Just a month after claiming a bronze medal for Manitoba at the 2014 Tournament of Hearts, Chelsea Carey is getting ready to move to Edmonton to start a new team.
On Facebook on Tuesday afternoon, Carey revealed she would launch a new rink out of Edmonton to finish off the 2013-14 curling season, and beyond. The team will include third Laura Crocker and lead Jen Gates. They are still finalizing who their second will be, but plan to compete at the Pomeroy Inn and Suites Prairie Showdown in Grande Prairie, Alta. at the end of the month.
In a Facebook message to fans on Tuesday afternoon, the Manitoban foursome Carey skipped, which included third Kristy McDonald, second Kristen Foster and lead Lindsay Titheridge, announced they were calling it quits.
McDonald – who is expecting the birth of her first child in May -- will return to skipping duties next season with her new rink, joined by third Kate Cameron, second Leslie Wilson, and lead Raunora Westcott.
"We wanted to let everyone know that, after a wonderful run together, we have made the difficult decision to part ways," the team announced. "We shared so many amazing accomplishments as a team, and are so proud of what we did throughout our time together. We remain very close friends, and want nothing but the very best for each other in the future."
The Carey foursome had a fiery four-year run, turning heads on the Canadian curling tour with a breakout 2011 season and a robust showing at the Roar of the Rings Olympic trials in Winnipeg in December. They also played in three provincial finals, and the third time was the charm: in Virden in January, the foursome roared back from a tiebreaker game to make it to the final, where they beat Kerri Einarson to become the new provincial champions.
The team came in to the national Tournament of Hearts in Montreal expected to make some noise, and they did, rolling 9-2 through the round robin to clinch a spot in the 1 vs. 2 Page playoff game. But two heartbreaking losses knocked them out of gold-medal contention. They ended up claiming bronze.