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The curling landscape shifted dramatically over the last month of the 2013-2014 seas
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The curling landscape shifted dramatically over the last month of the 2013-2014 season. Vapormax Flyknit 2 Gris . When Kevin Martin and Jennifer Jones won the season-ending Players Championship, many rinks – especially on the mens side – had played their last game together. A legend retired, a skip left his Brier-winning team, old friends reunited and the best stayed together. With this being an Olympic year, many curlers felt it was necessary to join a new squad at seasons end in order to have a better shot at competing in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. With all the changes, which rink do you think is the favourite going into next season and beyond? Lets start from the beginning. Going into the mens world championships in Beijing, China earlier this month, Canadian champion Kevin Koe announced that he was leaving his team to join a new rink next season, comprised of Marc Kennedy and Ben Hebert from Martins team as well as Brent Laing from Glenn Howards rink. This group is an interesting one. They definitely have a lot of experience as Kennedy and Hebert won Olympic gold with Martin back in 2010, while Laing captured world titles as Howards second in 2007 and 2012. Laing and Hebert will remain in their familiar positions, but Kennedy will be bumped up to third stones after spending the last 11 years throwing in the two hole. Is Koe the favourite despite a third who has never played the position professionally? As a result of his team finding new homes and – more importantly – a lack of desire to devote four years to an Olympic run, curling legend Kevin Martin retired at seasons end. Martin played 26 seasons, racking up four Briers, one world championship and, of course, Olympic gold in 2010. Pat Simmons, Carter Rycroft and Nolan Thiessen will return to the Brier in 2015 as Team Canada after winning the national championship this season with Koe at the helm. With Koe jumping ship, the threesome were able to convince John Morris to join them as their skip. Morris had previously skipped Jim Cotter, Tyrel Griffith and Rick Sawatsky to the finals at the 2014 Brier where they lost to Koe.  The 35-year-old, who had planned to take a year off from curling unless a good opportunity presented itself, will play a limited schedule due to work commitments next season. Hes a two-time Brier champion (2008, 2009), a world champion (2008) and an Olympic champion (2010). Will Morris be able to keep this team back at the same level? Another veteran skip on the Grand Slam circuit also made news recently. Glenn Howard, 51, will reunite with an old friend next year, as Richard Hart will come out of retirement to play third. The pair were able to capture a Brier and world championship together back in 2007 before Hart decided to leave the game in 2011. Howard is also bringing in Jon Mead to replace Laing at second after he played third for Jeff Stoughtons rink for the past five seasons. Craig Savill will remain the teams lead. After a disappointing year for Howard, will there be a revival of past success with these changes in 2014-2015? Then there is Jeff Stoughton, who had his entire team leave him this season. Mead went to Howard, Mark Nichols left to throw third stones for Brad Gushue (they won Olympic gold in 2006 together) and Reid Carruthers will skip his own squad next year. With Morris taking the Team Canada position, Stoughton had to start from scratch. According to the Winnipeg Free Press, the 50-year-olds new rink will be comprised of Rob Fowler at third, Alex Forrest at second and Connor Njegovan at lead. Can Stoughton surprise some people with this new group? One of the few teams that is staying pat is Brad Jacobs Sault Ste. Marie rink. The foursome is coming back for another shot at Olympic glory. Will they continue to roll or will an Olympic hangover set in after reaching the top of the sport at such a young age? As seen above, Gushue will have a new/old look next year. Does he have what it takes to get back to the top of the sport with the move? Then theres a few under-the-radar teams that may surprise some people. Is there a chance Mike McEwen, who finished atop the money standings this season, Jim Cotter, John Epping or Steve Laycock could make some noise on the curling circuit? It should be an interesting season of rock throwing next winter. With all the changes, which rink do you think is the favourite as we prepare for another run at Olympic gold? As always, its Your! Call. Vapormax 2019 Noir Pas Cher . A top pitching prospect, one who the ball club is pinning some of its future hopes, takes the spot of a veteran who once was viewed as a future ace but who, to this point, hasnt realized his potential and may never. Site Vapormax Pas Cher .com) - One point guard will return, while another will sit when the Minnesota Timberwolves visit American Airlines Center to take on the Dallas Mavericks. http://www.vapormaxpaschersoldes.fr/vent...homme.html . - The Raiders have released guard Mike Brisiel after two disappointing seasons in Oakland.BERLIN - Canadas mens long-track speedskating pursuit team qualified for the Winter Olympics on Saturday, placing eighth in a World Cup event. Mathieu Giroux of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que, Torontos Jordan Belchos and Reginas Lucas Makowsky finished in three minutes 46.80 seconds in the six-lap event. Makowsky and Giroux were on the winning team in Vancouver in 2010. "Today was a success for our Team Pursuit team as Jordan Belchos, Mathieu Giroux and Lucas Makowski stepped up under pressure and secured an Olympic spot for Canada in Sochi — proving that no matter which three of the four of us skate a Team Pursuit race, we all have what it takes to get the job done," said Denny Morrison, from Fort St. John, B.C., a substitute on the team. The Netherlands (3:41.46) took gold, followed by South Korea (3:41.92) and Poland (3:43.81). Canada earned a quota spot for Sochi with the result. Canadas womens team has already qualified for the Sochi Olympics, but will still race on Sunday. Winnipegs Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg, Ottawas Ivanie Blondin and Reginas Kali Christ are expected to race for Canada. Schussler trails fellow Canadian Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., in all-time World Cup team pursuit medals — 17 to 14. Nesbitt has opted to continue training in Calgary. "Sundays race will determine how they are seeded," said Sean Ireland, Speed Skating Canadas long-track program director. "The individuals whoo will comprise the pursuit teams at the Games will be determined after the Olympic trials. Vapormax 97 Silver Bullet Pas Cher. In singles competition, South Koreas Mo Tae-bum beat Dutchman Michel Mulder by 0.02 to win the mens 1,000 metres in 1:9.50. American Shani Davis, who previously won all three of the seasons races, was third — 0.09 seconds behind — though he maintains a commanding lead in the standings. William Dutton of Humboldt, Sask., was 15th and Morrison placed 20th. In womens competition, Olga Fatkulina of Russia took advantage of Olympic champion Lee Sang-hwas absence to win her first World Cup speedskating sprint of the season. Lee, who had won the seasons previous seven races over 500 metres, withdrew with a knee problem and Fatkulina claimed the victory in 37.92 seconds, ahead of Chinas Wang Beixing by 0.04 seconds. Heather Richardson of the United States was third, 0.08 behind, in the final World Cup meet before the Olympic Games in Sochi. Olympic silver medallist Jenny Wolf of Germany struggled with a painful ankle after crashing on Friday and had to be content with fourth. Ireen Wust of the Netherlands won the womens 1,500 for her second win of the season. Wust clocked 1:55.33 to beat Polands Katarzyna Bachleda-Curus by 0.60 seconds and compatriot Lotte van Beek by 0.95. Schussler was 11th in A 1500m while Calgarys Kaylin Irvine finished 18th in A 500m. Marsha Hudey, also of Regina, was eighth in the B 500m. ' ' '
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