Bernard turns nerves into wins

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:37 PM ET

Cheryl Bernard looks like a skip on a mission.

The Olympic silver medallist and Continental Cup rookie is perfect so far, skipping her team to two wins and combining with Ben Hebert for a win in Friday afternoon’s mixed doubles.

After suffering through a post-Olympic letdown during the World Curling Tour season, Bernard has a chance build a memorable January.

Next weekend, Bernard’s team heads off for the TSN Skins Game at Casino Rama before a shot at another Alberta Scotties the next weekend in Camrose.

“It’s kinda nice that we have all this arena access leading up to Camrose,” said Bernard. “We’re relaxed. It’s not a huge stressful event and next weekend won’t be either, but we get to throw on arena ice. If we didn’t have this stuff going on, we’d be sitting around looking for games.”

Bernard has earned some notoriety for being nervous before any women’s provincial. Even though this is mostly a fun event, she admitted to some rookie jitters heading here.

“Seriously, I was totally nervous going into this (mixed doubles game),” said Bernard, who ran her record to 3-0. “It’s nice because you’re playing for so many other people. It’s a strange feeling. I’ve never had it before. Maybe the Olympics was the closest, because you’re playing for your country. There’s a lot of pressure and I’m

feelin’ it.”

This is a different type of nervousness for Bernard, who’s managed to turn her energy into wins.

“How many times can you say that in 35 years of curling, I’m doing something new?” said Bernard. “This is pretty incredible. Totally different format and I didn’t know what to expect. I’m so glad this is one of the results of the Olympics. It’s been a really good carrot.”

Among the other post-Olympic things Bernard did was give curling clinics in San Diego and Phoenix.

“We judged at a tailgate party before a Chargers game,” said Bernard.

“They’re so into curling in both Phoenix and San Diego, we’re just lovin’ it. We took the silver medal down, gave some lessons, took some pictures and had a riot.”

— Griwkowsky


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