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    Mike McEwen
Age: 38
Birthplace: Brandon, Manitoba
Resides: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Throws: Right
High School: Crocus Plains
College/University: Brandon University
Curling Highlights:
2011 Canadian Open Grand Slam Champion
2010 World Cup Grand Slam Champion
2008 & 2009 Manitoba Curling Tour Champion
2007/08 WCT Rookie Team of the Year
2003 World University Champion
2003 Manitoba Mixed Champion
2001 Canadian Junior Finalist

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Questions and Answers

Who\What introduced you to Curling?
My parents introduced me to curling. At a young age I remember going to the curling club and playing inside while my parents curled.

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?
Pregame rituals not so much (just stretching), but a bit superstitious in changing socks that lost, etc.

What is your career highlight to date?
Holding up the 2010/11 NHL All-Star game broadcast to win our 2nd Grand Slam on a thrilling extra-end last shot!

What is one shot you would like to try again?
Crazy in-off hit and stick in the 4 foot takeout to qualify for the playoffs for the 2011 Players' Championships. There were 5 seconds left on the clock and the rock I was trying to redirect my shooter off from was a 1/2 way guard less than an inch from the boards. Once in a lifetime scenario and can't imagine making a more difficult shot in my entire career! The celebration was epic!

Who was influential in your curling development?

What is your favourite sport other then curling?
To play: Golf... To watch: NFL Football

What is your most embarrassing moment on the curling ice?

What is your earliest curling memory?
My Dad pushing me down the ice as I was riding on top of a curling rock.

What kind of Training Regimen do you follow?
Lots of biking and love doing push-ups! Really watch what I eat in and out of competition as well!

What are your curling strengths?
I can slide far! Ha!

What are your curling weaknesses?
None someday I hope! Lol

What kind of goals have you set for yourself?
Brier Champ/World Champ

Do others in your Family curl?
Yes, but only recreational.

What do you enjoy most about curling?
The thrill of competition, traveling, and great friends.

What have you learned through curling?
Focus, discipline, sportsmanship, and to be a better teammate.

Other Olympic Sport you'd like to try?
Love speed, so bobsledding would be a rush!

Most memorable curling experience?
Playing in the Italian Alps in the 2003 World University Games.

Who is your greatest competitor?
Myself! Beaten myself on more occasions than I'd like to admit!

Who are your favourite athlete/heros?
Cris Carter, wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings. I loved his intensity, gamesmanship, and clutch performances. He had the best hands of any wide receiver I ever saw to play the game.

What other sports do you play?
Golf and Tennis

Do you have any hidden talents?
Nope. Well, maybe if there was a world championship for Crokinole, I could be right up there (it's kind of like a curling board game).

What is the best advice you've ever received?

Name one thing that's in your bucket list?
2 things: Skydive and travel southern Europe (Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece)

What sporting event would you most like to attend?
Minnesota Viking game in Minneapolis

What do you wish you were better at?

Person past or present you would most like to have dinner with?
My Grandpa (Charles McEwen), who I did not get to meet as he passed 18 years before I was born.

What is your favourite movie?
Shawshank Redemption, Blood Diamond, Kick Ass

What are your favourite television shows?

What is your favourite music? Groups?
Like most of it!

Where would you like to spend a week's vacation?
Cottage on the lake.

What hobbies do you have?
Camping, cooking, fishing, swimming, boating (tubing), biking, texas hold'em poker... and wine, beer, and coffee!

Any Nicknames?

What is your favourite food?
BBQ Salmon

Any interesting travel experiences?
August 2011 Beijing, China! Traveled, toured, and curled with Team Ferbey and wives!

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