CAMP MORTON, M.B. — Keri Einarson is a Canadian curler from Camp Morton, Manitoba, in the Rural Municipality of Gimli. Einarson is the two-time reigning women’s national champion in curling, skipping her team to victory at the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts and the 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. She previously won silver in 2018. She has also won two provincial mixed curling championships in 2010 and 2013. Einarson won two Grand Slam of Curling events on the World Curling Tour, winning the 2016 Boost National and most recently the 2019 Players’ Championship.
Einarson’s first Tour occasion win as a skip was at the 2015 GSOC Tour Challenge, where she completed first in the level 2 occasion and won a spot at the 2015 The Masters Grand Slam of Curling where she would lose to Val Sweeting in the elimination rounds. Einarson would make it to two additional elimination rounds at Grand Slams that season. That year Einarson would likewise win her first commonplace title, qualifying her group of Selena Kaatz, Liz Fyfe and Kristin MacCuish to address Manitoba at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. There, she drove her territory to a 7–4 cooperative record, qualifying the group to the end of the season games. In the end of the season games notwithstanding, she would proceed to lose the two games, making due with fourth spot.
WOMEN’S CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
After having a promising start to the tournament, Kerri Einarson led team was eventually eliminated at the world women’s curling championship after dropping an 8-3 decision to Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg. Sweden did not let Canada generate much offence, regularly forcing the Einarson side to settle for singles. When Einarson gave up a steal of one, Canada conceded the game.
“I had a really good feeling going into the game,” Einarson said. “We just got behind the eight ball a little early and just needed something to bail ourselves out.”
It is the first time that Canada has been held off the podium at both the women’s and men’s world championships in the same season. Canada did not make it to the semifinals in either event. Brendan Bottcher’s Alberta-based team was also eliminated in the qualification game at the world men’s play-downs.
ROAD TO BEIJING
After the women championship, Einarson took to the ice with Brad Gushue as Team Canada at the Mixed Doubles World Curling Championships, that took place between May 17-23 in Aberdeen, Scotland. With a guaranteed Olympic spots for Beijing 2022 for the top 7 teams. In early April, Canada secured its Olympic spot in men’s curling thanks to Team Brendan Bottcher.
The 33-year-old Kerri skipped the team to seven wins in the round robin stage, and now joins up with Brad Gushue to form Canada’s Mixed Doubles duo.
“It’s an absolute honour to be able to wear the maple leaf for a second time in a month,” she asserted. “Not many people get this opportunity.”
Einarson admitted that life within the bubble has been difficult in the sense that it kept her away from her family, but expressed her gratitude for the chance to curl at an elite level despite a global pandemic.
However, their dream of winning gold was cut short in the semi-finals losing to the eventual winners, Scotland and was not able to secure the bronze medal against Sweden in the third place match. Coming fourth in the final championship ranking, sealed their qualification for the Beijing 2022 Olympics.
Who will wear the maple leaf in Beijing will be determined via Curling Canada’s national trials in November where nine women’s teams and nine men’s teams will vie for the honour. Given the individual and national records of Kerri Einarson, she will surely be a name to watch out for at the coming Olympics, having qualified Canada for both the female and mixed category.
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