Brad Gushue

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Brad Gushue
Curler
Born (1980-06-16) June 16, 1980 (age 36)
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Team
Curling club Bally Haly G&CC,
St. John's, NL
Skip Brad Gushue
Third Mark Nichols
Second Brett Gallant
Lead Geoff Walker
Career
Brier appearances 14 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
World Championship
appearances
1 (2017)
Top CTRS ranking 2nd (2015–16)
Grand Slam victories 7: The National (2010, 2015), Masters (2014), Canadian Open (2014, 2017), Elite 10 (2016), Players' (2016)

Bradley Raymond "Brad" Gushue, ONL (born June 16, 1980) is a Canadian curler from Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador.[1] Gushue, along with teammates Russ Howard, Mark Nichols, Jamie Korab and Mike Adam, represented Canada in curling at the 2006 Winter Olympics, where they won the gold medal by defeating Finland 10–4, including a dramatic 6-point sixth end in the final match (even though he missed a draw for 7-points), which was conceded after the 8-end minimum stipulated under Olympic rules. He is also the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier champion with teammates Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant, and Geoff Walker, which was Newfoundland and Labrador's first Brier title in 41 years.

Career[edit]

Gushue is a six-time (1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001) provincial junior curling champion in his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the last five as skip. He finished with a bronze medal at the 1999 Canadian Junior Curling Championships, a silver medal at the 2000 Canadian Junior Curling Championships and in 2001, he not only won the provincial championship, but the 2001 Canadian Juniors and world junior championships as well. Gushue was also the alternate for John Morris at the 1998 World Junior Championships, which Morris won.

After his outstanding career as a junior, Gushue made an impressive transition into men's curling and his team quickly became a competitive force. Gushue qualified for the 2003 Nokia Brier where he finished with a 6–5 record. By the 2004 Nokia Brier, Gushue proved not only was he one of the best curlers in Newfoundland, but one of the best in Canada, when his team finished with an 8–4 record. The following year, Gushue qualified for the 2005 Tim Hortons Brier where his team once again finished 6–5.

In May 2005, Gushue brought in former world champion Russ Howard as fifth man on the team, in order to bring experience and advice for the Canadian Olympic trials. Shortly afterwards, second Mike Adam volunteered to step aside for Howard, as the team felt that Howard's skills and experience gave them the best chance to make it to the Olympics. Howard, playing as second, was given the right to call the team's shots as a skip would, but would defer to Gushue for the final word on calls. (Under international rules, Howard was nominally the skip, holding the broom in the house and sweeping opponents stones behind the tee line.) The personnel change was a success, as Gushue defeated Jeff Stoughton's team in the Olympic trials final on December 11, 2005, qualifying him to represent Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. At the Olympics, he defeated surprise finalist Finland's Markku Uusipaavalniemi to win the Gold medal.[2]

With his teammates, Gushue became the first Newfoundlander ever to win an Olympic gold medal. Prior to the gold medal match, a provincial order allowed for the closure of all schools at noon on that day, one hour before local coverage of the event began. [1] [2]

In 2007, Gushue replaced Mike Adam with Chris Schille as second. A month following their runner-up finish at the 2007 Tim Hortons Brier in Hamilton, Gushue announced that Jamie Korab, longtime teammate, was also cut from the team. Despite a strong Brier appearance and season, Gushue said that the team seemed to lack a needed chemistry and that Korab's departure was a group decision.[3] In 2008, David Noftall assumed the lead position but this did not prove to be a winning combination.

In April 2008, Gushue replaced his front-end for the sixth straight year: Jamie Korab rejoined the team as lead and Ryan Fry joined the team at second.[4] Gushue failed to make it out of the 2009 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials pre-qualifying tournament, where they won just one game.

In April 2010, Randy Ferbey joined Gushue's team holding the broom but throwing third rocks. Gushue continued to throw last rocks.[5] Mark Nichols moved from third to second position and Ryan Fry played lead. Jamie Korab decided to take a year or two off. In their first event as a team, the rink lost to Thomas Lips in the final of the 2010 Baden Masters.

On February 9, 2011, Randy Ferbey announced that he was no longer curling with the Gushue team. He stated "I was done curling with them in Oshawa (The BDO Canadian Open Grand Slam Event).[6]

For the 2011–12 season, Gushue put together a team of Ryan Fry, Geoff Walker of Alberta, and Adam Casey of PEI.

Gushue played in the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials – Road to the Roar, and just missed out on advancing to the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, losing to the eventual Olympic gold medalist Brad Jacobs rink in the final qualifying game. He would still be at the Olympic Trials as the alternate for Kevin Martin's team, winning a bronze medal as the alternate.

Brier appearances[edit]

Gushue has played in 14 Briers, all for his native Newfoundland and Labrador. He made his first showing at the Brier (Canadian Men's National Championship) in 2003, and has continued to represent Newfoundland and Labrador each year since, except in 2006 when he was unable to participate due to being at the Olympics in Italy. In 2004, Brad Gushue was named the All Star skip at the Nokia Brier.

In 2007 Gushue seemed ready to add a Brier title to his Olympic Gold, finishing the round robin a strong 8–3 for 2nd place, earning himself a spot in the "One vs. Two" playoff game, where he beat Ontario's Glenn Howard (who he had lost to in the round robin) with a calm, measured performance critics said he could not muster without Russ any longer with him to tame his overly aggressive tendencies. His team thus advanced to the finals, where they would have a rematch with Howard, and this time would lose, in a game that would turn when in the 7th end tied 5-5 and with hammer, rather than taking 1, Brad tried an extremely difficult (many said impossible) shot for 3 or 4, which he would miss to give up a crucial steal of 2, firmly handing the momentum over to the Howard side. This choice led to many of his critics again questioning his brash nature of wanting to go for the boldest shots unnecessarily at times, and questioning if he could ever win again without strategic mastermind Russ Howard still at his side.

At the 2008 Brier, Gushue's team failed to make the playoffs, losing a tie-breaker to British Columbia's Bob Ursel.[7]

At the 2009 Brier, Team Gushue performed strongly, ending the round robin in 3rd place. However a loss in the 3-4 game to eventual runner up Jeff Stoughton left him finishing the event in 4th place.

In 2010 Gushue would again be a playoff team, ending the round robin in 4th place. He would lose to eventual winner Kevin Koe in the 3-4 game however, for the 2nd straight year finishing in 4th place.

During the 2011 Tim Horton's Brier event in London, The Gushue Rink won the first ever Brier Bronze Medal game, defeating Kevin Martin (Alberta) 10-5. He had an excellent round robin, for the first time in his career finishing the round robin in 1st place at 9-2 (Jeff Stoughton and Kevin Martin were also 9-2 but had lost their round robin meetings with Gushue). He would lose both the 1-2 game to Stoughton and semifinal to Glenn Howard though. Still this would be his first podium finish at the Brier since his silver in 2007, and his 2nd ever.

Gushue missed the playoffs at the 2012 Tim Hortons Brier, posting a 5-6 record.

At the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier, his rink made the playoffs again after an 8-3 round robin record. However, the team would lose in the 3 vs. 4 page playoff game against Northern Ontario, and then they would fall again in the bronze medal game to Ontario, settling for 4th.

At the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier, Gushue missed the playoffs for the 2nd time in 3 Briers, posting a 6-5 record.

At the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier, Gushue would have a great round-robin finishing 2nd at 9-2, including making the shot of the week to win in an extra end against AB. Said shot earned him an appearance on TSN SportsCentre's "1v1" segment and ultimately became the first athlete to retire as 1v1 Champion, winning the fan vote 10 times in a row against other spectacular plays in the world of sports. In the playoffs, Gushue would lose both the 1v2 game to Olympic Champion and 2013 Brier Champion Brad Jacobs, and the semifinal to eventual winner Pat Simmons. In the Bronze medal game against Steve Laycock's Sascatchewan team, Gushue would lose in an extra end when he missed a difficult runback shot.

Gushue won the Ford Hot Shots skills competition at the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier.[8] He finally made his seccond Brier final 9 years after his loss to Glenn Howard in the 2007 Brier final, advancing by defeating his longtime nemisis Brad Jacobs in the 1-2 game, but as the favorite would fall to Kevin Koe who had come all the won from the 3-4 game. Both teams curled strongly in the final, with Team Gushue at 91% and Team Koe at 94% but the main difference was at skip position where Brad was a disappointing 81% vs the near perfect 96% of Kevin Koe.

In 2017 he played the Brier in his home province, and there was high hype for him to finally break the 41 year old drought since the last Newfoundland Brier win, and at long last win his first Brier after numerous near misses. The previous Brier winners, Jack MacDuff and his teammates from 1976, were in the crowd during the Opening Ceremonies. Starting off in shaky form at 3-2 with losses to both Mike McEwen and shockingly the Northwest Territories (whose win over Gushue would be their only win of the entire round robin), Gushue found his form thereafter and reeled off six consecutive wins to end up at a 9-2 record and 2nd place after the round robin. For the third time in his career he would advance to the final by virtue of winning the 1-2 Page Playoff game, this time over Mike McEwen who had come into the playoffs as the #1 seed (with an identical 9-2 record, broken by virtue of his round robin win over Gushue). In a rematch of the 2016 final he would face Kevin Koe (now representing Team Canada), who just as in 2016 had come through the 3-4 game to the final, and who had overcome a big deficit (5-3 without hammer) in beating Mike McEwen in the semi finals. In the final, starting out with near flawless play Gushue would jump to a 5-1 lead. However, the team began to struggle slightly, compared to Team Canada, and with Team Koe curling better in the second half of the game, managing to tie the game in the 9th, at 6-6. On his final shot of the 10th end, Gushue nearly came up short in a draw shot, needing to hit 8 foot to win, but his sweepers were able to get it there for him to finally win his first Brier with a 7-6 triumph.

Personal life[edit]

Brad Gushue is currently a business owner.[9] Gushue married Krista Tibbo on September 8, 2006.[10] They have two children.

In 2006, Gushue co-authored a book with Alex J. Walling titled Golden Gushue: a Curling Story, which offers a behind the scenes look at the rise of his team to Olympic gold.[11]

Grand Slam record[edit]

His first Slam final was in 2005 when he finished second, after losing to Kevin Martin in the final game of Players' Championship.

He would not make it past a quarterfinal of another Grand Slam until the 2008-2009 season where he would have a strong Grand Slam season, reaching the semis of the Masters, and the final of the National where he lost to Wayne Middaugh.

In 2009-2010 he had an excellent Grand Slam season reaching the semis of the Masters, the finals of Players Championship where he lost to Kevin Martin, and at The National facing Randy Ferbey in the final, Gushue won the game, earning his first Grand Slam title of his career. [12]

After a stretch of years of some unspectacular results in the Grand Slam events he would have another strong season in 2013-2014 with 2 finals, losing in the finals of the National to Glenn Howard, and the Canadian Open to Kevin Koe.

In the 2014-2015 season Gushue had a spectacular season winning both the Masters (over Mike McEwen in the final), and the Canadian Open (over Steve Laycock in the final) to win 2 Grand Slam events in the same season for the first time of his career.

He would have another great season in 2015-2016 where he won The National over Reid Carruthers in the final, the Elite 10 also over Reid Carruthers in the final, and the Players Championships over Brad Jacobs in the final, both completing his career Grand Slam and being the first to win 3 Grand Slam events in the same season since Kevin Martin in the 2006-2007 season. Although it should be noted for the first time in history this season featured 7 Grand Slam events, after having been 5 in 2014-2015, and 4 every other prior year in the history of the Grand Slam events.

He would win his 7th Grand Slam at the Canadian Open with an 8-3 win over the 2 time World Champion Niklas Edin of Sweden. As of this event (in early January 2017), Brad Gushue has reached the championship match of a Grand Slam event 14 times, winning a career total of seven Slams.

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
T2 Played in Tier 2 event
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
Tour Challenge N/A F DNP
Masters Q DNP DNP DNP DNP Q Q SF SF QF QF Q DNP C QF DNP
The National DNP DNP DNP Q QF QF Q F C Q SF QF F Q C SF
Canadian Open DNP DNP DNP Q Q Q Q QF Q Q Q QF F C F C
Elite 10 N/A QF C Q
Players' DNP Q Q F Q Q Q QF F DNP Q QF SF QF C
Champions Cup N/A SF

Teams[edit]

Season Skip Third Second Lead
1994–95 Ryan Davis Brett Reynolds Brad Gushue Colin Josephson
1995–96 Brad Gushue Randy Turpin Brett Reynolds Colin Josephson
1996–97 Brad Gushue Randy Turpin Jamie Korab Brett Reynolds
1997–98 Brad Gushue Ryan Davis Jason Davidge Brett Reynolds
1998–99 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Neal Blackmore Steve Parsons
1999–00 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Jamie Korab Mike Adam
2000–01 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Brent Hamilton Mike Adam
2001–02 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Paul Harvey Gene Trickett
2002-03 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Jamie Korab Mark Ward
2003-04 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Jamie Korab Mark Ward
2004-05 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Keith Ryan Jamie Korab
2005-06 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Mike Adam
Russ Howard (skip)
Jamie Korab
2006-07 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Chris Schille Jamie Korab
2007-08 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Chris Schille David Noftall
2008-09 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Ryan Fry Jamie Korab
2009-10 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Ryan Fry Jamie Korab
2010-11* Brad Gushue Randy Ferbey (skip) Mark Nichols Ryan Fry
2011* Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Ryan Fry Jamie Danbrook
2011-12 Brad Gushue Ryan Fry Geoff Walker Adam Casey
2012-13 Brad Gushue Brett Gallant Adam Casey Geoff Walker
2013-14 Brad Gushue Brett Gallant Adam Casey Geoff Walker
2014–15 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Brett Gallant Geoff Walker
2015–16 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Brett Gallant Geoff Walker
2016–17 Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Brett Gallant Geoff Walker

*Ferbey left team mid season

Awards[edit]

  • Canadian Junior Curling Championships: All-Star Skip - 2000 and 2001
  • Brier: First Team All-Star, Skip - 2004 and 2017
  • Brier: Second Team All-Star, Skip - 2010, 2013, 2015, and 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2017 Brier Media Guide: Team Newfoundland and Labrador
  2. ^ "Gushue rink takes Torino gold". CBC News. February 24, 2006. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 
  3. ^ Short, Robin (April 5, 2007). "Korab cut". The Telegram. St. John's. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 
  4. ^ "TSN Curling Report". Archived from the original on January 12, 2009. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  5. ^ "Ferbey will throw third rocks". Edmonton Sun. April 6, 2010. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 
  6. ^ "Ferbey done with Gushue". Canoe.com Sports. February 9, 2011. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 
  7. ^ "The 2008 Tim Hortons Brier". Curling Scoops. Archived from the original on April 22, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Brad Gushue wins Ford Hot Shots Competition". Curling Canada. Curling Canada. March 5, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2016. 
  9. ^ http://cloudfront5.curling.ca/2016brier/files/2016/03/BRIER-FRI-ALL.pdf
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  11. ^ "Gushue ready to be the prime target". The Globe and Mail. November 6, 2006. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 
  12. ^ "First Grand Slam Title for Brad Gushue". Curling Scoops. Archived from the original on March 16, 2014. 

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