Nedohin rink qualifies for Olympic trials

Heather Nedohin's rink qualified for the 2014 Olympic curling trials in Winnipeg, Man., Saturday....

Heather Nedohin's rink qualified for the 2014 Olympic curling trials in Winnipeg, Man., Saturday. (ANDY CLARK/Reuters file photo)

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:58 PM ET

EDMONTON - Heather Nedohin may have lost the battle, but she sounded like she’s just won the war.

Nedohin and her Edmonton Saville Centre crew rode the wave of their breakout year to become the second team to qualify for next year’s Olympic curling trials.

“We’re celebrating right now,” said Nedohin from the Players Championship in Summerside, P.E.I. “It’s a huge accomplishment for us.”

Nedohin and her crew of third Beth Iskiw, second Jessica Mair and lead Laine Peters join already qualified Jennifer Jones in the eight-team trials at Winnipeg in the fall of 2013.

It’s been a great breakout season for the Nedohin crew.

They went into the Alberta championship as the No. 5 seed, battled adversity to win the Scotties and finished off their playdowns season with a bronze medal at the world championship.

“If you would have told us at the beginning of the year we’d be in the Olympic trials, we would have taken it,” said Nedohin. “We’ve had a great run and we’re extremely, extremely happy about it. We’re so thankful to be in the Olympic trials.”

Jones, the Canadian Teams Ranking System leader, had already qualified for the trials based on her win in the Canada Cup.

Based on the CTRS points the team earned during its Scotties and Worlds run, Nedohin’s crew started this weekend in second place on the CTRS list with a 23-point cushion over Ontario’s Sherry Middaugh.

The teams battled it out in Friday’s tiebreaker at the Players Championship with Middaugh coming out on top and Nedohin out of the playoff picture.

Middaugh needed to win the event to gain enough points to overcome Nedohin, but Middaugh fell short when she lost Saturday’s semifinal.

That allowed Nedohin to claim spot No. 2 at the trials.

“To be in an eight-team event and become the second team to qualify is huge for us,” said Nedohin, skip of the 1996 world junior championship team.

con.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca


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