Jason Gunnlaugson skips his team in 2018.
|Born||July 2, 1984|
|Curling club||Granite CC, |
|Top CTRS ranking||6th (2017–18)|
Gunnlaugson is known for having been hired by the Russian Curling Federation (RCF) to represent the country at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The deal which was announced in April 2010 fell through in November that year, when the Gunnlaugson team was fired by the RCF.
Prior to his deal to play for Russia, Gunnlaugson had skipped his team out of Beausejour, Manitoba. In 2009, Gunnlaugson took over the reins of Daley Peters's team when Peters left the team to curl with his father Vic Peters. Gunnlaugson had been a member of the Peters team solely for the 2008-09 season, prior to that he had played third on the Reid Carruthers team.
Gunnlaugson acquired a berth at the 2009 Olympic Pre-Trials through his CTRS ranking from September 2007 to April 2009, highest of teams not already qualified. Most of those points were acquired earlier as part of the Reid Carruthers team, the Gunnlaugson team was the last team to qualify for the pre-trials. The four-some surprised many by being one of the four teams to qualify for the main Olympic trials, defeating Mike McEwen with the last rock in the extra end of the 'C' Final. However, at the trials, the team finished winless, with an 0-7 record.
Coming from curling strong Manitoba, Gunnlaugson has to date been unable to win the Viterra Provincial Championships to play in the Brier thus far in his career. However, he did play second for Manitoba (skipped by Carruthers) at the 2008 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship.
Gunnlaugson is well known in the curling community for his up weight peel shots. He is able to throw a rock with a 4-second peel (time measured from hogline to hogline). Some of his shots were captured on YouTube from the 2008 Canadian Mixed Tournament. His female team mates were unable to keep up with the speed of the rock. YouTube Video
Joining the Russians
On April 28, 2010 Jason Gunnlaugson announced his deal with the Russian Curling Federation. The negotiations were for Jason Gunnlaugson and teammates Tyler Forrest and Justin Richter to pair with two Russian curlers to create a Russian team to qualify for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. The deal involved each of the players earning $100,000 to train.
However, later that month, Gunnlaugson, Forrest and Richter refused to renounce their Canadian citizenships in order to fast track their acquiring of Russian citizenships in order to play at the 2010 European Curling Championships. After that, the Russian Curling Federation fired the three Canadians.
The Canadian Curling Association ruled that despite winning the Russian championship, the team would still be eligible to compete for the Brier, Canada's national championship. However, the team was eliminated from even playing in the Manitoba provincial championship, after failing to qualify out of their zone.
Relocating to British Columbia
At the end of the 2011-12 curling season, Gunnlaugson relocated to British Columbia after taking a job with his uncle's company. Initially Gunnlaugson was planning to take a year off from competing. For the 2012-13 season Gunnlaugson teamed up with Jim Cotter, playing third and replacing Kevin Folk who moved to Calgary. The team won one event together, the 2012 Prestige Hotels & Resorts Curling Classic. They also played in four slams, making it to the finals of the 2012 Rogers Masters of Curling. The arrangement would only last one season. Gunnlaugson would remain as the team's alternate for part of the 2013-14 season, after John Morris was added to the team. He was their alternate at the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials but was replaced by Jody Epp for the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier.
Back to Manitoba
Gunnlaugson returned to Manitoba in 2014, eventually joining the William Lyburn rink at third for one season. The team won the MCT Championships and would place fourth at the 2016 Manitoba provincial men's championship. Gunnlaugson left the rink after the season, and formed a new team, skipping a rink consisting of Colton Lott, Kyle Doering and Robbie Gordon. The team won the Performance Spider Midweek Special and finished fourth at the 2017 Viterra Championship, Manitoba's provincial championship.
After the 2016-17 curling season, Gunnlaugson formed a new team of Alex Forrest, Ian McMillan and Connor Njegovan. Early on in the 2017-18 curling season, the team won the 2017 GSOC Tour Challenge Tier 2 event, defeating Gunnlaugson's former skip, William Lyburn in the final. That season, they also won the Mother Club Fall Curling Classic and the MCT Championships. The team played in the 2017 Olympic Pre-trials. There, they went 3-3 in the round robin portion, putting them in a tiebreaker against Jamie Murphy. They beat Murphy, but lost in the B quarterfinals against Glenn Howard. Gunnlaugson was invited to play as Brendan Bottcher's alternate at the main trials, but the team failed to qualify for the playoffs. Later in the season, at the 2018 Viterra Championship provincial playdowns, the Gunnlaugson rink was eliminated after only three games. In mixed doubles play, Gunnlaugson and partner Shannon Birchard won the Pacific Northwest Mixed Doubles Invitational.
In the 2018-19 curling season, the team represented Canada at the second leg of the 2018-19 Curling World Cup, but finished the event with a 1-5 record, in last place. They had more success at the 2019 Viterra Championship, making it to the semifinal, where they lost to William Lyburn.
|2004-05||Dan Kammerlock||Jason Gunnlaugson||Derek Samagalski||Dan McKenzie|
|2005-06||Reid Carruthers||Jason Gunnlaugson||Derek Samagalski||Tyler Forrest|
|2006-07||Reid Carruthers||Jason Gunnlaugson||Justin Richter||Tyler Forrest|
|2007-08||Reid Carruthers||Jason Gunnlaugson||Justin Richter||Tyler Forrest|
|2008-09||Daley Peters||Jason Gunnlaugson||Justin Richter||Tyler Forrest|
|2009-10||Jason Gunnlaugson||Justin Richter||Braden Zawada||Tyler Forrest|
|2010-11||Jason Gunnlaugson||Justin Richter||Tyler Forrest||Alexey Stukalsky|
|2011-12||Jason Gunnlaugson||Justin Richter||Jason Ackerman||David Kraichy|
|2012-13||Jim Cotter||Jason Gunnlaugson||Tyrel Griffith||Rick Sawatsky|
|2013||Jim Cotter||John Morris||Tyrel Griffith||Rick Sawatsky||Jason Gunnlaugson |
(replaced by Jody Epp at Brier)
|2014-15||Jason Gunnlaugson||Colton Lott||Kyle Doering||Robbie Gordon||Matt Dunstone|
|2015-16||William Lyburn||Jason Gunnlaugson||Richard Daneault||Braden Zawada|
|2016-17||Jason Gunnlaugson||Colton Lott||Kyle Doering||Robbie Gordon|
|2017-18||Jason Gunnlaugson||Alex Forrest||Ian McMillan||Connor Njegovan|
|2018-19||Jason Gunnlaugson||Alex Forrest||Denni Neufeld||Connor Njegovan|
|2019-20||Jason Gunnlaugson||Alex Forrest||Adam Casey||Connor Njegovan||Denni Neufeld|
Grand Slam record
|F||Lost in Final|
|SF||Lost in Semifinal|
|QF||Lost in Quarterfinals|
|R16||Lost in the round of 16|
|Q||Did not advance to playoffs|
|T2||Played in Tier 2 event|
|DNP||Did not participate in event|
|N/A||Not a Grand Slam event that season|
- 2017 Home Hardware RTTR Media Guide
- Gary Lawless (2010-04-28). "Gunnlaugson heading to Russia to curl". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
- Paul Wiecek (2010-11-22). "Russians fire Gunnlaugson curling crew". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
- "2009 Road to the Roar". Seasonofchampions.ca. Retrieved 2011-09-13.
- Gary Lawless (2010-04-30). "Gunner going to Russia with love". Retrieved 2010-12-22.
- "Curling in Russia". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
- Kirk Penton (November 21, 2010). "Oly Dream Dead". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
- "2019 Cargill Curling Training Centre Icebreaker". World Curling Tour. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
- 2017 Home Hardware RTTR Media Guide