Mark Nichols (curler)
Mark Nichols, ONL (born on January 1, 1980 in Labrador City, Newfoundland) is a Canadian curler from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. He currently throws third rocks for the Brad Gushue rink. Nichols is a former Olympic champion curler, having played third for Team Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics where the team won a gold medal. He also won a World championship with Gushue in 2017.
Mark Nichols at the March 2018 Elite 10 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
|Born||January 1, 1980|
|Curling club||Bally Haly G&CC, |
St. John's, NL
|Brier appearances||15 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)|
|2 (2017, 2018)|
|Top CTRS ranking||1st (2012-13, 2016-17 & 2017-18)|
|Grand Slam victories||12: The National (2010, 2013, 2015); Masters (2014, 2017); Canadian Open (2014, 2017); Elite 10 (2016, Sept. 2018); Players' (2016); Tour Challenge (2017); Champions Cup (2018)|
In 1995, Nichols played for Newfoundland at the Canada Games, placing eighth.
Between 1999 and 2011, Nichols lived in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, where he played third for the Brad Gushue rink. It was with Gushue where he represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics. With Gushue, Nichols has been to three Canadian Junior Curling Championships (1999, 2000, and winning in 2001) and eleven Briers (2003-2005, 2007-2011, 2015–2017). He also qualified for the 2013 and 2014 Brier with Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton rink. He won the World Junior Curling Championships in 2001 with Gushue as well. He also won Gold in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, at which he threw a spectacular shot - running back a guard onto another stone which picked another rock that was sitting in a dead zone - in the 6th end of the final against Finland, helping Canada to score 6. Certainly one thing to aid their victory was the fact that Nichols shot a blistering 97 percent in the gold medal final. "When he’s playing that way, we don’t lose very much," said Gushue. He is also the 2017 Brier Champion, again as third for Gushue, defeating Kevin Koe 7-6 in the final, helping Gushue to win the Brier in his 14th appearance. This was an especially sweet victory for Nichols who had lost 3 Brier finals previously- with Gushue to Glenn Howard in 2007, with Stoughton to Brad Jacobs in 2013, with Gushue to Kevin Koe in 2016. At the 2018 brier he went back-to-back as brier champion, but this time he was a member of Team Canada defeating Brendan Bottcher of Alberta 6-4 with fellow skip Brad Gushue.
He briefly retired from curling after the 2011 Brier, although he always suggested he might return at some point, which he did for the 2012-2013 season as Jeff Stoughton's lead. He would play 2 whole seasons with Jeff, winning a silver at the 2013 Brier, and in the middle of the 2013-2014 season moved to throwing second stones for Jeff, missing the playoffs at the Canadian Olympic Trials, but winning a bronze at the 2014 Brier. He left the Stoughton rink to reunite with Brad after the 2014 Brier.
Nichols is a business owner and personal trainer with Orangethory Fitness. In the summer of 2011, Nichols married his longtime girlfriend and fellow curler Colette Lemon. They have two children. In August 2011, Nichols ran for the Progressive Conservative nomination in the district of Labrador West losing to Nick McGrath.
- World Junior Curling Championships: All-Star Third - 2001
- Brier: First Team All-Star, Lead - 2013
- Brier: First Team All-Star, Second - 2014
- Brier: First Team All-Star, Third - 2018
- Brier: Second Team All-Star, Third - 2004, 2016, and 2017
- World Men's Curling Championship: All-Star Third - 2017 and 2018
- Canadian Curling Association Archived 2006-09-02 at the Wayback Machine
- 2017 Brier Media Guide: Team Newfoundland and Labrador
- 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials: Media Guide