Yellowknife’s Kevin Koe will be representing Canada’s men’s curling at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics this February.
It will be the first Olympic berth for Koe, but he is no stranger to success on the big stage.
Kevin’s curling career began in the north, and he says although it may be tougher to make a career out of it up here, where there’s a will there’s a way.
It is what it is but if you still work hard at it there’s definitely ways around it. You might have to put in some extra time and that but we were fortunate enough to have some success early on and I think it was a great experience for us.
Canada is always the curling favourite, but Koe expects some stark competition from European teams.
The depth all over the world has gotten a lot tougher so I think you typically see a surprise or two at these events where a team you didn’t expect to get on a roll. On paper I think you’d say Sweden and Switzerland have had the best years, especially over the past couple of years.
Koe is one of three athletes from the Northwest Territories competing in Pyeongchang, as he joins cross-country skier Jesse Cockney of Yellowknife and hay River biathetete Brendan Green.
Koe and Canada’s first match kicks off at 9 am next Thursday. Hear the full interview below!