Managing stress key to Olympic curling trials

Ottawa's Rachel Homan is seeking a berth at the 2014 Winter Games next week at the Canadian curling...

Ottawa's Rachel Homan is seeking a berth at the 2014 Winter Games next week at the Canadian curling trials in Winnipeg. (Shaun Best/Reuters/Files)

JOE PAVIA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:10 PM ET

OTTAWA - MTS may stand for Much Too Stressful.

The Ottawa area athletes competing in Winnipeg at the MTS Center in the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Olympic trials next week believe that how teams handle pressure will go a long way in determining the winners.

“I firmly believe that the team that wins will be the one who embraces the pressure of the trials and uses it to fuel their performance,” said Lee Merklinger, Sherry Middaugh’s second.

Team Middaugh is eliminating as many outside distractions as possible. “It’s important that we control what texts/messages/emails we receive. Husbands and boyfriends are great but they can sometimes be critical too,” said the Merlinger. As of Sunday, the phones get shut off.

Craig Savill of Glenn Howard’s rink said, “I think the team that stays the most level headed is going to come out on top. If we do that we have a great chance.”


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