She may be an elite curler but she still likes hashbrowns and waffles for breakfast.
Many of you have asked us about the female who is featured in our “Hockey’s In the House” poster with Kevin Martin and John Morris. That lovely lady is Chelsea Carey, a rising star in the sport. She was the runner up to Jennifer Jones in last year’s Manitoba provincial playdowns and finished last season in sixth place on the CTRS (Canadian Team Ranking System), landing her a spot in the 2012 Canada Cup.
Recently our own Andrew Brett sat down with Chelsea to learn more about her.
If you weren’t curling what sport would you be playing?
I was a competitive dancer until I was 19 and I miss it so I’d likely still be doing that! I took up golf late, which I constantly regret, so that would be another option.
Where were you born?
Winnipeg! Born & raised.
What is your current hometown?
I’m rather boring this way… I’ve never moved from Winnipeg.
When you're not curling, what is your full time job?
Senior Sales Representative at Sealy Mattress Company.
When did you start curling?
Growing up I was raised by the waitresses at the Granite Curling Club, given how much time my Dad spent there. I’ve been on the ice since I could walk, but I started “organized” curling at Connie Laliberte’s curling school back when there used to be ice at the Winnipeg Winter Club. I was about 5.
Who is your favourite athlete?
This is a tough question. I have always been a big fan of Tiger Woods, as I don’t think there has ever been an athlete mentally tougher than he was at his peak. I’m also a huge hockey fan, so I admire guys like Gretzky and Crosby, or growing up I was always a big fan of Cam Neely and Ray Bourque.
Where is your favourite place to curl?
In an arena in small-town Manitoba, where our Provincial Scotties are held. The stands are always packed and the fans are so knowledgeable and appreciative. I look forward to it every year! Cranbrook at the Canada Cup last year was also incredible for the same reasons – the fans were amazing to us and the arena was just packed constantly. Such a cool atmosphere.
What's your favourite food?
My biggest vice is salt – potato chips and French fries. I don’t eat those very often though! I love breakfast… eggs, ham, hashbrowns, waffles, pancakes.
Where is your favourite vacation spot?
Curling limits vacation time (in my case it eliminates it), so I haven’t been very many places. I went to Hawaii in grade 12 and it was incredible… I also love our family cabin at Lake of the Woods and could easily spend a week (or 3) of holidays there!
What's your favourite TV show?
I don’t watch a ton of TV, but I like Master Chef, The Amazing Race, Criminal Minds, and Modern Family.
What are you listening to on your Ipod?
It’s on Shuffle… right now it’s The Waiting by Tom Petty.
Who is your favourite curler other than yourself?
My Dad! Always admired him so much. Currently playing there are a bunch, but I love how Glenn Howard’s team is a true unit… there’s so much support there and they genuinely have fun. It’s a perfect example of the whole being even greater than the sum of its parts.
Who is your role model?
My Dad again! Haha that may be a common theme.
Have you ever been in a bar fight?
I punched a guy in the stomach once because he wouldn’t stop touching me. I warned him first, though!
Do you have a celebrity crush?
Zach Bogosian or Gabe Landeskog.
What is your favourite movie?
A Few Good Men (there are lots, but that one is up there for sure).
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would they title it?
Ask me again in 20 years! I’ve still got a lot of life to live.
If you could be anyone dead or alive who would you be?
Myself! Although it might be fun to be someone famous temporarily.
What would you do if you had a million dollars?
Buy a house, invest a bunch, and try to turn it into enough money to perpetually live off of so I could be a full-time athlete.
Favorite sports team?
Winnipeg Jets of course!
Preferred shot to win a game?
What is one of your favourite quotes?
No one says “it’s only a game” when they’re winning.
What is your favourite body part
This could be read a lot of different ways! The first thing I notice on someone is typically their eyes.
What is your favourite form of exercise?
Playing a sport… it’s far more fun than lifting weights to me. That being said, my regular regime is running for cardio and weight circuits for strength training.
If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?
I turn 28 tomorrow, and I kinda like being this age. Somewhere 27-35 I think would be great.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Stood through the closing ceremony after losing the Provincial final (twice).
In the months ahead, we are going to feature many of Goldline’s local, national, and international ambassadors here on our blog. We are proud to sponsor many individuals, teams and events and will feature many of the players in our newsletter so that you can learn a little bit more about the stars in our sport.