Sad news from Hakan Sundstrom, Media Relations Officer of the World Curling Federation.
Sandra Schmirler, skip of Canadas Olympic gold team in Nagano 1998 and three times World Champion passed away this morning at a hospital in his home town Regina. She had suffered from an undisclosed form of cancer, which was first discovered at the beginning of the summer. She is survived by her husband Shannon and daughters Sara and Jenna. Sandra Schmirler is regarded, together with Sweden¦s four-times world champion Elisabet Gustafson, as the best female curling skip ever. Sandra skipped her team from Regina with Jan Betker, Joan McCusker and Marcia Gudereit to three world titles during the 90-ties. The first one in Geneva, Switzerland in 1993 and then her team defended their title in Oberstdorf, Germany in 1994. The third world gold medal was won in Berne, Switzerland in 1997. The highlight of Team Schmirler¦s career was the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano in 1998 when Sandra Schmirler skipped Canada to gold medal after a final win over Denmark¦s Helena Blach Lavrsen.