that night," Sonnenberg said.

"Finally I got word officially about three weeks ago, but they asked me to keep it a little bit quiet still.

"I was in total shock for about a week and then you kind of start doubting and you think if it's for real; maybe I shouldn't tell anybody, but how do you not? I told my family and they were so excited."

Sonnenberg has some familiarity with the Danish curling program. She helped Denmark win its first medal in international curling when she guided Madeleine Dupont's rink to a bronze at the World Junior Curling Championships in 2007.

Sonnenberg will be reunited with Dupont at the Olympics, but she'll be a stranger to the team's other members, skip Angelina Jensen, lead Camilla Jensen and Dupont's older sister, Denise.

"I'm just going to do my best with what they've asked me to do and if Canada wins, yay Canada," she said of competing against the home country. "If Denmark wins, I've done a good job helping them there."


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