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Friday, December 14, 2012

Rookies Mark Ideson (ON) Dennis Thiessen (MB) join skip Jim Armstrong (ON) and Sonja Gaudet Ina Forrest (CA) on Team Canada 2013


Well it seems that some of the rumours were true as Rookies Mark Ideson (ON) Dennis Thiessen (MB) join skip Jim Armstrong (ON) and Sonja Gaudet Ina Forrest (CA) on Team Canada 2013.

The change sees Jim return to skip with his third yet to be determined. Team Canada says they are  committed to 2 women in the line up. The slection see Torino's Gerry Austgarden and rookies Ben Lessard (QC) and Mike Munro (ON) miss cut but it did not seem to be that much of a surprise to many of the speculators.

Team Canada 2013 will train at the Richmond Curling Club in BC this weekend as they begin the press on to Sochi, Russia. The selection comes on the heals of Armstrong and Iddeson recent annoucement that they would be playing together in the OCA playdowns. This is the first time since Chris Daw was skip that the Ilderton curling club has had someone on Team Canada and even any one from Ontario has been selected to the final roster.

With the selection both Mark Ideson (ON) and Dennis Thiessen (MB) gain D (development) carding through Sport Canada. Interesting to see were or when Jim will return to the carding program.



13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Look for Canada to run away with another world championship....

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Mark and Dennis ! Your Hard work and dedication has paid off , Now go get the Gold !!

wayne said...

Congrats to both Mark and Dennis, as well as, the returning big three. Canada will be well represented and all deserve to be where your at. goog luck and good curling. told you den.

Wayne F
N.Ont

Eric Eales said...

Sonja, Ina, Darryl, Jack and Anne currently receive full carding financial support. Sports Canada set the eligibility requirements - for the current annual cycle it was those who competed at the 2012 Worlds in Korea. Jim Armstrong was not eligible for carding this June's cycle as he did not play in Korea.

This year wheelchair curling gained a second development card allowing Dennis and Mark to receive funding albeit at a lower rate than teammates Sonja and Ina.

Anonymous said...

Well, it certainly seems to be a solid line-up.

It also seems to be a very fair decision process.

Hopefully a big improvement on last year`s performance......

Can the `rookies`handle the pressure of their first international event......

My money is on medal for sure, and likely gold again.......best of luck....

George H. said...

Congrats Dennis and Mark, go and show what you can do.

Anonymous said...

Well.....I dont see a Gold for Canada....Armstrong having troubles...and Dennis will choke under pressure as usual...it was not hard work that got him on the team...it was Rob Lamb being buddies with Joe....Rob said he would do anything to get Dennis on the team...guess he did...what a JOKE!

Anonymous said...

Biggest issue for Gold will be Sonja.

She was terrible in Ottawa, as was Gerry, but Gerry got cut.

I hope Joe has the guts to pull Sonja if she struggles that bad again. Mark whould be an adequate replacement.

Ina and Dennis could switch if necessary for Dennis's nerves.

Definitely will be a trial year.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to the new Team Canada! So sad to see comments like the one previous (the 'what a JOKE' comment)...although everyone has a right to an opinion. This is a strong team and will go far!

Anonymous said...

I think this will be as good a team as we have ever iced.

I do agree, though, that the "wildcard" is Sonja, and to a certain extent, Dennis.

Ina and Jim are the best there is at their positions.

Anonymous said...

Some of you bloggers need to give your head a shake! Sonja the "wildcard"!? An on ice member of the team for every gold medal! Might want to rethink that.

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Anonymous said...

Looks like a "rebuild year" for Canada.

Two new faces with no international experience.

I still think it is a podium finish, or at worst, much improved on last year.