Q & A with 3-time Olympian Debbie McCormick
If you have been involved in the sport of curling for any time at all, you will undoubtedly be familiar with the name Debbie McCormick: 3-time Olympian, a six-time world medallist at both the junior and senior levels of play (including the gold medal in 2003), and current vice on the team skipped by Erika Brown. Debbie is also a key individual distributor for Goldline in the U.S.A.
Debbie recently stopped by our Mississauga store, where I had the chance to talk to Debbie about her team’s preparation during this Olympic year.
Question: many of the readers of this newsletter are not familiar with the U.S.C.A.’s selection process for its Olympic teams. Can you tell us about your Olympic qualifying trials?
Answer: Our Olympic trials begin on November 11 in Fargo, North Dakota. On the women’s side of the draw, there are four teams that will be in the trials: teams Pottinger, Potter, George, and Brown. We will play a double round robin with the top two teams advancing to a best of three playdown. NBC will be televising all of the finals, and the U.S. Curling Association will be webstreaming all of the games.
Question: with this being an Olympic year, what changes, if any, has the team made in terms of its preparation?
Answer: We started curling in early August, which is a bit earlier than normal. Given we all live in different towns, we can’t practice together regularly, so we are putting in more game time than we normally do. We have 7 events planned and 1 practice weekend before the trials so overall we’ll be doing a lot more travelling. Our coach is also coming with us to more of our events to help out. And we have also really focused on fitness this year. We started our fitness training in the spring and it has continued through the summer and into the fall.
Question: Canadians just celebrated Thanksgiving and the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday is quickly approaching. What are you most thankful for this year?
Answer: That’s a great question. I am grateful for my health and for my family. And I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to do what I love.
Debbie: Goldline wishes you and the rest of your team mates the best of luck on your journey towards Olympic gold.