| Date of Birth:
July 16, 1980
Place of Birth: St. John's, NL
Residence: St. John's, NL
After skipping Canada to a gold medal at the Junior Curling World Championships in 2001, it seemed only a matter of time before Newfoundland's Brad Gushue would be throwing rocks with the world's top curlers. Now, just five years later, Gushue leads his St. John's team to the Turin Games looking for gold.
The tough young lefty earned the Olympic berth after winning a grudge match against Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton at the Olympic trials in December. Stoughton's criticism of Gushue's decision to sub veteran Russ Howard for Mike Adams right before the trials was the least of the young skip's worries as he recently learned that his mother, Maureen, was battling cancer. Regardless of all of the off-ice issues, Gushue managed to hold his team together as they picked up the biggest victory in their team's history.
A six-time provincial junior champ (1996-2001), Gushue has continued his success in the senior ranks, representing Newfoundland at the Brier the last three years (2003-05). They failed to qualify for the playoffs in 2003 and 2005, but in 2004 did finish in fourth place.
His rink has also been making some noise on the World Curling Tour (WCT) in the last couple of seasons. After making only two top-four finishes between the 2000-01 season and the 2003-04, Team Gushue finally broke out in 2004-05. They had four top-four results, including their first ever WCT win, at the Canada Cup East. Early in the 2005-06 season, they have already finished in the money three times in four events, finishing third once and fifth twice.
February 25: Kudos to the CBC
February 25: Newfoundlanders celebrate curling victory
February 25: Joy of six
February 25: Rockin' the house
February 24: Golden Gushue
February 24: Takin' over the Team
February 23: Gushue's semifinal victory one for the aged
February 19: Canadians rocked by minnows Curling
February 18: Rocky start
February 15: Time to clean house
February 10: Few glitches for Canuck curlers
February 9: SUN Prediction: Gold Medal
January 5: Tuning up for Olympics
December 12: Turin? Yes b'y
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