Nfld. & Labrador

Honorary degrees for Team Gushue

The members of Team Gushue received honorary doctorates from Memorial University of Newfoundland Friday afternoon.

The members of Team Gushue received honorary doctorates from Memorial University of Newfoundland Friday afternoon.

Gold-medal curlers Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Jamie Korab, Mike Adam, Russ Howard and coach Toby McDonald all received honorary Doctor of Laws degrees during the university's spring convocation ceremony.

"It's a pretty neat honour and I think it's good for curling to see us get something like this," said Gushue, who holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Memorial.

"When I went to my convocation, when I got my business degree, I can remember the honorary doctorate at that one and never, ever thought I'd be in this position."

Gushue said the rest of his team are equally excited — and surprised — to be receiving the honorary degrees.

"I think it's fitting that all of us are getting awarded this because all of us had an equal part in winning a gold and they're just really excited," said Gushue.

"I know we've been joking around with each other and Jamie's been calling himself doctor."

Team Gushue won the gold medal for men's curling at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.

They became the first Canadian men to win Olympic curling gold, and the first Newfoundland and Labrador-based athletes to win Olympic gold.

Gushue said his life has become even more hectic since the Olympics ended.

"It's been crazy," he said.

"Doing a lot of appearances and also doing some charity work and trying to find a job … and wedding plans and we're building a house so there's a lot of stuff going on in my life right now."

Gushue and his fiancé, Krista Tibbo, plan to get married on Sept. 8.

In the meantime, Gushue said he and his team are taking a break from curling.

"We're going to take up until September off and really just regroup," he said.

"We've actually started our off-ice training. We've been back in the gym the last couple of weeks and just getting back into the shape we were before the Olympics and at the Olympics. In September we'll get back on the ice and start training again for next year."

Gushue said the team hopes to represent Canada again at the 2010 Olympics.

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