If Rachel Homan needs some inspiration, she doesn't have to dig way back in the curling history books.
Less than two weeks ago, a team from Sault Ste. Marie accomplished what Homan's Team Canada will aim to do this weekend at the world women's championship in Riga, Latvia -- win a major title out of the Page 3-4 playoff game.
Brad Jacobs' rink pulled off the feat at the Tim Hortons Brier in Edmonton, knocking off heavyweights Brad Gushue, Glenn Howard and Jeff Stoughton in the playoffs. Ryan Fry, Jacobs' third, thinks Homan is very much capable of matching the Northern Ontario team's improbable run.
"I think they're coming on right when it matters," Fry, who is gearing up for the world men's championship opener next weekend in Victoria, B.C., said over the phone Thursday after Homan finished the round-robin with an 8-4 win over Japan. "They finished the round-robin at 8-3 (the same record as Jacobs at the Brier) and that's pretty good.