Sandra Schmirler

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Sandra Marie Schmirler, SOM (June 11, 1963 – March 3, 2000), was a Canadian curler, who captured three Canadian Curling Championships (Scott Tournament of Hearts) and three World Curling Championships. Schmirler skipped her Canadian team to a gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics, the first year curling was a medal sport. At tournaments where she was not competing, Schmirler sometimes worked as a commentator for CBC Sports, who popularized her nickname "Schmirler the Curler" and claimed she was the only person who had a name that rhymed with the sport she played. She died in 2000 at 36 of cancer.


Curling career

While attending school in Biggar, Saskatchewan, Canada, Schmirler started curling in Grade 7 as part of the school's physical education program. She grew up an athlete, playing volleyball, badminton, and softball. She was also an avid speed swimmer.[1] She continued to curl on the local scene, participating in the Bangor ladies' league in Grade 9.[2] Playing as third on her high school team, she won a provincial championship in Grade 12, when her team went undefeated throughout the season.[3] She continued to curl after graduating high school and attending the University of Saskatchewan. While in university, Schmirler made her first appearance in Saskatchewan's provincial playdowns in 1983.[4] After graduating university, Schmirler moved to Regina to take a job at the North West Leisure Center. She continued to curl, and was given the nickname "Schmirler the Curler" by a supervisor at the facility.[5] In 1987, as a member of Kathy Fahlman's rink, Schmirler won her first provincial championship.[6]

Prior to the 1988-1989 curling season, Schmirler and Jan Betker found themselves curling with different teammates, attempting to put together a stable squad. Entering the 1990-1991 curling season, Schmirler decided to skip, with Betker playing third. They recruited Joan (Inglis) McCusker to play second, who recommended Marcia Gudereit as a lead. This rink won provincials in their first year together, finishing in fourth place at the Scott Tournament of Hearts.[7] In 1993, the Schmirler rink again won the provincial title to move on to the Scott again. Her rink defeated Maureen Bonar in the finals. It was the first national women's curling championship for Saskatchewan since Marj Mitchell in 1980. The rink moved on and defeated Janet Clews-Strayer from Germany in the final game of the World Championships that year.[8] The next season, her rink repeated both of these achievements. At the time, no other Canadian rink (men or women) had won consecutive world championships.[9] In 1997, Schmirler and her rink won the Canadian and World Championships for a third time.[10] After each of these three seasons, her rink was named 'Team of the Year' by Sask Sport.[11][12]

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