Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Sports
Classified Sites

Brandon Sun - PRINT EDITION

In the House: Thiessen off to worlds

Former Brandonite Nolan Thiessen is in China preparing to try to win his second world curling championship with Team Koe.

Enlarge Image

Former Brandonite Nolan Thiessen is in China preparing to try to win his second world curling championship with Team Koe. (FILE PHOTO)

Nolan Thiessen had one of the most hectic 10 days of his life after he won the Brier in Kamloops on March 9.

The 33-year-old former Brandonite and the rest of his Alberta-based team skipped by Kevin Koe had a couple days to prepare for the Syncrude National bonspiel in Fort McMurray, Alta., while trying to get their trip to the world men’s curling championship in China organized.

Thiessen, Koe and third Pat Simmons had to get their visas in order for themselves and their family so they could leave for China last Sunday, which gave them a couple days to adjust to the time change and to do some sightseeing with their families before the event begins this Saturday.

"It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to go to China," Thiessen said before flying out. "We probably never would plan to go to China on our own. To have this opportunity to go there, we’re going to see some of the sights and experience that and get the family comfortable. Once we’re over there for a few days and seeing the sights and knowing which restaurants are good and which ones to stay away from and get everyone comfortable and settled in so that once we start curling we can concentrate on that and winning a world title."

The timing of the trip was ideal as Thiessen’s kids are on their spring break from school, so they won’t miss many classes.

Once the competition starts this weekend, however, the players will be focused on their games. This a chance for Thiessen to win a second world title after also winning one back in 2010 with Koe, and he doesn’t want to come up short.

"I think we’ve proven in the last eight years that we’re one of the top five teams in the world," he said. "To go over there, I know everybody gets up to play Canada, so we’re going to get a lot of good games from teams. But I know that at the end of the day, we’re one of the best teams there and we should be there in the final weekend and hopefully we come to play well then and stand on the podium at the end of the week."

Thiessen believes the key to having success is finding good restaurants and getting into their routines of eating, sleeping and curling during the week.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Press reported that Kevin Martin’s front end of Marc Kennedy and Ben Hebert will be joining the Koe team next season. There wasn’t any immediate word on what Thiessen’s plan is for next year.

JUNIORS: Carberry native Braden Calvert and Quinn Robins’ Rivers-based teams are in Gimli this weekend to compete for a berth at next year’s junior men’s provincials.

EXTRA ENDS: Former Brandonite and Olympic gold medallist Jill Officer will be at the Shoppers Mall on April 5 from 1-2 p.m. … The Souris Survivor bonspiel starts on Tuesday and runs through to April 6.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 27, 2014

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Nolan Thiessen had one of the most hectic 10 days of his life after he won the Brier in Kamloops on March 9.

The 33-year-old former Brandonite and the rest of his Alberta-based team skipped by Kevin Koe had a couple days to prepare for the Syncrude National bonspiel in Fort McMurray, Alta., while trying to get their trip to the world men’s curling championship in China organized.

Please subscribe to view full article.

Already subscribed? Login to view full article.

Not yet a subscriber? Click here to sign up

Nolan Thiessen had one of the most hectic 10 days of his life after he won the Brier in Kamloops on March 9.

The 33-year-old former Brandonite and the rest of his Alberta-based team skipped by Kevin Koe had a couple days to prepare for the Syncrude National bonspiel in Fort McMurray, Alta., while trying to get their trip to the world men’s curling championship in China organized.

Subscription required to view full article.

A subscription to the Brandon Sun Newspaper is required to view this article. Please update your user information if you are already a newspaper subscriber.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
The First World War at 100

Social Media