Remember Torino? Relive Brad Gushue's historic Olympics

Brad Gushue and the "b'ys" are back in St. John's for the Brier this week. Regardless of how his rink does, Gushue can still lay claim to being a part of Canada's first men's Olympic curling gold.

Canada claimed its 1st men's curling gold in 2006

After winning gold at the 2006 Winter Olympics, Canadian curler Brad Gushue made sure to call his mom right away. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

Brad Gushue and the b'ys are back in St. John's for the Brier this week. Regardless of how his rink does, Gushue can still lay claim to being a part of Canada's first men's Olympic curling gold.

Gushue is chasing an elusive Brier championship in his home province more than a decade after he and his rink of Russ Howard, Mark Nichols, Jamie Korab and Mike Adam went from longshot qualifiers at the Canadian trials to champions at the Torino 2006 Winter Olympics.

As the tournament heats up on the Rock, let's take a look back at the Games that made Gushue a part of Canadian curling history.

Clutch against Great Britain

Sitting at 1-1 after the first two games in Turin, Canada needed a win over the highly touted British rink led by David Murdoch. Unfazed, the then-25-year-old Gushue sealed the victory with a clutch double in the ninth end.

Brad Gushue's game-clinching double

6 years ago
Duration 0:52
Brad Gushue sealed Canada's round-robin win over Great Britain with a double en route to the rink's gold-medal win at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin.

Winning it for mom

Canada finished the round robin in second and reached the final against top-ranked Finland after a tense semifinal. It only took Gushue and the Canadians eight ends to secure gold thanks to a six-point sixth end (but more on that later).

Canada claims first men's curling gold

6 years ago
Duration 1:23
Brad Gushue and the rest of Team Canada celebrate their gold-medal win in Torino after just eight ends against Finland.

While Gushue's father, Ray, was in Italy for the tournament — wearing his ubiquitous "Brad's Dad" shirt — his mother, Maureen, was at home undergoing treatment for cancer. Immediately after the final stone was thrown, there was only one person Gushue wanted to speak to.

Brad Gushue phones home after Olympic gold

6 years ago
Duration 2:55
Immediately after winning Olympic gold, Brad Gushue called his mother Maureen back in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Total team effort

Mark Nichols' performance at the Torino Olympics played a huge part in Canada's run to gold. The ace third — who is also a part of Gushue's rink at the Brier along with Geoff Walker and Brett Gallant — had an impressively high shot percentage throughout the Games, including a 97 per cent performance in the final.

His biggest shot undoubtedly came during Canada's sixth end in the gold-medal game.

Mark Nichols' Olympic hot streak

6 years ago
Duration 0:58
Canadian curler Mark Nichols put on an impressive display throughout the 2006 Winter Olympics, including this shot in the gold-medal game against Finland.


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