Canadian Olympic Curling Trials

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The Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, known as the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings since 2005 for sponsorship reasons, occur every four years, in the year preceding the Winter Olympic Games. They are held to determine the men's and women's representatives at the next year's Olympic Games. The system of qualification for the Curling Trials varies for each event, and can be quite complicated. One main reason for an Olympic qualifying event apart from the national championships (The Brier and the Scotties) is that provincial residency rules do not apply to the Olympic team. Curling was added to the Olympic programme in 1998, and a Canadian Olympic Trials have been held the year prior since 1997.

There were also Olympic Trials held in 1987 for the curling demonstration event at the 1988 Winter Olympics. The 1987 Trials were known as the Labatt National Curling Trials and were held April 19-25, 1987 in Calgary, the same site of the 1988 Winter Olympics. Linda Moore would skip the women's winning team and Ed Lukowich skipped the men's winner.

There were no trials for the 1992 Winter Olympics curling demonstration event. The winner of the 1991 Scott Tournament of Hearts (Julie Sutton) and the 1991 Labatt Brier (Kevin Martin) got to represent Canada at the event.

Men's champions[edit]

Trials Winning team Runners up Location Placing at Olympics
1987 Ed Lukowich, John Ferguson, Neil Houston, Brent Syme, Wayne Hart Pat Ryan Calgary Bronze
1997 Mike Harris, Richard Hart, Collin Mitchell, George Karrys, Paul Savage Kevin Martin, Don Walchuk, Rudy Ramcharan, Don Bartlett Brandon, Manitoba Silver
2001 Kevin Martin, Don Walchuk, Carter Rycroft, Don Bartlett, Ken Tralnberg Kerry Burtnyk, Jeff Ryan, Rob Meakin, Keith Fenton, Andy Hick Regina, Saskatchewan Silver
2005 Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Russ Howard, Jamie Korab, Mike Adam Jeff Stoughton, Jon Mead, Garry Van Den Berghe, Steve Gould, Don Harvey Halifax, Nova Scotia Gold
2009 Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert, Adam Enright Glenn Howard, Richard Hart, Brent Laing, Craig Savill, Steve Bice Edmonton, Alberta Gold
2013 Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E. J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden, Caleb Flaxey John Morris, Jim Cotter, Tyrel Griffith, Rick Sawatsky, Jason Gunnlaugson Winnipeg, Manitoba Gold

Women's champions[edit]

Trials Winning team Runners up Location Placing at Olympics
1987 Linda Moore, Lindsay Sparkes, Debbie Jones, Penny Ryan, Patti Vande Connie Laliberte Calgary Gold
1997 Sandra Schmirler, Jan Betker, Joan McCusker, Marcia Gudereit Shannon Kleibrink, Glenys Bakker, Shannon Nimmo, Joanne Sipka, Sally Shigehiro Brandon, Manitoba Gold
2001 Kelley Law, Julie Skinner, Georgina Wheatcroft, Diane Nelson, Cheryl Noble Sherry Anderson, Kim Hodson, Sandra Mulroney, Donna Gignac, Heather Walsh Regina, Saskatchewan Bronze
2005 Shannon Kleibrink, Amy Nixon, Glenys Bakker, Christine Keshen, Sandra Jenkins Kelly Scott, Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter, Renee Simons, Michelle Allen Halifax, Nova Scotia Bronze
2009 Cheryl Bernard, Susan O'Connor, Carolyn Darbyshire, Cori Bartel, Kristie Moore Shannon Kleibrink, Amy Nixon, Bronwen Webster, Chelsey Bell, Heather Nedohin Edmonton, Alberta Silver
2013 Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen, Kirsten Wall Sherry Middaugh, Jo-Ann Rizzo, Lee Merklinger, Leigh Armstrong, Lori Eddy Winnipeg, Manitoba Gold

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