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Two-time Olympic curler Rachel Homan is having a hard time after her Beijing Games elimination.
Homan took to Twitter on Tuesday to express her support for the gold-winning Canadian women's speed skating team. She also ended up voicing her disappointment after failing to reach the playoffs in the mixed doubles curling event.
"Being completely honest because I know many athletes have felt this," Homan tweeted. "But I'm in the deepest of black holes wishing we could have found another centimetre for Canada."
Being completely honest because I know many athletes have felt this but I’m in the deepest of black holes wishing we could have found another centimetre for Canada.
Know that I’m cheering hard for every athlete in Beijing right now but personally struggling beyond words.
— Rachel Homan (@RHoman89) February 15, 2022
The 32-year-old Homan and her partner John Morris fell short of the semifinals last week when they dropped an 8-7, extra-end decision to Italy on Feb. 6.
Homan admitted she avoided social media since the loss, finally resurfacing online on Tuesday to congratulate longtime friend and Canadian long-track skater Ivanie Blondin for her gold medal win in the women’s team pursuit event.
"I’ve been completely off of social media, but when your childhood best friend realizes her lifelong dream, I had to send her the biggest f*<# Ya," said Homan.
Despite the Olympic heartbreak, the Ottawa native reiterated how proud she is to represent her country.
"I never take the Maple Leaf for granted and am grateful for the chance to fight for you all," she tweeted.
Homan also missed the podium in her previous Olympic appearance, that time in the women’s team competition at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in South Korea.
Support for the 2017 world champion poured in from the curling community following her admission to her struggles after falling short of her Olympic dreams.
"I love the vulnerability there to say it and I love how brave she was for coming on to congratulate her childhood friend," said Joanne Courtney, one of Homan’s teammates. "For Rachel to put herself out there like that is admirable. It's such a tough situation."
Some, like former national champion Colleen Jones, took to Twitter to remind Homan of all her accomplishments; even those outside of her career in curling.
This too shall pass.
It really does.
You were born awesome-not because of your medal count-but because you get to live this magical ride. Your greatest gold medal?
Your beautiful family (and dog).
This too shall pass-and you’ll rise again. https://t.co/9Y6EDFGsxE
— ColleenJonescbc (@cbccolleenjones) February 16, 2022
Kaitlyn Lawes, currently competing in the women's curling event and a gold medallist in mixed-doubles alongside Morris four years ago, also voiced her support.
"I just want to give her a hug honestly, she has nothing to feel ashamed of," said Lawes. "She's a two-time Olympian and worked her butt off."
Curling Canada offers mental-health support for its athletes, including counselling and sports psychology services.
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