Skip Kelley Law, 35, and her rink from New Westminster, B.C., quickly tasted success after forming in 1999, winning the Canadian and world championships the next year.
But after failing to win last year's Scott Tournament of Hearts, the national championships, Law and her team of lead Diane Nelson, 43, of Burnaby, B.C., second Georgina Wheatcroft, 36, of Victoria, third Julie Skinner, 33, of Victoria, and alternate Cheryl Noble, 45, of Victoria knew they needed a change.
"Curling never left my mind," Law told the Globe. "It was hard for us to take a day off and take a breather."
Heading into the Olympic trials, the team planned everything they did right down to the minute, including when they slept, ate, met for team meetings and when they relax. They also hired a sports psychologist to meet with the team after every game. They even brought in personal trainers, kept training diaries and met with a nutritionist. It hardly followed the typical perceptions of curlers. But it paid off. Law's team beat Sherry Anderson of Delisle, Sask., 7-3 in the Olympic trials Saturday to clinch a spot in Salt Lake City.
However, the third-year-old team's preparations since then took an odd turn.
During her own birthday celebrations, Law strained a ligament in her left foot while dancing at a social function during the KIA Master of Curling event in Gander Nfld., in early January. She's expected to make a full recovery for the Games, but the team's training was hampered.