“We’re going to be tired at the end of the week,” said Gushue.
Thisteam has had to endure injury and expectation to get to this point.
It was a fall — a face plant really — during a Grand Slam event in late October 2015 that led to what Gushue called “the toughest 14 months of my curling career.”
A frustrating hip/groin injury followed, leading to “eight months of not knowing when I would throw anotherrock.”
Throughout the Brier, Gushue battled his hip injury, in visible discomfort at times. Now in Edmonton, he’s still battling the pain but he’s close to fullhealth.
“Mentally, I’m pretty good. Physically, I’m probably not where I’d like to be probably because it’s a quick turnaroundfrom the Brier to here,” Gushue said.
During the ninedays of curling in St. John’s, Gushue was getting rehab work done on his hip twice a day. His same physiotherapist and massage therapist have been flown in from St. John’s to Edmonton to continue that rehab during this championship.