Ebene Magazine – “Curling addict” Laurie St-Georges makes a lot of noise at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts – TSN.ca

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Ebene Magazine - “Curling addict” Laurie St-Georges makes a lot of noise at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts - TSN.ca

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Self-proclaimed « curling addict » Laurie St-Georges is a little surprised at all of the interview requests she received at this year’s Tournament of Hearts.

« I wasn’t really prepared for that, » said St- Georges on Monday morning to TSN.ca. « I didn’t expect that many interviews, but it’s really nice because I’m actually studying journalism. I feel good about it and practice my English a little. »

The 23-year-old Scotties rookie and her rink Curling clubs Laval-sur-le-Lac and Glenmore in Quebec, also known on Twitter as @CurlRockStars, have quickly gained a solid fan base thanks to their strong play and positive attitudes within the Calgary bubble in Canada Olympic Park.

Quebec holds a 3-1 record, highlighted by a shocking 8-6 comeback win over Prince Edward Island veteran Suzanne Birt on Sunday and an 8-7 win over the previously undefeated wild card rink that is two-time Canadian Master Chelsea Carey has skipped Mondays. In that game, St-Georges met three opposing stones on her last in the 10th but made a tie that was good enough to steal one and secure the win.

« My girls play so well », said St-Georges ahead of their game on Monday. « We don’t really need a crowd because we’re so on the ice. We always smile and have fun. We take team shots. It’s so nice to be out there and take some shots with my friends. My team and I look at it they actually as a family. It’s just amazing to be here representing Quebec with my family. « 

And that can be taken literally, as St-Georges’ younger sister, 19 year old Cynthia, is with her Father Michel St-Georges, who sits behind the scoreboard as a coach and plays the lead in the team.

St-George’s friend Felix Asselin is also a hair curler and the couple will team up at the Canadian Mixed Double Curling Championships next month.

« We have a table in our living room with small [curling] stones and two houses. And we just practice. We only heal addicts. It’s such a big part of our lives and we love it. Without curling I would have so. » a lot of Free time, « said St-Georges.

Despite playing in her first Canadian Championship and having all the excitement and emotion that comes with that experience, St-Georges says her squad has a strong mindset.

« We are a pretty intense team. But I think we have a good intensity. It’s not stressful being out there. We’re pretty calm, « she said.

The Laval native has a lot of experience on the big stage, though, having skipped the province at three Canadian Junior Championships and made it to the 2018 final before moving on to Kaitlyn Jones from Nova Scotia fell.

Thanks to some promising results, including a final appearance in Quebec last year, Team St-Georges was tapped by the provincial Curling Association to enter the Scotties Bubble after the playdowns due to COVID-19 restrictions have been removed.

« We just enjoy the moment and just want to take it all in, » said St. Georges.

As with most teams within the curling bubble, training time was in limited at best this season due to the pandemic.

« To be honest, we didn’t take a single team shot before the Scotties. It was all for us, « she explained.

Quebec allowed curlers to hit the ice in pairs as the St Georges sisters could practice together daily in the run-up to the Nationals. Their father even frozen the family pool and out of it Made a mini curling rink while Armstrong could throw stones at her uncle’s backyard lane in Ottawa.

« It’s not ideal, but it’s still pretty nice. Have a glass of wine and just chat. We really talked about communication, mental preparation, physical preparation and nutrition, « said St-Georges. » So we were better prepared than we thought. Maybe not technical, but outside of the ice we worked really hard on our strategy, mental toughness and everything. « 

St-Georges and the rest of the Quebec team are busy in their hotel rooms, and all four are full-time students.

« Everyone thinks we are not busy, but we are really very busy because we are still in school, » said the journalism student at the Université du Québec à Montréal. « We are all in school, so we have many Homework done and we’re missing classes so obviously we need to catch up. « 

With their record, Quebec is in a good position to qualify for the championship pool for the first time since its inception at the Scotties 2018.

« We just have to play our game. Take a few shots, keep it simple, and maybe put some pressure on them [other team], « she said.

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