EDMONTON - With a chance to win $1 million in front of thousands of cheering people, Longbow Lake, Ont.,’s Bob Stewart felt the same way that most people would in his situation.
“Nervous,” he said on Sunday evening, after placing his million-dollar attempt outside of the house.
“The throw was fine. The out-turn didn’t have enough weight for that ice. It’s a cold shot, you don’t get to check the speed of the ice beforehand or anything. As long as the delivery is smooth, after that you hope for the best.”
Stewart was the finalist in the Capital One Million Dollar Button contest and was flown in on an all-expenses paid trip with three friends to the Brier, where he made his attempt during the fifth-end break of the gold-medal game.
“It’s been a great experience, unbelievable,” he said. “Only five or six others have done this.”
Clinton Braganza, Capital One’s vice-president of brand marketing, Canada, came out onto the ice at Rexall Place ready to part with the million dollars.
“It was a thrill,” he said. “We wanted to write a big cheque today. It’s nerve-wracking in front of everyone, but ... I think he did terrific.”
Ontario dominates all-star teams
Glenn Howard’s Ontario rink that cruised through the round-robin portion of the Canadian men’s curling championship also dominated the all-star selections, with Howard (skip), third Wayne Middaugh and second Brent Laing all making the first team.
It was the sixth time that Howard has been named the all-star skip. He was the top-shooting skip at 89 per cent.
Manitoba lead Mark Nichols was the all-star lead.
Alberta’s Marc Kennedy made the second all-star team at second. He was a first-team all-star in 2008 and 2009.
Also on the second team were Newfoundland skip Brad Gushue, Manitoba third Jon Mead and Ontario lead Craig Savill.
Nova Scotia skip Paul Flemming won the Ross Harstone Trophy for the player-voted sportsmanship award. He also won the award in 2001.
Canadian men take bronze at world juniors
Matt Dunstone of Winnipeg won a bronze medal for Canada at the world junior championship in Sochi, Russia.
Canada defeated Sweden 6-4 after losing 11-8 to Russia in the semifinal on Saturday.
Dunstone’s team — third Colton Lott, second Daniel Grant and lead Brendan MacCuish — is from Winnipeg.
“Whenever you finish a tournament off with a win, it’s a very good thing,” Dunstone said in a news release through the Canadian Curling Association.
“We’re going home with a medal for Canada and that’s an unbelievable feeling.”
Scotland won the gold medal in a dominant 6-2 showing against Russia.
World men’s field
The field is complete for the world curling championship March 30-April 7 at Victoria.
Besides Canada, the other teams are: Rui Liu of China, Jiri Snitil of Czech Republic, Rasmus Stjerne of Denmark, Aku Kauste of Finland, Yusuke Morozumi of Japan, Thomas Ulsrud of Norway, Andrey Drozdov of Russia, David Murdoch of Scotland, Niklas Edin of Sweden, Sven Michel of Switzerland and Brady Clark of the United States.
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