Saturday, July 31, 2010

About Cheryl Bernard

It has never been a secret that Cheryl always works hard. Not only she is a great curler, but she is a savvy businesswoman. She started her first own general insurance agency in Calgary in 1990. When she sold it, some 11 years later, she had grown it to an agency with over $5 million in sales. A little while ago, she started a new agency called “Unigroup Western Insurance Brokers”.

We are also all aware of her hard core training sessions and she sure contributes to obliterate the stereotype that curlers are not athletes. In the following video, Cheryl talks about it herself.

Friday, July 30, 2010

About Susan O'Connor

That is a video that says much about Susan. She talks about how she deals with her job while playing curling, the hard work accomplished for the past 4 years and the implication that came with Team Bernard Victory at the Olympics trials. They also asked her if she ever thought she would go to the Olympics. Very interesting interview!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

About Carolyn Darbyshire

Carolyn is a very busy woman. She and her husband own Canadian Decal Installers in Calgary, with locations also in Edmonton, Vancouver and now Toronto. She oversees logistics, payroll, payables and receivables for the company, working out of the house so that she can continue to curl and be home for the kids when they get out of school.

Our favorite second headed to the Olympics as the oldest Olympian in those 2010 games. Here are Carolyn’s thoughts about it.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

About Cori Bartel

In the next few days, I will try to add a little something special about each member of Team Bernard to feed my own “Team Bernard encore”. Today, it is going to be about Cori. Our favorite lead got a background in Political Science, which allowed her to work for the Friday Professional Group as a professional recruiter. She loves her job! And her colleagues really did take good care of mentioning the great performances of her team at the Olympics Trials and give her full support for her quest to obtain an Olympic Medal. Here’s this special mention that was posted on Friday Professional Group website.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Team Bernard Encore

Those “Olympics encore” left me on my appetite, and I am probably not the only one. For those like me, who follow Team Bernard for quite a while, I think I speak for most of us telling that we wanted a little more than just matches. I thought, they would add some contents like interviews or some sort of getting to know that would show the world why team Bernard is so special.

So, for the next couple of weeks, for my pleasure, and I hope for yours to, I will make my own “Team Bernard Encore” starting right now with the up close and personal interview they gave during Cup Canada in 2009. Most of you have seen it, I’ve seen it myself numerous times over this year and a half but those videos belong in this blog. I hope you will enjoy seeing them again.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Vancouver 2010 - Screen caps part I – Match 7

In this match against Sweden, which they won 6-2, they secured their spot in the playoff of the Olympics. See more details here, but enjoy some pretty screen caps before heading there.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Party time on August 12th

Dary Queen’s blizzard is on tour to celebrate their 25th anniversary. They will stop in Calgary on August 12th & 13th. Apparently, Cheryl accepted to participate and will be there on the first evening to party with them. You can see more detail on their facebook page here.

I’ll see if i can get a picture when the event will occur, but i thought for a party, we need a party picture, right?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Being a celebrity

When one becomes a celebrity, one can’t go anywhere « incognito ». If even more people recognized Cheryl after Team Bernard won the trial, now, after achieving a silver medal at the Olympics, going out unnoticed, is practically impossible.

Cheryl went to the Lulumon Athletica Market Mail last Thursday and gladly posed with the staff that was very proud to see her there.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Olympics Encore on TSN 2

For those who live in Canada, you may have noticed that TSN 2 is broadcasting Olympics medal moments for Canada. Just to let you know that next week, it is going to be curling turn. We all remember Team Bernard amazing run, winning a great silver medal. For those interested of seeing our gals in action again, the semi final will be Monday, July 26th, and the final on Tuesday, July 27th, both at 21h00.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Vancouver 2010 – Team Bernard versus Team Norberg - Match 7

February 22nd, 210. Team Bernard bounced back from their first defeat and beat Team Norberg, the defending champion, to secure a spot in the playoff. And since everything was cool, they decided to bring in Kristie Moore, who was pregnant of 5 months at the time. There she is on the picture below, along with the match’s stats, an article with quotes on match highlights and a little video.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cheryl on demand "next question"

I know some of you have been looking for Cheryl’s appearance at TSN Off the record «next question». Just like you, I was really disappointed to see that the website doesn’t keep record of the episodes older than a month, so the link that I posted here when it aired on June 9th is not longer valid. But, you bet I recorded it. So, on general demand, wise Cheryl is confronting Landsberg with all kind of questions. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Team Bernard is extraordinary team. These women inspire us for many reasons: they make us believe, the effort puts into their work, they got personality, class, play curling with such consistency and ability (to mention just these), but they are also muses for creativity.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Getting to know... Cheryl Bernard

Ah, Cheryl Bernard!!! This blog is viewed by hundreds of people from all corners of the world every week and it’s off season. It is a fact that there are lots of people inspired by her: She showed the world that with hard work and good will, anything is possible, dreams can come true.

Did you know that Cheryl team up with Terry Meek in 1993 to represent Alberta? Yes, this Terry Meek!

Getting to know... Susan O'Connor

Viewers appreciate posts about the dynamic Susan. Did you know that she won two national championships playing for the Alberta mixed (two-men/two-women) team in 2007and 2008? Below, some more details about the third of team Bernard.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Cheryl will golf for a good cause

Apparently, Cheryl will participate to the Crohn’s & Colitis Golf tournament on July 26th. She will join other Olympians such as Melissa Hollingsworth, Jeff Pain, John Morris and Jon Montgomery. All the benefit of this tournament will go the Crohn’s & Colitis foundation.

I will keep you posted on the event!

Cheryl will encourage young curlers

On August 16th, Cheryl will be at the Leduc Curling Club for the camp’s to address the young curlers. The two four-day camps, which start on August 14th, are already full and have a waiting list, promise to be an exciting event for the participants. See the full story here.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Getting to know... Carolyn Darbyshire

Viewers talk: they like to read about Carolyn, like it is the case for every member of this great team. Did you know that soon after the Olympics, she found herself in the middle of a possible hostage situation in her stepson’s school? Read all the details here.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Getting to know… Cori Bartel

Entries about Cori are always very popular. Do you know that Cori is going get married this summer? I think the wedding is set in August so that is coming very fast. Here’s a little more on the lead of team Bernard.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Vancouver 2010 - Screen caps part III - Match 6

Last part of a long series of beautiful screen caps of Team Bernard's match against China at the Olympics. You can find more details here. Hope you enjoy those treats becasue there still more matches to detail.