Date of Birth:  January 1, 1980
 Place of Birth: Labrador City, NL
 Residence: St. John's, NL
 Years Curling:
 18
 Height:  N/A
 Weight: N/A

The addition of Mark Nichols to Brad Gushue's rink in 1999 was a turning point for the young Newfoundland curling team. In the two years prior to Nichols' arrival, Gushue was unable to break the .500 mark at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships. In Nichols first year, throwing third, the team won a bronze medal.

One year later they would claim silver, before finally winning gold at the 2001 tournament. That same year, Team Gushue were world-beaters, winning the gold while proudly representing Canada at the World Junior Curling Championships in Ogden, Utah.

Since joining the senior ranks in 2002, Nichols and the rest of Team Gushue have become household names in Newfoundland & Labrador, representing their province at the Brier for three consecutive years (2003-05), finishing in fourth place in 2004.

The rink has also been enjoying some success on the World Curling Tour over the last couple of seasons. In 2004-05, they had four top-four results, including their first ever tour 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.

In 2005, Nichols also enjoyed some personal success, first graduating from Memorial University with a degree in Kinesiology, then skipping Newfoundland & Labrador's mixed team to gold at the Canadian Championships. The win was particular sweet for Nichols because he was able to share it with his sister, Shelley, who played third on the team.

Of course, the biggest win of 2005 for Nichols and his teammates came at the Olympic trials in Halifax last December. The young team defied the odds, beating Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton in the final, to earn their berth at the Turin Games.


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