Alberta skips Brendan Bottcher to coach Rachel Homan’s Ottawa team, joins her for doubles – Edmonton

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World champion Rachel Homan is joining forces with Alberta skip Brendan Bottcher for the upcoming curling season.

Homan announced on social media Monday that Bottcher will coach her Ottawa-based four-player team while the two will team up in mixed doubles ahead of the Olympic trials.

“It is incredibly exciting to have Brendan join our coaching staff. His experience, leadership and strategy will undoubtedly take our game to the next level,” Homan said in a statement. “With Brendan living near me in Edmonton, his continued support both on and off the ice will be invaluable.”

The 35-year-old Homan, who lives in Beaumont, Alta., is coming off a stellar 2023-2024 season, leading her team to a fourth career Canadian women’s title in February before capturing Canada’s first world title since 2018 per month conquered. later on.

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“This is an incredibly talented group of curlers, and I would like to provide strategic support in their quest for an Olympic gold medal,” Bottcher said on social media.

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On working with Homan in the mixed doubles, he added: “I have enormous admiration for Rachel, both as a friend and as a competitor, and we are ecstatic about our Olympic journey.”

Homan’s team finished last season with a 67-7 record under coach Don Bartlett, who said he is stepping back from coaching “to pursue personal journeys.”

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“I am extremely proud of the team for their relentless dedication and unwavering work ethic throughout this past season,” Bartlett, former leader of legendary Alberta curler Kevin Martin, said in a news release.

“Being part of their journey, witnessing their historic achievements and of course winning my first world championship with such a talented team, was a true honor.”

Bottcher parted ways with his team earlier this year despite leading it to a bronze medal at the Canadian men’s curling championship.

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The 32-year-old from Sherwood Park, Alta., is a seven-time medalist at the Brier and won a national title in 2021.

Homan also announced that alternate Rachelle Brown will remain a permanent member of her team.

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