By Jamie Sinclair, 2017 U.S. Curling National Champion | May 11, 2017, 11:23 a.m. (ET)

 

Jamie Sinclair is a curler who, along with teammates Alex Carlson, Vicky Persinger and Monica Walker, is vying for a spot on her first Olympic team. Team Sinclair won the 2017 U.S. championships and was part of the winning 2017 Continental Cup team. Sinclair is blogging for TeamUSA.org on her road to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

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Less than seven months to go and I couldn’t be more excited – seems like I have been waiting for this my whole life.

Seven months from now, my team hopes to be competing at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling in Omaha, Nebraska. The competing teams will be announced next week and we think we have a really good shot since we just won nationals! Fingers crossed!

My name is Jamie Sinclair, and I’m a curler with an Olympic dream.

I come from a family of curlers. My dad taught my brothers and I how to play the game when I was 9 years old. Weekends were spent on the ice learning how to slide without falling over, throwing rocks without falling over and standing up without falling over; all are harder than they sound. After years of practice, I can now do all those things.  :)

Curling is a game that has pulled me in. It’s a game of strategy that I love. It’s thinking one step ahead of your opponent; the battle of whit. It’s a game of precision; a fraction off and I have missed the shot completely. I LOVE the intensity of those “do-or-die” shots. I live to throw those shots that save the game, the shots my opponent didn’t see or doesn’t think I can make. The shots where my heart is pounding when I go to throw it. I take a deep breath to calm myself in the hack, focus and shoot. I LOVE IT!

I have seven months to train hard so I am in the best position for the Olympic trials. I don’t want to be just OK with anything, I want to be the best. I know that doesn’t come easy; I’m good with working and grinding it out. I would expect nothing less.

Curling is physical and mental, it’s polite and it’s ruthless, it’s frustrating and thrilling. Curling is my game, and this is my journey to the 2018 Olympics.