Heather Nedohin should have her voice back for Thanksgiving dinner.
The 37-year-old Edmonton skip and mother of two could barely talk after playing 10 games in the $35,000 Prestige Hotels Curling Classic at the Vernon Curling Club.
Nedohin iced 21-year-old Anna Sidorova of Moscow 8-2 in the women’s final Sunday afternoon, pocketing $9,000.
“Typically, it means we’ve had lot of games and made lots of good shots,” chuckled Nedohin, asked if going hoarse was a good thing.
“We came here to work on a couple different aspects of our game based on adding our fifth (Amy Nixon) into the lineup. We did that and then we got a better read of the ice.”
Nedohin, who won a bronze medal at last year’s worlds in Lethbridge after winning the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Red Deer, was supported by third Beth Iskiw and a front end of Jessica Mair and Laine Peters.
The Canadian champions put up three points in the third and fifth ends to stop the Russians, who posted their best-ever finish in Vernon, taking home $6,500.
“I’m not surprised,” said Nedohin, of Russia’s showing. “I think all teams, in preparation for 2014 (Olympics in Sochi, Russia), are sending their best and training hard and focussing on everything. As you can see who made the final eight, there are a lot of international teams in preparation mode for 2014.”
Sidorova was a late addition to Team Russia for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. For their fifth match, against the USA, and the sixth match, against Switzerland, Sidorova replaced Ludmila Privivkova as skip. She also replaced Privivkova in Game 8 against China. Sidorova thus became the youngest skip at the Games.
“We are pretty glad that we are second because it’s a very strong tournament,” said Sidorova, in her final university year of studying public relations. “Before this one (Edmonton Saville Shootout), we played not so good so we are getting better and better. So, it feels really good.”
The Russians, who had Privivkova at third, Margarita Fomina at second and Ekatrina Galkina at lead, headed back to Moscow Tuesday and will then play a cashspiel in Switzerland before returning to Canada for events in Red Deer and Brantford.
Asked if representing her country in the Sochi Olympics was the plan, Sidorova smiled and replied: “For sure, we would like to medal and the main goal is gold.”
Nedohin, meanwhile, took the tourist route to the finals, winning eight of 10 games after losing preliminary games to former teammate Kristie Moore of Calgary and Valerie Sweeting of Edmonton.
Nedohin brushed back Renee Sonenberg of Grande Prairie 6-4, while Sidorova toppled Shannon Kleibrink of Calgary 6-4 in Sunday’s semifinals.
Kleibrink, whose rink won the classic last year (with her on leave after cancer surgery) and 2008, and Sonneberg each collected $5,000.
In the quarterfinals of the 32-rink affair, Sidorova stopped Crystal Webster of Calgary 8-2, Kleibrink bounced Satsuki Fujisawa of Japan 8-2, Sonnenberg outlasted Mirjam Ott of Switzerland 7-5 and Nedohin brushed off Sweeting 7-1.
The losing quarterfinalists each collected $3,000.
Nedohin is married to David Nedohin, who won four Canadian championships and three world titles throwing fourth stones for Randy Ferbey.