February 9, 2006
SUN Prediction: Gold Medal
Sun Media

Brad Gushue was nobody's pick to end up winning the prestigious Olympic curling trials in Halifax. In fact, before the competition even began, one of his rivals said he had no chance at all.

He was just another guy, a kid of 25, a former Canadian junior champion who wasn't quite ready for prime time, or so the story went.

But it happened anyway. He just kept winning and beating the odds and the favourites. And now a young boy in an older man's game, under the tutelage of veteran Russ Howard, will be mining for gold in Turin, and he may just have the right kind of composure and the right rink to get the job done.

Winning has always been what Gushue is about but because so much of it was at home, in Newfoundland, so much of it went unnoticed. He was provincial junior champion on six consecutive occasions and represented Newfoundland in the Brier the past three years. But in three years at the unofficial national championships, the best Gushue's rink could finish was fourth.

"If we keep playing like this," Gushue said at the trials, "I like our chances. Of course, we're going (to the olympics) thinking we're going to win gold. We're Canada."

Previous Games

Gushue is making his Olympic debut in Turin.

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