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02-21-18 12:45AM
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That was a nice blog post, although slightly delusional. They didn't really play THAT well. They left a lot of points on the ice. I have to believe they realize that and just haven't admitted it to the press. Homan herself repeatedly missed clutch shots, and I can't imagine she has forgotten those.

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A little something to read from Rachael. Enjoy.

http://www.curling.ca/blog/2018/02/...rachel-homan-2/


Thanks for the link.
Pretty standard stuff, though - kind of 'cut and paste' - anyone in that position would have written exactly the same thing. There isn't anything personal or revealing there - just standard, 'politically correct' stuff. It doesn't sound like the real, intense Rachel, who is no doubt very pissed off right now - the blog sounds more like what Curling Canada told her to write.
I'd be more interested to read her honest and true thoughts a few days from now, after it has all had a chance to sink in.

A few days ago, in this or another thread, I posted a link to an article that was written just before the Homan team left for South Korea. In that article, Homan was quoted as saying that they were disappointed to not win the Olympic berth 4 years ago, but they now realize that they weren't ready to handle the Olympic stage 4 years ago - they didn't realize then that they weren't ready, but they realize it now. She goes on to state that now, they're ready.
It was glaringly evident, however, that they still are not ready, as the pressure obviously got to them - big time.

Here is that article...
http://www.sportsnet.ca/olympics/bi...ympics-pebbled/

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There are many, including this old boy who think Team Homan was actually over-prepared for Korea. They had extra training, extra coaching, new coaches approved by Resby Canada, a new spare in TSN's Cheryl Bernard; Earle Morris was still an advisor available on a moment's notice. Kingsbury was the psychological genius.

Then this!

All the preparation - but not enough shots!

That's why they're on the verge of going out meekly - even Mouse Moisseva from OAR jarred them for an opening end 4 in End 1.

Moisseva might not be able to protect a big lead - even against a broken and damaged Homan side but 3-6 still looms. . . . . I suspect they'll rally round the troops and edge out the Russians to finish 4-5 - - - - first Canadian Olympic curling team (mens, womens, mixed) to MISS PLAYOFFS

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It was glaringly evident, however, that they still are not ready, as the pressure obviously got to them - big time.

Yes, there were some signs of nerves, which is expected, but big game skips have to be able to play through those. I thought it was strange when Homan was throwing her final stone against Great Britain. She hesitated in the hack before preparing to throw her draw and started asking questions. She seemed so scared...as if the realization that this was do or die was too much. I wasn't surprised when her draw came up light.

This has also made me appreciate even more what Jennifer Jones did in 2014. Before every big shot, Jones looked nervous, but she still made the shots. Whatever Jones has inside her to play through those nerves, it's the right stuff.

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It seemed that CC swooped in and took control of Team Homan instead of leaving well enough alone. And we all see how that worked out!

Jones was left alone with the spare of her choice - Kirsten Wall who had some international experience but not worlds or Olympics. Her coach of choice - advisor Janet.

CC must have been concerned about Team Homan to throw all these resources at her. I agree with all the other posters who have said there is something off with this team this year. They pulled it together for the trials but then seemed to fall apart again. When I saw Korea wipe the floor with them at the Canadian Open...I had a feeling the Olympics may not go well.

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