Team USA’s Women’s Olympic Curler, Debbie McCormick gained victory for the women’s team in taking out the final rock, winning 5-4 against Russia. She is the Skip for the team. What is the skip might you say? The Skip takes on the role much like a quarterback on a football team. In other words, she runs the show. As a multiple Olympian (3rd Olympics) and lifelong curler, Debbie’s experience and wealth of knowledge sets her up perfectly for the position. She comes from a “Curling family” in which her father, brother, and mother all curled. Her mother passed away when she was just 15. After that, she just seemed to pour herself into curling and competition. In fact, her father, Wally Henry, is not without note himself. He is a former 2 time world bronze medalist and Debbie’s coach and manager. Debbie’s team won Gold at the 2003 Worlds and took Silver in 2006. Her long list of curling accomplishments are much to be proud of. She has had a long and illustrous career.
This will probably be Debbie’s last Olympics. Her first Olympics was in ’88. Debbie and husband, Pete McCormick, are ready to have children. Their current family consists of two Weimaraners, Ellie and Anna. Debbie’s hikes with the girls and the “family” goes hunting together as well. Curling will always be part of Debbie’s life but maybe just in different forms.