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John Morris

Curling CAN

John Morris

John Morris
  • Birth date 12/16/1978
  • Birthplace Winnipeg
  • Residence Canmore
  • Height/Weight 6'2"/ 185 lbs
  • Olympics 2010, 2018


  • Residence
  • Canmore, AB, CAN
  • Club / Team
  • Glencoe Club: Calgary, AB, CAN
  • Higher education
  • Human Movement Studies - Wilfred Laurier University: Brantford, ON, CAN
  • Hobbies
  • Cooking, hunting, hot yoga, fantasy football, fly fishing. (, 07 Nov 2017;, 10 Jan 2018)
  • Injuries
  • He broke the little finger on his right hand in 2008 which forced him to miss that year's Canada Cup. (Calgary Herald, 26 Feb 2008)

    He was hit by a car in March 2007 while crossing a street in Edmonton, Ontario. He noticed a car wasn't slowing down at a stop sign, and jumped to protect his legs from the impact. He bounced off the hood of the car and hit his head against the windshield, which knocked him unconscious. He did not suffer any broken bones. (CBC, 01 Mar 2007)
  • Famous relatives
  • His father Earle Morris was inducted into the Curling Hall of Fame in 2006. He competed in three Briers, as well as inventing the 'Stabilizer' curling delivery aid. He also coached John in his former role as head coach of the Canada men's curling team. John's great-grandfather Cliff McLachlan also curled at the Brier. (, 10 Jan 2018;, 24 Feb 2016;, 18 Feb 2015;, 24 Feb 2016)
  • Why this sport?
  • "My first memories of curling are going around to Renfrew and Arnprior and Smiths Falls [in Ontario, Canada], and playing in junior and bantam and Little Rocks bonspiels there. That's how I really got hooked on the game."
  • Hero / Idol
  • Canadian ice hockey player Doug Gilmour. (, 10 Jan 2018)
  • Awards and honours
  • He was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] at the 2008 Brier, while playing with a broken finger. (, 10 Jan 2018)
  • Name of coach
  • Jeff Stoughton [national], CAN
  • Handedness
  • Right
  • When and where did you begin this sport?
  • He started curling at age five. He played curling alongside ice hockey until 2015, when his father made him choose one sport to focus on.
  • Occupation
  • Firefighter
  • Languages
  • English
  • Nicknames
  • Johnny Mo. (, 22 Jan 2015)
  • Sporting philosophy / motto
  • "It's amazing what a team can accomplish when no one cares who gets the credit." (, 10 Jan 2018)
  • Other information
    He qualified for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang when he won Canada's mixed doubles Olympic trials alongside Kaitlyn Lawes in January. The duo played on the same Continental Cup team once but had not played together in the previous five years, and only trained together for 30 minutes before the start of the trials. Lawes had joined Morris' team at the last minute after his former doubles partner, Rachel Homan, had to withdraw from the mixed event due to her successful Olympic qualification in the women's team event. "I knew we'd make a great combo. I've always felt our dynamics were really good, we're good friends and she's just a heck of a shot maker. It took us a bit of time to gel [at the trials], but by the end of the week we were really finding our groove." (, 14 Jan 2018;, 07 Jan 2018)

    He works as a firefighter stationed at Calgary/Springbank Airport in Alberta, Canada, where he regularly works 24-hour shifts. "I train for firefighting the same way as I train for curling. We're trained to stay focused on the task at hand. It's the same as when you're curling in front of 20,000 people and they're all going nuts. You just have to focus on what you have to do to make the shot. I do the same thing with firefighting. You focus on what you're going to be doing when you get there, and then you do your job and focus on the specific tasks that you've been trained to do." (, 01 Mar 2016;, 26 Apr 2017)

    In 2009 he wrote a book, 'Fit to Curl', detailing training regimes for curling. He is also a certified herbal nutritionist. (, 01 Mar 2016;, 07 Jul 2017)
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