Bottcher to coach Homan's Ottawa team, join her for doubles in upcoming season

World champion Rachel Homan is joining forces with Alberta skip Brendan Bottcher for the upcoming curling season.

Homan announced Monday on social media that Bottcher will coach her Ottawa-based four-player team, while the two will team up in mixed doubles with an eye on the Olympic trials.

The 35-year-old Homan is coming off a stellar 2023-24 campaign in which she led her team to a fourth career Canadian women's title in February before capturing Canada's first world title since 2018 a month later.

She finished the season with a 67-7 record.

Bottcher split with his team earlier this year despite leading it to a bronze medal at the Canadian men's curling championship.

The 32-year-old from Sherwood Park, Alta., is a seven-time medallist at the Brier and won a national title in 2021.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 27, 2024.

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