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Canadian Olympic silver medalist Cheryl Bernard retires

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According to the Canadian Press on Tuesday, Canadian Olympic silver medalist Cheryl Bernard of Calgary has retired from competitive curling at the age of 47. Bernard won a silver medal as a skip for Canada in women's curling at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Bernard's team which included third Susan O'Connor of Calgary, second Carolyn Darbyshire of Arborg, Manitoba and lead Cori Bartel of Humboldt, Saskatchewan lost 7-6 to Anette Norberg of Sweden in the gold medal game. Bernard was actually leading the gold medal game by a score of 6-4 heading into the tenth end, but the Swedes picked up a deuce and then stole a point in the extra end to win Olympic gold.

The Bernard team had a very successful round robin portion of the Olympic tournament at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. The team had a record of 8-1, outscored their opponents 56-37, and had a team shooting percentage of 81%. Their only round robin loss came to China's Bingyu Wang, the 2009 World Champion by a score of 6-5 in an extra end in draw nine on February 21.

In the semifinals, the Bernard team Switzerland's Mirjam Ott by a score of 6-5 to set up the gold medal match with Sweden. Bernard says she now wants to focus on charity work, family and public speaking. In the past, Bernard has been very active with World Vision.

It will be interesting to see where O'Connor will now play in the next four year cycle leading up to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. While Darbyshire now skips her own team and Bartel went on to play with Edmonton's Dana Ferguson before Ferguson left to be the second for Valerie Sweeting, O'Connor has been loyal to Bernard and has been her third since 2002.

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