Cheryl Bernard

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Cheryl Bernard
Curler
Other names Cheryl Kullman
Born Cheryl Bernard
(1966-06-30) June 30, 1966 (age 48)
Grande Prairie, Alberta
Career
Hearts appearances 4 (1992, 1996, 2007, 2009)
Other appearances 2010 Winter Olympics
Top CCA ranking 2nd (2009–10)
Grand Slam victories 1 (Players': 2010)

Cheryl Bernard (born June 30, 1966) is a retired Canadian curler from Calgary. She represented Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics as the team's skip,[1] winning the silver medal in women's curling after falling to Sweden in the final.[2]

Throughout the late 2000s, Bernard's rink has remained one of the top curling teams in Canada. However, her first major tournament win came at the 2009 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in Edmonton.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Bernard was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta. She began curling at the age of eight.[3] In 1988, she lost in the Alberta provincial finals; however, four years later she would win the provincial title, earning a berth at the 1992 Scott Tournament of Hearts, Canada's national curling championship. Her team of Allison Earl, Barb Davies and Bev Kellerman won just four games. The following year, Bernard won the provincial mixed title with spouse Terry Meek.

In 1995, Bernard again lost in the Alberta provincial final, but rebounded the following year to win it, sending her to the '96 Hearts, this time with an altered lineup. Her team of Karen Ruus, Barb Sherrington and Judy Pendergast had a 7–4 round robin record. In the playoffs, Bernard's rink won their first game in the 1 vs. 2 page playoff match-up against Ontario (skipped by Marilyn Bodogh). This sent her Alberta team to the final, where they faced Bodogh in a rematch, which they lost, 7–4.

1997 to 2006[edit]

Bernard failed to make it to another national championship for 11 years. In the meantime, she was a finalist at the JVC/TSN Skins Game in 1999, and made it to the provincial finals once again in 2000. She was also the Canadian Women's Curling Tour champion in 2004. In 2006, she lost in the first ever women's Players' Championships final against Jennifer Jones.

2007 to 2011[edit]

Bernard won her third provincial championship in 2007. At the 2007 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, her team of Susan O'Connor, Carolyn Darbyshire and Cori Bartel finished with a 6–5 record, tying them with Prince Edward Island and Ontario. Bernard's team beat Ontario in the first tie breaker, but were unable to beat P.E.I.'s Suzanne Gaudet (Birt) whom they lost to 5–4. In 2008, Bernard's team played in their first Grand Slam of Curling final, losing the 2008 Trail Appliances Curling Classic to Shannon Kleibrink's rink. In 2009, Bernard won her fourth Alberta title and represented the province at the 2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts where her team finished with another 6–5 record. However, this would keep them out of the playoffs.

The Bernard team's success during this period qualified them for the 2009 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. They were one of four teams to directly earn a spot at the event nicknamed "The Roar of the Rings". At "the Roar", Bernard's rink almost went undefeated, having lost only their final round robin game to Stefanie Lawton. Their 6–1 record earned them a direct spot in the final, which they won. They defeated Shannon Kleibrink in the final by a score of 7–6. The game came down to the final shot, where Bernard had to draw to the full eight-foot to win. Her rock nearly slid too far in a dramatic finish.

Bernard's team won the silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. After completing the round robin in first place with just one loss to China, Bernard won the silver medal, losing to Sweden (skipped by Anette Norberg) in an extra end, 7–6. Bernard had two chances to win the gold for her team in the final. In the tenth end and with her final throw, Bernard needed only a take-out of a Swedish rock to prevent Sweden from scoring two. However instead of throwing for power to take out the Swedish rock and thereby win the gold, Bernard inexplicably threw for finesse and jammed, allowing Sweden to make a hit to score two and tie the game. In the extra end, Bernard had to make a double take-out and stick to win the game. She only removed one Swedish rock, handing Norberg her second straight Olympic gold medal.[2]

Bernard wrapped up the 2009–10 curling season by winning the 2010 Players' Championships, her first Grand Slam victory in her career.

Despite going to the 2010 Winter Olympics, The Bernard rink began the 2010–11 curling season without a corporate sponsor. The response of the team was to put up billboards around Calgary advertising their need for one. Within a month Dairy Queen announced they would be their main corporate sponsor.[4] In December 2010, the team lost to Stefanie Lawton's rink 7–3 in the 2010 Canada Cup of Curling.

Following losing the semi-final of the 2011 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts, on February 8, 2011, Team Bernard announced they would disband at the end of the curling season.[5]

2011–2014[edit]

Cheryl Bernard announced her new curling team for the 2011–12 season will consist of longtime third Susan O'Connor, Lori Olson-Johns who previously played with Crystal Webster, and Cathy King, and three time junior champion Jennifer Sadleir.[6] Due to the Sports Canada Funding the Bernard team received from their olympic appearance, all four members will have to play the 2011–2012, which leave Cori Morris and Carolyn McRorie having to join, or form a new team.[7] McRorie will be the alternate for the Bernard team when appropriate.[8]

Although Bernard did not participate at the 2012 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, she was awarded the Joan Mead Builder’s Award. The award is given to someone in the curling community that significantly contributes to the growth and development of women's curling in Canada.[9] Her rink failed to qualify for the playoffs at the 2012 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Bernard's rink would not even return to the provincials in 2013, as her rink lost to Lisa Eyamie in the C Final of the Alberta Southern qualifier.

Bernard announced her retirement from competitive curling in June 2014.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Aside from curling, Bernard also co-wrote Between the Sheets: Creating Curling Champions in 2005, a book about the mental aspects of curling, with journalist Guy Scholz.[3] After taking home a silver medal in her home country at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC, Cheryl teamed up with Guy once again to co-publish an updated version of the book titled Between the Sheets: The Silver Lining through Canadian book publisher Polished Publishing Group (PPG), copyright 2011.[11]

Bernard lives with her husband, curler Terry Meek, and stepson Connor Meek in Calgary, Alberta.

Her physical appearance has also garnered lots of attention. Popular ESPN columnist Bill Simmons has referred to Bernard as the "Canadian Curlgar," a portmanteau of "cougar" and curler, because he finds her attractive. "I've said it a million times," Simmons tweeted on Feb. 20. "Any time Canada and Denmark battle in women's curling, you know you're in for a special night." [12]

Grand Slam record[edit]

Key
C Champion
F Lost in Final
SF Lost in Semifinal
QF Lost in Quarterfinals
R16 Lost in the round of 16
Q Did not advance to playoffs
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Autumn Gold SF Q F QF QF QF QF Q
Manitoba Lotteries Q SF QF QF Q SF SF
Colonial Square Ladies Classic N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Q
The Masters Grand Slam of Curling N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A DNP
Players' Championships SF SF SF C QF DNP DNP

Former Events[edit]

Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
Wayden Transportation QF Q SF N/A N/A
Sobeys Slam N/A Q Q N/A DNP

Teams[edit]

Susan O'Connor (left) and Cheryl Bernard (right)
Season Skip Third Second Lead Events
1991–92 Cheryl Bernard Allison Earl Barb Davies Bev Kellerman 1992 STOH
1995–96 Cheryl Kullman Karen Ruus Barb Davies Judy Pendergast 1996 STOH
1996-97 Cheryl Kullman Karen Ruus Barb Davies Judy Pendergast
1997-98 Cheryl Kullman Karen Ruus Barb Davies Judy Pendergast
1998-99 Cheryl Bernard Karen Ruus Barb Davies Crystal Rumberg
1999-00 Cheryl Bernard Karen Ruus Barb Davies Crystal Rumberg
2001-02 Cheryl Bernard Susan O'Connor Barb Davies Karen Ruus
2002-03 Cheryl Bernard Susan O'Connor Joanne Sipka Karen Ruus
2003-04 Cheryl Bernard Susan O'Connor Joanne Sipka Karen Ruus
2004–05 Cheryl Bernard Susan O'Connor Jody McNabb Karen Ruus
2005–06 Cheryl Bernard Susan O'Connor Carolyn Darbyshire Cori Bartel
2006–07 Cheryl Bernard Susan O'Connor Carolyn Darbyshire Cori Bartel 2007 STOH
2007–08 Cheryl Bernard Susan O'Connor Carolyn Darbyshire Cori Bartel
2008–09 Cheryl Bernard Susan O'Connor Carolyn Darbyshire Cori Bartel 2009 STOH
2009–10 Cheryl Bernard Susan O'Connor Carolyn Darbyshire Cori Bartel 2009 COCT, 2010 OG
2010–11 Cheryl Bernard Susan O'Connor Carolyn Darbyshire Cori Morris
2011–12 Cheryl Bernard Susan O'Connor Lori Olson-Johns Jennifer Sadleir
2012–13 Cheryl Bernard Susan O'Connor Lori Olson-Johns Shannon Aleksic
2013–14 Cheryl Bernard Susan O'Connor Lori Olson-Johns Shannon Aleksic

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bernard's win at Canadian trials a surprise". CBC (The New York Times Company). 2010-02-05. Retrieved 2010-02-27. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b Michael Friscolanti (2010-02-27). "Cheryl Bernard loses the gold". Macleans. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  3. ^ a b Sunny Dhillon (2010-01-27). "Cheryl Bernard took unique path to 2010 Olympics". CTV. Canada Inc. Archived from the original on 2010-01-30. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ [2][dead link]
  6. ^ "Olympic medallist Bernard forms new team with O'Connor". Tsn.ca. 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  7. ^ "Heart Chart". 2011-02-19. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  8. ^ Bill says: (2011-04-15). "Olympians eliminated, bid tearful farewell". Grand Slam of Curling. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  9. ^ "Heather Nedohin named MVP at 2012 Scotties Tournament of Hearts". Canadian Curling Association. 2012-02-26. 
  10. ^ "Canadian Olympian Bernard retires from curling". Sportsnet. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Marketwire Press Release". Polished Publishing Group (PPG). Marketwire. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 
  12. ^ CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/blogs/postblog/2010/02/popular-sports-columnists-take-a-shine-to-canadas-bernard.html |url= missing title (help). [dead link]

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