John Morris will return Kevin Koe’s curling team, in a March 17, 2020 story. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Decorated curler John Morris returns to team curling, joins Kevin Koe

John Morris is returning to team curling and joining Kevin Koe’s foursome.

Morris is a two-time Olympic gold medallist, winning mixed doubles in 2018 with Kaitlyn Lawes and the men’s title in 2010 playing third for Kevin Martin.

The 41-year-old will replace Colton Flasch, the team wrote on its Facebook account Tuesday.

Morris, who lives in Canmore, Alta., reunites with lead Ben Hebert. They won the Olympic title as well as a world championship playing for Kevin Martin.

“After taking the last couple of years of men’s to focus on my new family and mixed doubles I feel refreshed and rejuvenated for another 2 year run Olympic run in the men’s game,” Morris wrote in the post.

“Having the opportunity to play with Team Koe, who are good friends of mine and an already exceptional curling team, is something I’m very excited about.

“My competitive fire is starting to burn again and I believe the sky is the limit for us if we put the hard work in that is needed.”

B.J. Neufeld played vice for Koe the past two seasons.

Koe, Neufeld, Flasch and Hebert, who play out of Calgary’s Glencoe Club, won a Canadian championship and finished second at the world championship in 2019.

“We’re thrilled to add a player with such an impressive resume to our lineup as we focus our goal on the 2022 Olympics,” Koe said.

Meanwhile, Rachel Homan has replaced longtime lead Lisa Weagle with Sarah Wilkes, according to the team’s social media accounts.

Wilkes was Chelsea Carey’s vice the last two seasons and won a Canadian title representing Alberta in 2019.

Homan’s Ontario team lost in the last two finals of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts to Carey and Manitoba’s Kerri Einarson, respectively.

Wilkes was born in Toronto, but lives and works in Edmonton.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 17, 2020.


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