The confirmed news is that Jim Armstrong has had to leave Korea. The news broke early this morning that Jim has left Korea.
We have confirmed with Gerry Peckham of the CCA via telephone the following details:
Gerry: "Jim was in Korea but due to personal circumstances he has had to return home."
As of Feb. 5 the official word from the WCF website is that Jim was listed as skip.
Early this morning the news broke that Jim has not been seen in the building or during practice. We followed up on this with a phone confirmation with CCA high performance director Gerry Peckham that Jim was in Korea but needed to leave due to pressing personal circumstances.
We have looked at the World Curling site regarding the games at: Team Photos to confirm the official photo has been changed which confirms Gerry's words.
Also; as of this morning the official roster of players has been changed it can be found at the download section of the same page.
|TEAM CANADA - this morning|
What now remains to be told is the why and the what?
Why did Jim need to leave and I personally hope whatever it is turns out to be ok and wish him and family the best. If Jim left it is important and major. More to follow later.
The what turns out to be what does this means to Team Canada? People wanted to know if Jim made this team; well you are about to find out because in 6 hours Canada faces Italy and Darryl Nieghbour with 2 new members of the team must collect what is and has happened, put it together and win games.
The line up as listed will be as follows:
Skip - Darryl Nieghbour
Third - Ina Forrest
Second - Jack Smart
Lead - Sonja Gaudet
Alt. - Anne Hibberd
This is also the first time in history that Canada has ever played at a major tournament anywhere with only 2 males in the lineup.
We wish you the best Canada GOOD LUCK!