Hometown fans cheer on Homan rink to Olympic berth
Team from Ottawa Curling Club wins Olympic qualifying tournament on home ice
The vast majority of the flag-waving, cowbell-ringing, name-chanting Canadian Tire Centre fans got what they wanted Sunday afternoon.
Ottawa's Rachel Homan defeated Calgary's Chelsea Carey 6-5 in front of a boisterous home crowd in Sunday's women's final at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings.
- Rachel Homan wins Roar of the Rings to punch her Olympic ticket
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Homan, the second seed at 7-1, beat reigning Olympic champion Jennifer Jones a day earlier to reach the final.
The 2017 world champion picked up where she left off, putting steady pressure on Carey and taking advantage of mistakes.
Carey was down a pair with hammer in the 10th and missed a double takeout attempt that would have forced an extra end.
"That was very, very nerve-racking," said Ben Miskew, the younger brother of Emma Miskew, who throws third stones for Homan.
"I'm super excited. It's tough to put into words. This was their goal for these past four years and it's great to see them achieve it."
"My heart was going 100 miles an hour hoping she was going to do the right shot. And she did," said Sandy Bonenfant, herself a curler at Ottawa's RA Curling Club.
John and Brenda O'Neill said they've known Homan since she was 12 because their daughter is also a curler.
"They deserve to win. They've been growing and working at it a long time," said Brenda.
The team's home club was a little excited too.
AHHHHHH TEAM HOMAN IS GOING TO THE GOD DAMN <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PyeongChang2018?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PyeongChang2018</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Olympics?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Olympics</a>!!!!!!—@OttCurlingClub
Announced attendance was 7,490 to bring the overall total to 106,807. The venue has a capacity of about 17,000.
Curling’s one of those sports where you try to be quiet as the players are going, especially because they have to talk to each other, but at breaks... oh boy. Chant after the 1st end was “Homan fans, in the stands, if you’re with us clap your hands!” <a href="https://t.co/tjgrdp6a5z">pic.twitter.com/tjgrdp6a5z</a>—@amkfoote
These 2 rows of section 119 are the loudest Team Homan fans. They have cheers for all the players. And a cowbell. <a href="https://t.co/f72KT6AAsk">pic.twitter.com/f72KT6AAsk</a>—@amkfoote
There was a loud rumble among the shouts and claps after one Team Homan shot. Turns out it was this guy in a Hulk hand banging on the boards. <a href="https://t.co/f7oRo4uoIb">pic.twitter.com/f7oRo4uoIb</a>—@amkfoote