Alberta skip Brendan Bottcher to coach Rachel Homan’s Ottawa team, join her for doubles

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

Homan announced Monday connected societal media that Bottcher will coach her Ottawa-based four-player team, while nan 2 will squad up successful mixed doubles pinch an oculus connected nan Olympic trials.

“Having Brendan subordinate our coaching unit is incredibly exciting. His experience, leadership, and strategy will undoubtedly elevate our game,” Homan said successful a statement. “With Brendan surviving successful Edmonton adjacent me, his continuous support will beryllium invaluable some connected and disconnected nan ice.”

The 35-year-old Homan, who lives successful Beaumont, Alta., is coming disconnected a stellar 2023-24 run successful which she led her squad to a 4th profession Canadian women’s title successful February earlier capturing Canada’s first world title since 2018 a period later.

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“This is an unbelievably talented group of curlers, and I americium eager to supply strategical support successful their quest for an Olympic golden medal,” Bottcher said connected societal media.

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On teaming pinch Homan successful mixed doubles, he added: “I person immense admiration for Rachel some arsenic a friend and a competitor, and we are ecstatic astir our Olympic journey.”

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Homan’s squad vanished past play pinch a 67-7 grounds nether coach Don Bartlett, who said he is stepping backmost from coaching “to prosecute individual travel.”

“I americium immensely proud of nan squad for their relentless dedication and unwavering activity ethic passim nan past season,” Bartlett, a erstwhile lead for legendary Alberta curler Kevin Martin, said successful a release.

“Being portion of their journey, witnessing their historical achievements and, of course, winning my first world title pinch specified a talented team, was a existent honour.”

Bottcher divided pinch his squad earlier this twelvemonth contempt starring it to a bronze badge astatine nan Canadian men’s curling championship.

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The 32-year-old from Sherwood Park, Alta., is simply a seven-time medallist astatine nan Brier and won a nationalist title successful 2021.

Homan besides announced that alternate Rachelle Brown will proceed arsenic a imperishable personnel of her team.

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