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Ottawa’s Lisa Weagle on her “long road to another Olympic Games”

By Kiefer Uuksulainen on February 9, 2022

Training for an indoor team sport in the COVID-19 era proved to be a challenge for two-time Olympic curler Lisa Weagle on her road to Beijing 2022.

Apt613 connected with the 36-year-old Ottawa native for a written interview preceding the 2022 Winter Olympics. In the interview, Weagle recounts the pandemic pivot in her training program, acknowledges support from the Ottawa community, and provides home viewers with a backstage pass into curling strategy.

Responses have been edited for clarity and length.


Weagle took to curling at a young age. Admittedly, as an eight-year-old, her earliest motives were “Timbits and hot chocolate.” Her hunger matured into an Olympic dream, culminating in a sixth-place finish at Pyeongchang 2018.

Amid the pandemic, the road to Beijing forced Weagle to pivot her training regimen. “Preparation has definitely been different. When the pandemic started, [we] built a gym in our basement. I have been doing all my workouts there and working virtually with a trainer.”

On-ice training also proved to be a challenge for Weagle. Due to pandemic restrictions, most of her ice time was individual. Fortunately, Ottawa’s curling community was quick to lend a hand. “Several of the local clubs reached out offering me practice ice so I could train,” says Weagle.

 

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“In the lead-up to Beijing, my team created a bubble environment where we could safely train together,” says Weagle. “Although there have been challenges, it’s brought our team closer together. We’ve found ways to adapt and prepare to be our best in Beijing.”

Standing atop the podium in Beijing would be a familiar feeling for Weagle. It was there where she was crowned as the 2017 World Women’s Curling Champion, led by fellow Ottawa native and Beijing-bound Rachel Homan, along with Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney, and Cheryl Kreviazuk.

 

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“It’s been a long road to get to another Olympic Games and I have felt such great support from the Ottawa community,” says Weagle. “I am excited to share this experience with everyone back home.”

For those of us tuning in, Weagle offers her insight: “One of the things that makes curling unique is the players all wear microphones, so you can hear exactly what they are saying to each other. You can catch some really interesting strategic tidbits.”

Weagle and teammates Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jocelyn Peterman, and fellow Ottawan, Dawn McEwen, take to the ice in the women’s tournament round robin on Feb. 10 at 7:05am EST. The competition runs through Feb. 19.


Follow two-time Olympian Lisa Weagle in her pursuit of gold on Twitter and Instagram. Keep an eye out for all of the Beijing-bound athletes representing Ottawa-Gatineau, including:

Mirela Rahneva (skeleton)
Valérie Grenier (alpine skiing)
Cody Sorensen and Mike Evelyn (bobsleigh)
Hannah Schmidt and Jared Schmidt (freestyle skiing)
Ivanie Blondin and Isabelle Weidemann (speed skating)
Lisa Weagle, Dawn McEwen, Rachel Homan, and John Morris (curling)
Mason McTavish, Eric O’Dell, and Jamie Lee Rattray (hockey)
Antoine Cyr, Katherine Stewart-Jones, and Laura Leclair (cross-country skiing)