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Dawn McEwen, a Manitoba curler, has announced her retirement

Dawn McEwen, a curler from Manitoba, has announced her retirement.

Key Takeaways:

  • Dawn McEwen, the lead for Team Jennifer Jones, has announced her retirement from curling at the end of the season.
  • Although Team Jennifer Jones did not win a medal at the 2022 Olympics, she issued an online statement in which she praised a teammate.

Team Jennifer Jones’ lead, Dawn McEwen, has announced her retirement from curling at the end of the season.

“I am full of gratitude and therefore can peacefully say I am prepared to hang up the curling shoes during the end of the season,” she writes on Twitter.

McEwen has been a member of Team Jones since she first moved to Manitoba in 2007, 27.

The now 41-year-old stated that the time had come to leave the ice.

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“I knew going into the season that this would be my final,” McEwen said. “It’s just a good time in my life at the moment.” I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had such an incredible career, and I can honestly say that this is a very peaceful decision for me.”

Dawn and her husband, fellow curler Mike McEwen, now have two young daughters at home.

“With so many strong teams out there that are getting better and better every year, it’s a grind to try and also be at the top in this game,” Dawn said. “It’s a huge commitment, and every year it seems like there’s more and more you have to do to stay on top.” So, at this point in my life, I’m in a good position to take a step back.”

For her 15 years on the team, she has amassed quite a trophy collection: she won gold for Canada in the year 2014 Winter Olympics and is a two-time world champion, having won with Jones at the 2008 and 2018 World Championships.

Along with her five provincial titles in Manitoba, McEwen is a five-time national Scotties champion.

“It’s a dream come true,” McEwen said, “and I have so many great stories from all those events.” “The fact that we’ll be representing Canada at the Olympics is like a fairytale ending for me.”

Dawn McEwen, a curler from Manitoba, has announced her retirement.
Dawn McEwen, a curler from Manitoba, has announced her retirement. Image from CBC news

Since the announcement, fans and even fellow curlers have been contacting her.

“All day, my phone has been ringing nonstop,” she explained. “It’s difficult to keep up with everything, but I didn’t expect such a response.” It’s quite lovely. “All day, I’ve been very emotional.”

Although Team Jennifer Jones did not win a medal at the 2022 Olympics, she praised a teammate in an online statement.

“(Jennifer) is an excellent example of someone who genuinely enjoys the game. She instilled in me a strong work ethic, the importance of never giving up, having high expectations, and thinking outside the box to always improve.”

McEwen credits her 18-year-old husband to the sport for introducing her to him. “I’m not leaving curling; I’m my husband’s biggest supporter and enjoy watching him play, so you’ll see me at curling venues.” The couple is now the scornful parents of two girl children.

She hinted that a mixed doubles curling bonspiel might be in her future but joked that she’d have to persuade her husband first.

Last season, Team Jones was a five-player rink, with Lisa Weagle filling in for McEwen at events. With Jennifer Jones, her skip, now 47 years old, there will be many questions about the Olympic champions’ future. McEwen, on the other hand, refused to speculate.

“To be honest, I don’t know,” McEwen admitted. “I haven’t participated in any discussions.” I’ve just been concentrating on myself and my retirement. So, I’m not sure. I’ll be keeping an eye on things just like you.”

Source: Global News

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