Rachel Homan doesn’t plan on taking off her third Scotties Tournament of Hearts championship ring anytime soon.
“It’s exciting. It’s fresh,” says the curling star, who captured her latest Canadian title in February. “Winning it three times we feel is a huge accomplishment.”
Three national titles in five Scotties appearances puts Homan in elite company. But the novelty of winning it all isn’t lost on the skip or her teammates, especially when it comes in such dramatic fashion.
“To get back to the top and win it for a third time is something we’re really proud of,” she says.
Homan’s rink went on to the world championship in Beijing and became the first women’s team in history to go undefeated en route to winning gold.
Now Homan and company are reloading and setting their sights on winning the Canadian Olympic curling trials, which take place in their hometown of Ottawa in December.
After taking the month of May off to completely check out from the game, the team is back in training mode and making it clear they want to be wearing the maple leaf at next year’s Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.
“There’s no doubt about it. We want to be in that final and have a chance to win that game and make a shot for the win to represent Canada in the Olympics,” Homan says.
The team has already mapped out what the next few months will look like leading up to the Olympic trials, including workout plans, practice times and what to eat.
Homan isn’t afraid of making the team’s goals public.
“I think you have to do that,” she says. “Everyone around you knows your goals. They’re there to support you. It helps push you and motivate you when you really don’t want to go to the gym.”
As much winning as the team has experienced, Homan…