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    Dustin Kalthoff
Age: 37
Birthplace: Humboldt, Saskatchewan
Resides: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Throws: Right
Profession: Business Owner, Saskatoon Auto Connection
High School: Humboldt Collegiate Institute
College/University: University of Saskatchewan
In Own Words:
I find great pleasure in the spaces of my life where I can direct my intense drive to push my limits and compete, and curling has always fit my life in that way. I enjoy the people, I love the many different aspects of the game, and I now enjoy volunteering my time as President of the Saskatchewan Curling Players Association. My family has quite a focus on curling, with my parents running the Humboldt Curling Club for the last decade and my father being the head ice technician - not to mention a 3-time Brier competitor and 2009 Senior Mens World Champion. I enjoy deep discussions about the intricacies of curling, especially with respect to theory and the future of curling.

Curling Highlights:
2009 Dominion Nationals Semi-Finalist
2013 Mixed Doubles Curling Trials Finalist
2014 Mixed Doubles Curling Trials Quarter-Finalist
2014 Point Optical Curling Classic Quarter-Finalist

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Questions and Answers

Who\What introduced you to Curling?
My father. I could barely walk!

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?
I have a lengthy stretching ritual that is borderline meditative.

What is your career highlight to date?
Hard to say. Toss up between losing the final at the Mixed Doubles Curling Trials, which would have had me in Team Canada apparel, and a great performance this year at the Point Optical Charity Classic, where I played and beat Jeff Stoughton for the first and second time, as well as the new Koe rink. I haven't had a great deal of opportunity to play at that level yet and I can't wait to get back - that's definitely where I want to be.

What is one shot you would like to try again?
The final shot in the final end of the semi final of the 2009 Dominion National Club Curling Championship. It was a back-4-foot-weight outturn draw shot for the win where we had ice at the edge of the 8 foot, and I needed to curl around a centerline guard to push back a fully-buried top-button opposition rock (Bill Duck had the ice curling like at the Brier - it was beautiful). I was a hair full, we waited for the curl, and by the time we got enough of the curl to go on the sweep we couldn't bump the opposition rock far enough. It was the only game we lost, and we would have went on to the final against a team we beat in 6 ends earlier in the round robin. Tough loss.

Who was influential in your curling development?
My father has definitely been the largest influence. There are others no doubt, but no one comes close.

What is your most embarrassing moment on the curling ice?
Haha well we were playing the inaugural 2013 Mixed Doubles Provincial Championship in Regina, SK and it was the semi final, a televised game. We had our 4th end break inside the spectator area and of course the gripper gets warm while you're in there. We go back out to start the 5th end, I hold the broom for Nancy Martin's first stone, and then I go running up to sweep it like I always do. Thing is, games aren't normally televised and 4th end breaks aren't so long, so I'm expecting my grippers to work like normal and oblivious to the idea that they won't. I go running up at full sprint, attempt to stop, and go flying. I'm thinking OMFG of all the times to do that it has to be on TV? I get back up, dust off my bruised ego, and sweep the shot to a pretty nice spot. Nancy is laughing at me, I can only guess what kind of hilarity is going on in the commentators booth, and we go on to win the game. But definitely my most embarrassing moment on the curling ice!

What is your earliest curling memory?
When I was 4 or 5 years old I was running down sheet 1 in the Humboldt Curling Club wearing these stupid hard-sole winter boots kids often

What kind of Training Regimen do you follow?
Most of my effort is put into high intensity interval training and cardio.

What are your curling strengths?
Soft shots would be my biggest strength as a shooter, and I have a lot of pride in my sweeping.

What are your curling weaknesses?
My biggest weakness is that I have a hard time giving up control of the game to the back end as a front end player. I find the lack of control to frustrate my intense desire to contribute. This is one thing I enjoy about Mixed Doubles - I get to contribute in every feasible way at all times, which I find very activating.

What kind of goals have you set for yourself?
Mixed Doubles: I want to win a Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Trials and try to win Canada's first gold medal at Worlds. Mens Curling: I want to win a Tankard and represent Saskatchewan at the Brier.

Do others in your Family curl?
Not any longer. My father, Kevin Kalthoff, has played in 3 Briers (1994, 2001, 2003), and won the Senior Mens World Championship in 2009.

What do you enjoy most about curling?

What have you learned through curling?
The most important thing I've learned from curling is that if I put my best effort forward I can do the exceptional things other people think are nearly impossible.

Other Olympic Sport you'd like to try?
I would love to try bobsledding!

What would you like others to know about curling?
It's so much more fun than it looks.

Most memorable curling experience?
Watching my dad win the Senior Mens World Championship in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 2009. When the Canadian National Anthem was on it was a very emotional moment.

Who is your curling rival?
I don't think I really have a curling rival per se, but I guess I could say Robert Desjardins is maybe a bit of a rival from the Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials. He beat us in the 2013 final and we got some revenge against him in the 2014 round robin. We're friends and have cemented that over beers though, so it's all good. Bob is a wonderful player and I think we really enjoy playing each other.

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