U.S. Team Skip and National Champion Jamie Sinclair explains why she is dedicated to the sport of curling and encouraging women to understand how this game of chess on ice is more exciting that it may seem
U.S. born Canadian Jamie Sinclair, 25, has her sights set on the 2018 Winter Olympic Games and is checking off all the boxes along the way. Her recent U.S. National Championship crown is a career highlight for the now Minnesotan resident whose passion for Curling is infectious. Jamie was encouraged into the sport at the age of nine with her older brothers and collected medals as a Junior for Canada before being recruited to the U.S. National squad. She graduated from Carleton University with an Honors Degree in International Business and is trilingual in English, French and Spanish. Jamie revels in this game of chess on ice and now calls the shots as the Skip. Despite the relatively slow pace of the game, we hear how cardio workouts are part of her training for the stamina required during a long week of competition. Mindful of being a role model for the sport Jamie is eager to promote curling for women, which she does through her YouTube Channel; ‘Curl Up With Jamie’, where she explains the game and offers tips for players and fans.
“I love being around horses, I love everything about it, just cleaning out the stalls, it was a great atmosphere. I competed in dressage actually that’s just what the local barns teaching so that’s what I did. I wanted to be jumping so bad but I guess it wasn’t on the cards for me. I think for me in any sport it’s the dedication, it’s the discipline. I’m really passionate about everything I do and I guess I’m kind of stubborn. I’m not satisfied at just being OK, at just getting by at something so when I did chose a sport I put everything into it I put my heart and soul into it. I really enjoyed seeing my hard work pay off in competition, in winning medals and winning titles so I think that’s what did it for me was just working my butt off and having that pay off.” Jamie Sinclair.
Podcast length: 28’05”
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