Fresh off an appearance at the 2022 Olympics, Red Deer curler Jocelyn Peterman will be right back on the road.
Wednesday, Curling Canada announced that Peterman and her husband Brett Gallant, who also curled for Canada at the Olympics, will represent their country at the 2022 World Mixed Doubles Championship from April 23-30 in Switzerland.
“We’re excited to have this chance to represent Canada once again. As an athlete, you never know when you’ll get those opportunities and have to appreciate when they come around,” said Peterman. “Like everyone else, we wished we could have competed for this chance to represent Canada, and we won’t take this for granted. We want to make our country proud in Switzerland.”
Curling Canada was unable to hold the 2022 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship because of COVID-19 restrictions, so Peterman and Gallant were selected to represent Canada. The curling governing body used the same grading system to determine Canada’s mixed doubles team at both the Olympics and the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship.
The ranking – which combined Canadian Mixed Doubles Rankings points, international experience, and combined win/loss percentage – included the previously ineligible teams due to four-player team commitments at the Olympics.
It will be Peterman and Gallant’s second trip to the world mixed doubles. In 2019, the pair won silver in Stavanger, Norway, and it marks the most recent time Canada has been on the podium at an international mixed doubles event. Peterman and Gallant also won the Canadian mixed doubles championship in 2016 but did not compete at the world event due to scheduling issues with their four-player teams.
Sixteen teams will compete at the 2022 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship next month. Canada is coming off a fourth-place finish at the 2021 event hosted in Aberdeen, Scotland, where Kerri Einarson and Brad Gushue advanced to the bronze-medal game.
At the Olympics last month, Peterman and Team Jones missed out on a medal in Beijing, but Gallant collected bronze with Team Gushue.