Another curling title for Bottcher
By Con Griwkowsky, QMI Agency
|Brendan Bottcher, 20, throws a rock during the menís junior curling championship final against Northern Ontario on Feb. 12. (Melissa Murray/QMI Agency)
Brendan Bottcher is finally returning home after his historic road trip.
Bottcher became the first curler in history to win both the Canadian university championship and the world juniors in the same year.
The Sherwood Park skip wrapped up the second part of the deal with a 7-1 win in the university final at Welland on Sunday.
“It’s pretty amazing,” said Bottcher. “We just wanted to go out and curl good (Sunday). It’s been pretty amazing. It’s been good.
“Winning (Sunday) was about putting the icing on the cake.”
What’s even more amazing about Bottcher’s accomplishment is that he did it with two different supporting casts.
After winning the world junior title in Ostersund, Sweden, last Sunday, the rest of his team returned to Edmonton while his university team joined him in southern Ontario.
Supported by third Mick Lizmore, second Brad Thiessen and lead Karrick Martin, the team finished with a 6-1 record in the round robin and earned a bye straight into the final.
During his run, Bottcher and his teams lost just one game in each of the Canadians, worlds and university championship. Bottcher has now won three major championships since Feb. 12.
The outcome was never in doubt Sunday as the team scored three-enders in the second and sixth ends, adding a steal in four for good measure.
“The game went well,” said Bottcher. “They made a few misses. Once we got ahead, we just peeled them out.”
After being on the road for most of this month, Bottcher will return to classes at the U of A, where he’s studying chemical engineering.
“It’ll be a bit of change in routine and a chance to get back to class,” said Bottcher. “It’ll be nice.”
One huge Bottcher fan is Peja Lindholm, the three-time world men’s champ who’s team captain for the Swedish entry at the women’s worlds in Lethbridge.
The worlds was held in Lindholm’s hometown and he was impressed with Bottchers’ demeanour as well as his play.
“He’s a very humble young man,” said Lindholm. “He reminds me a lot of John Morris.”