This week, Canada’s top curlers hit the ice in Saskatoon to determine the men’s and women’s representatives at the 2022 Olympic Games. Manitoba’s Kerri Einarson, skip of the two-time Canadian women’s champions, spoke with Postmedia’s Dave Deibert, discussing her pre-game music choices, celebrating with the Scotties trophy, rink burgers and more . . .
Q: After curling, what sport would be your next choice to make it as a member of the Canadian Olympic team?
A: Beach volleyball. Always been something I’ve been interested in. I actually went to the (Western Canada) Summer Games back in (2003) as Team Manitoba and we won bronze. I grew up playing volleyball as well. I’m short, so I played libero.
Q: In those moments before you hit the ice, are you more likely to be listening to something soothing like Adele or Sarah McLachlan, or is it something like Enter Sandman or All I Do Is Win?
A: I’m definitely listening to some hardcore pump-up music (laughs). Our team song is from that movie, the musical The Greatest Show. That’s our team song. That’s what we listen to on our drive. We’ve got a couple good tunes in there. I also listen to Diamond Eyes by Shinedown. A pump-up song for me.
Q: Some days the venues you’re competing at are world class hockey arenas. Other times you’re at small-town rinks. Where’s the best rink burger?
A: To be honest, we don’t eat many rink burgers (laughs). Definitely back in my days playing fun spiels, I would say the canteen in Petersfield (part of an RM in Manitoba, with a population of around 11,000) and also Riverton (a Manitoba community with a population of around 550).
Q: Name a show that you’ve binge watched that you might be slightly embarrassed to admit.
A: I watch soaps (laughs).
Q: Like, daytime soaps?
A: Since COVID, I’ve drawn away from them. But, yeah, I watch Young & the Restless and Days of our Lives.
Q: I heard that Marlena got possessed again.
A: She had gotten possessed twice the last time I watched.
Q: Of the eight billion or so people on the planet, you are one of the greatest at what you do. But what’s an everyday task around the house that you struggle with?
A: Keeping up with and organizing all my girls’ toys. I feel like I’m constantly doing it but never get it finished (laughs). Or even the girls’ drawers. I organize them and two days later it looks like a tornado went through them.
Q: If you could be a contestant on one TV game show, what do you choose?
A: The Price Is Right. My grandparents got to go on Price Is Right when I was younger and I always wanted to go. That’s one of my favourite shows. My favourite game is Plinko.
Q: What actress do you choose to play you when the movie is made about your life and your curling heroics?
A: Oh, wow. Good one. Ummm … Melissa McCarthy. I like her. She’s funny.
Q: Each member of your rink got to spend some time with the Scotties trophy after winning. How close did your crew come to matching some of the stories that you hear over the years with the Stanley Cup?
A: I had some pretty good parties at home with it. It was nice to have. During COVID we weren’t allowed to have a whole bunch of people, but I had a nice weekend and had probably about 50 people over here. We enjoyed it, had a pretty good party with it (laughs).
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