Cheryl Bernard had three huge challenges for 2015 and she got through all three with flying colours.
First, she decided to retire from competitive curling and though it hasn’t been easy, she remains retired.
Second, she accepted an invite from TSN to give announcing a shot in the face of scrutiny from a million armchair skips. They invited her back for a second year.
To finish things off, Bernard accepted an invitation to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and she got to the top and down in one piece.
The not curling anymore part has been hard, Bernard admitted.
“I really do miss the game,” she said. “I miss the competing, but I don’t miss all the time and commitment it takes to play at that level.”
Bernard misses her friends, too, and for that reason she’s taking a break from retirement to play in this week’s Prestige Hotels & Resorts Curling Classic in Vernon, B.C. For one weekend she will reunite with her Olympic teammates Susan O’Connor, Carolyn McRorie and Cori Morris, with whom she won silver in 2010 in Vancouver.