Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 12/7/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
NOW his bid to become an Olympian is over, the really stressful part of the week begins for Mike McEwen.
The Winnipeg skip, who was eliminated from playoff contention at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings on Friday with a 5-4 loss to Edmonton's Kevin Koe, still has a wife in the competition -- Jennifer Jones lead Dawn McEwen, whose Olympic dreams remain very much alive.
So even as he was licking his own wounds on Friday, McEwen's attention was already shifting to the biggest game of his wife's life -- tonight's women's final at the MTS Centre that will determine who represents Canada in women's curling in Sochi.
"I'm super excited for her. I think Brent Laing and I have a date on Saturday, with probably a couple of cold ones in our hands to try and watch," laughed McEwen, referencing the second for Glenn Howard who is Jones' partner.
"It's going to be a heck of a show and I'm probably going to lose a few years off my life watching."
As for his own team, McEwen says a single-minded focus for the last four years on this week's event that ended in a 3-4 record will now regrettably shift back toward another prize that has also proven elusive for the McEwen team of third BJ Neufeld, second Matt Wozniak and lead Denni Neufeld.
"We'll try to get to the Brier," said McEwen. "That will be the next focus. Well, the next focus will be watching my wife. And after that, we'll try and win our first provincial championship."
-- Paul Wiecek
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 7, 2013 C4
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