Jamie Sinclair is a curler who, along with teammates Alex Carlson, Vicky Persinger and Monica Walker, won the 2017 U.S. championships and was part of the winning 2017 Continental Cup team. Sinclair is blogging for TeamUSA.org ahead of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
The Olympic trials are now history and, unfortunately, we fell just shy of our goal.
We played pretty solid through the round robin and finished as the top seed going into the playoffs. The best-of-three playoffs had us tied at one win each, so it all came down to the last game. I would like to say I brought my best game to the finals, but I did not. We came up short, or in my case a bit heavy, and gave away the game.
The finals might not have gone our way but I think we, as a team, did all we could to prepare for this event and I am proud of that. We left no stone unturned as they say in curling; it just wasn’t our day, so no regrets.
This event felt different from anything I have experienced before. Emotions were heightened; there was more pressure and more nerves. I felt I handled the pressure well but was surprised by how nervous I was. We were warned that stress would translate into an inability to sleep. Hmmmm, I slept like a log but struggled to eat. I was not prepared for that, and I like to eat. I learned a lot about myself and my tendencies in this pressure-cooker scenario. I’m sure it will help me next time around, and it won’t feel as dramatic.
Omaha was amazing; the people, the arena, the ice – everything was top notch! I could not imagine a better place to host the Olympic trials. I really appreciate all the support I received from family, friends and fans. I couldn’t do any of this without your help. Words are not enough to express my gratitude. I can say with confidence we had the loudest fans out there. We love those cowbells!
So, what now? There is still a lot of curling left in our season. We have events coming up in the USA, Europe, and maybe a Grand Slam. Of course there are nationals, which means a possibility of world championships.
The sun did come up the next day, after all. My life balance will be restored in time and new goals will be established.
I suddenly have some free time in February, so I’m going to take a vacation on a beach where the only ice in sight will be in my drink!