2000 Canadian Sport Awards
ALSO ON SLAM!
It's never easy to perform internationally for Canada in curling. The expectation is that Canadians should win every single curling event they enter. However the silver medal garnered by Canada's men curling squad at the Olympic Games capped a remarkable season for the Mike Harris team from Toronto. Remember the Mike Who headlines after the trials?
Harris and his team mates third Richard Hart, second Collin Mitchell, lead George Karrys-all aged 30 and under- and alternate Paul Savage emerged from relative obscurity to challenge for the gold at the Games. They lost in the final to the Swiss team led by wily veteran Patrick Huerlimann. The Canadians breezed through the round robin going 6-1, their only loss a meaningless last game against Norway. Then they trounced the Americans 7-1 in the semifinal to advance to the championship match. Maybe it was just going to smoothly.
Before winning the Olympic berth in November 1997, Harris's previous best result was reaching the Ontario championship final twice. However, at trials in November 1997, he upset what was considered the toughest field in curling history including world champions Kevin Martin, Ed Werenich, Russ Howard, Jeff Stoughton and Kerry Burtnyk to earn a ticket to Nagano.