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Rachel Catherine Homan[1] (born April 5, 1989 in Ottawa) is a Canadian curler from Orleans, Ontario. Homan is a former Canadian Junior Champion and was the skip of the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts championship team.

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Career[edit]Edit

Bantam and Junior (2003-2010)[edit]Edit

Homan began her dominance in the sport when she was bantam aged, winning four straight provincial bantam championships from 2003 to 2006. She had won four championships while no other curler had won even twice.

Homan's first two years at the junior level were somewhat disappointing, as her top-rated team failed to win a provincial championship. In 2007, her team lost the provincial final to Hollie Nicol's rink. In 2008, her team lost in the final to Danielle Inglis. However, these losses were amended by a provincial junior championship in 2009, earning her team a berth at the 2009 Canadian Junior Curling Championships. At the Canadian Juniors, she skipped the Ontario team to a 10-2 record after the round robin, giving her rink a bye to the final. However, she would lose to the defending champion Kaitlyn Lawes rink from Manitoba in the final. Homan won the 2010 provincial championship and went on to represent Ontario at the 2010 Canadian Junior Curling Championships. At the 2010 Canadian Junior Curling Championships, Rachel Homan, with Emma Miskew, Laura Crocker, and Lynn Kreviazuk won the Junior National Title in dramatic fashion by completing the event with an undefeated record of 13 wins and 0 losses - only the fourth women's team to do so. The team represented Canada at the 2010 World Junior Curling Championships in FlimsSwitzerland. The team dominated the tournament, losing just their final round robin game. However, the team came up short in the final, losing to Sweden.

At the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon, Homan skipped her Ontario rink to a gold medal. (See Curling at the 2007 Canada Games.)

Prior to graduating from juniors in 2010, Homan's junior team was too young to participate in Scotties Tournament of Hearts playdowns, but this did not stop her from participating in Women's World Curling Tour events. Homan's top accomplishments in the tour have included winning two straight Southwestern Ontario Women's Charity Cashspiels. In 2007, she defeated then-World Champion Jennifer Jones, and in 2008 she beat the Chinese national team, skipped by Wang Bingyu. Her team earned $11,000 for each win. In 2009, she won the AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic, winning $5,500 for her team. Later that year, her team participated in the Canadian Olympic Curling Pre-Trials, where her team finished with a record of three wins and three losses, and therefore not qualifying for the "Roar of the Rings", Canada's Olympic Trials.

In 2009, her rink was named the World Curling Tour's "rookie team of the year." [2]

Early women's (2010-2012)[edit]Edit

In her first year of eligibility, the Homan rink qualified and won the 2011 Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts. At the 2011 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Homan skipped the Ontario team to a 4th place finish. She finished the round robin in 3rd place, and lost in the bronze medal game to Nova Scotia's Heather Smith-Dacey after previously beating her in the 3 vs. 4 game. A semi-final loss to Saskatchewan's Amber Holland eliminated her from the finals.

In April 2011, Homan played third for her brother Mark, and won the 2012 Ontario Mixed Championship. The team which also consists of Brian Fleischhaker and teammate Alison Kreviazuk represented Ontario at the 2012 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship which was played in November 2011. The team finished with an 8-5 record and out of the playoffs.

Also in April 2011, Homan's women's team made it to her first Grand Slam final of her career, when she lost to Jennifer Jones in the final of the 2011 Players' Championship. Later that year she would play in her first Canada Cup where her team finished with a 2-4 record.

Homan once again qualified for the provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2012. Her team went undefeated throughout the round robin. However, the team would be bested in the final by Tracy Horgan's rink from Sudbury. Homan, who was up one with hammer, missed a draw to the button to clinch the victory on her final rock. Instead, she gave up two and lost.

Scotties champions and world bronze medalists (2012-2013)[edit]Edit

The 2012-13 curling season has been Homan's most successful to date on the World Curling Tour. In her first Grand Slam event of the season, the 2012 Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic, her team lost to Sherry Middaugh in the final. In the second Grand Slam event of the season, the 2012 Manitoba Lotteries Women's Curling Classic, Homan's rink once again lost in the final, this time to Stefanie Lawton. The team lost in the semi-final of the third Slam, the2012 Colonial Square Ladies Classic but followed it up with her first ever Grand Slam victory at the 2012 Masters of Curling where she beat Chelsea Carey in the final. Outside of the Grand Slams, Homan won her 2nd Royal LePage OVCA Women's Fall Classic of her career. Later in the season, she qualified for her second Scotties Tournament of Hearts by going undefeated at the 2013 Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Homan began the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts by winning the Ford Hot Shots skills competition.[3] The Homan rink tore through the competition representing Ontario at the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Kingston, Ontario. The team lost just one game, to Manitoba's Jennifer Jones. This gave the rink a 10-1 record, 2nd behind Manitoba who went undefeated. However in their first playoff game against Jones, the Homan rink made amends by defeating Jones 8-5. This put the Homan team in the final, where they faced Jones once again, and this time would beat them again, by a score of 9-6. With the win, the Homan rink becomes the first Ottawa-based team to win the Canadian women's curling championship. The win earned Homan and her team the right to represent Canada at the 2013 World Women's Curling Championship in RigaLatvia. At the World championships, the Homan rink led Canada to an 8-3 round robin finish, which put them in third place. In the playoffs, they beat the United States (skipped by Erika Brown) in the 3 vs. 4 game, but they then lost to Scotland (skipped by Eve Muirhead in the semi-final, after Homan missed her last shot of the game, jamming a double takeout. After the loss, Homan would go on to beat the Americans once again, this time in the bronze medal game. The Homan rink wrapped up the season by losing in the quarter final of the 2013 Players' Championship.

2013-present[edit]Edit

The defending Canadian champion Homan rink had a less successful season in 2013-14. The team failed to win World Curling Tour event until winning the 2013 Masters, where she beat Muirhead in the final. Up until this point, Muirhead's rink had Homan's number, having also defeated her team in the semi-finals of the 2013 Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic. Having made the playoffs in every Grand Slam event in 2012-13, the team failed to miss the playoffs at the 2013 Colonial Square Ladies Classic.

Homan's success over the last couple of seasons qualified her team for an automatic entry at the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. At the Trials, the team sneaked into the playoffs with a 4-3 round robin record, which was good enough for second place. However, in the semi-final of the event, the team would be defeated by Sherry Middaugh, ending the team's 2014 Olympic hopes.

Personal life[edit]Edit

Homan attended Cairine Wilson Secondary School and is a graduate of the University of Ottawa. She presently works as a personal trainer for GoodLife Fitness.[4]

Year by year statistics[edit]Edit

Year Team Position Event Finish Record Pct.*
2003 Homan (RCC) Skip Ontario Bantam 1st N/A -
2003 Bushfield (CVCC) Third Ontario Bantam Mixed 1st N/A -
2004 Homan (CVCC) Skip Ontario Bantam 1st N/A -
2005 Homan (CVCC) Skip Ontario Bantam 1st N/A -
2006 Homan (CVCC) Skip Ontario Bantam 1st N/A -
2006 Homan (CVCC) Skip Ontario Winter Games 1st N/A -
2007 Homan (CVCC) Skip Ontario Juniors 3rd N/A -
2007 Ontario (Homan) Skip Canada Winter Games 1st 7-0 -
2008 Homan (OCC) Skip Ontario Juniors 2nd 5-4 -
2009 Homan (OCC) Skip Ontario Juniors 1st 8-0 -
2009 Ontario (Homan) Skip Canadian Juniors 2nd 10-3 80
2009 Homan (OCC) Skip Olympic Pre-Q 5th 3-3 75
2010 Homan (OCC) Skip Ontario Juniors 1st 7-1 -
2010 Ontario (Homan) Skip Canadian Juniors 1st 13-0 84
2010 Canada (Homan) Skip World Juniors 2nd 9-2 -
2011 Homan (OCC) Skip Ontario STOH 1st 10-1 -
2011 Ontario (Homan) Skip 2011 STOH 4th 9-5 79
2012** M. Homan (RCC) Third Ontario Mixed 1st 7-3 -
2012** Ontario (M. Homan) Third (Canadian Mixed) 6th 8-5 75
2011 Homan (OCC) Skip Canada Cup 4th 2-4 79 [5]
2012 Homan (OCC) Skip Ontario STOH 2nd 10-1 -
2013 Homan (OCC) Skip Ontario STOH 1st 11-0 -
2013 Ontario (Homan) Skip 2013 STOH 1st 12-1 83
2013 Canada (Homan) Skip 2013 WCC 3rd 9-4 82
2013 Homan Skip 2013 COCT 3rd 4-4 79
Scotties Tournament of Hearts Totals 21-6 81
World Championship Totals 9-4 82
Olympic Curling Trial Totals 4-4 79

* Round robin only ** Event occurred in the 2011 calendar year, but was billed as the 2012 edition.

Teams[edit]Edit

Season Skip Third Second Lead Notes
2002-03 Rachel Homan Emma Miskew Alison Kreviazuk Nikki Johnston
2003-04 Rachel Homan Emma Miskew Alison Kreviazuk Nikki Johnston
2004-05 Rachel Homan Emma Miskew Alison Kreviazuk Nikki Johnston
2005-06 Rachel Homan Emma Miskew Lynn Kreviazuk Jamie Sinclair Team qualified for the 2007 Canada Games
2006-07 Rachel Homan Emma Miskew Alison Kreviazuk Nikki Johnston For the Canada Games team, see previous season
2007-08 Rachel Homan Emma Miskew Alison Kreviazuk Lynn Kreviazuk
2008-09 Rachel Homan Emma Miskew Alison Kreviazuk Lynn Kreviazuk
2009-10 Rachel Homan Emma Miskew Alison Kreviazuk Lynn Kreviazuk Laura Crocker for A. Kreviazuk in junior events
2010-11 Rachel Homan Emma Miskew Alison Kreviazuk Lisa Weagle Alternate Sherry Middaugh for Scotties
2011-12 Rachel Homan Emma Miskew Alison Kreviazuk Lisa Weagle
2012-13 Rachel Homan Emma Miskew Alison Kreviazuk Lisa Weagle Alternate Stephanie LeDrew for Scotties
2013-14 Rachel Homan Emma Miskew Alison Kreviazuk Lisa Weagle Alternate Heather Smith for Olympic Trials

Grand Slam record[edit]Edit

Key
C Champion
F Lost in Final
SF Lost in Semifinal
QF Lost in Quarterfinals
R16 Lost in the round of 16
Q Did not advance to playoffs
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Autumn Gold DNP DNP DNP Q F SF
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries DNP DNP Q Q F DNP
Masters N/A N/A N/A N/A C C
Colonial Square N/A N/A N/A N/A SF Q
Players' QF DNP F DNP QF

Former events[edit]Edit

Event 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
Wayden Transportation SF N/A N/A
Sobeys Slam DNP N/A Q
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