Tracy Fleury

Tracy Fleury (born June 13, 1986) is a Canadian curler, who currently skips her own team out of the East St. Paul Curling Club in East St. Paul, Manitoba.[2]

Tracy Fleury
Born
Tracy Horgan

(1986-06-13) June 13, 1986
Team
Curling clubIdylwylde G&CC,[1]
Sudbury
SkipTracy Fleury
ThirdSelena Njegovan
SecondLiz Fyfe
LeadKristin MacCuish
AlternateTaylor McDonald
Career
Member Association Northern Ontario (2004-2018)
 Manitoba (2018-present)
Hearts appearances4 (2012, 2015, 2018, 2019)
Top CTRS ranking7th (2015-16, 2016-17, 2018-19)
Grand Slam victories1 (2019 Masters)

Career

Juniors

Fleury was born in Sudbury, Ontario. She is a three time Northern Ontario junior champion skip, having won the provincial championship in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

In 2005, Fleury actually did not skip the Northern Ontario team, but threw last stones. Instead, the team's second, Jennifer Horgan held the broom. At the 2005 Canadian Junior Curling Championships, Fleury finished with a 7-5 record, just out of the playoffs.[3]

At the 2006 Canadian Junior Curling Championships, with Fleury at skip, they finished with a 7-4 record, tied for third place with Nova Scotia (skipped by Sarah Rhyno). This would mean they had to play in a tie-breaker match, which Nova Scotia would win.[4]

At the 2007 Canadian Junior Curling Championships, Fleury once again won seven games, and lost five, however, this would not be enough to make the playoffs.[5]

2008–2013

In 2008, Fleury's team graduated to the women's level, and the team qualified for the 2008 Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The team finished with a 3-6 record.

Fleury's rink qualified for the 2009 Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts, having lost to Krista McCarville in the Northern Ontario final, which was good enough to qualify. The team finished with a 4-5 record.

Fleury won the Northern Ontario championship in December 2009, earning her team a right to play in the 2010 Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts. There, her rink went all the way to the final before losing to McCarville.

Fleury's rink returned to the 2011 Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts by winning the fourth and final slot at the Northern Ontario championship. They did much better at the provincial tournament, but were once again bested by the McCarville rink, this time in the semi-final.

Team Fleury (then known as Team Horgan) had another slow start in their 2012 campaign, placing third at the Northern Ontario championship. However, they would have another successful tournament at that year's 2012 Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The team lost just two round robin games, and would eventually upset the previously undefeated Rachel Homan rink in the final. Homan missed a draw to the button to win the game on her last rock. At the 2012 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Fleury and team would find difficulties through the week, finishing round robin with a 4-7 record.

Fleury's rink began the 2012-13 curling season well by winning the 2012 AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic. However, her bid to return to the Scotties at the provincial 2013 Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts was unsuccessful, with the team finishing with a 4-5 record, missing the playoffs. At the 2013 Pomeroy Inn & Suites Prairie Showdown, the team went all the way to the finals, before losing in an extra end to Mirjam Ott, the World Champion at the time.

2013–2018

The Fleury rink secured a spot at the 2013 Road to the Roar, the Olympic pre-trials event. At the Road to the Roar, the team went 4-3 and lost the 'C' event final on last rock to Valerie Sweeting, who qualified for the Roar along with Renee Sonnenberg. Fleury defeated the top two seeds at the event, Shannon Kleibrink and Laura Crocker. Following the Pre-Trials, the team went undefeated at the Northern Ontario Scotties playdowns. By finishing 1st at the playdowns, the team competed at the 2014 Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The team had a disappointing run at the provincials that year, giving up key steals in their losses to finish with a 5-4 record and ultimately missing the playoffs for a second consecutive year.

The team was selected to represent Canada at the 3rd annual Yichun International Ladies Cup in Yichun, China from December 28, 2013 – January 1, 2014. The team went 6-1 in the round-robin with their only loss coming from Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland in the opening draw. The team defeated Wang Bingyu in the semi-final and Jiang Yilun in the final to win the championship.

The team has had a successful start to their 2014–15 curling season, finishing 3rd at the Stroud Sleeman Cash Spiel and qualifying for the playoffs of a Grand Slam event, (The Autumn Gold) for a second time in their career making it to the quarter-final before losing to former provincial rival Rachel Homan of Ottawa. At the 2014 DEKALB Superspiel in Morris, Manitoba, the team lost their opening match to Colleen Kilgallen before winning their next 8 games. They defeated St. Vital's Jennifer Jones in the final and earned 22.5 CTRS Points for their win. Just 3 weeks later, at the Curl Mesabi Classic, the Fleury rink finished first in their pool after the round-robin with a 3-1 record. In the playoffs, they defeated Patti Lank in the semi-final and defeated Erika Brown in the final to claim the championship title.

At the 2015 Northern Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the Fleury rink became the first women's team to represent Northern Ontario at the Scotties. The team finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record, defeating city rival Kendra Lilly 4-3 in a close match. Team Fleury then had to win a relegation qualifier prior to the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in order to compete in the main tournament.

During the relegation round at the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Fleury overpowered Kerry Galusha from the Northwest Territories 10-5 and then bested Sarah Koltun from the Yukon 7-5. In the pre-qualification final, once again they defeated the team from Yellowknife, 7-6, securing the right to represent Northern Ontario in the main draw at the Scotties for the first time. In the main event, Fleury found some success defeating higher seeds such as Julie Hastings and Stefanie Lawton. Headed into Draw 17, the final draw before playoffs, Fleury and Rachel Homan, team Canada at the time, shared 6-4 records. The winner of their game would decide who qualifies as the 4th seed for playoffs, the loser would end up going home. After controlling much of the game and leading 4-2 after 6, Fleury would allow Homan to score 2 in the 7th to tie it up. After a blank in the 8th, Fleury was heavy on a tap attempt in the 9th end to give up a critical steal of 2. Homan would run Fleury out of stones in the 10th to win 6-5. Therefore, Fleury finished 5th at the 2015 event with a respectable 6-5 record.

After the conclusion of the 2014–15 curling season, Fleury announced that their team would add Calgary's Crystal Webster to the lineup in a 5-player roster due to work commitments from Fleury's front end. The team found success early, advancing all the way to the semi-final of the 2015 Tour Challenge Grand Slam. They finished the round robin with a 2-2 record with wins over Eve Muirhead and Kim Eun-jung, qualifying for a tiebreaker. The team stole the 8th end of the tiebreaker against Chelsea Carey and went on to defeat Sherry Middaugh in the quarter-final. They were defeated by Switzerland's Silvana Tirinzoni 9-7 in the semi-final to end their run in the slam. It marked the first time Fleury advanced to the semi-final of a Slam. Although the team struggled at the next Slam, The Masters, finishing with a 1-3 record, they quickly rebounded and made it all the way to the final of The National. Up 4-3 without hammer in the 8th and final end, the team forced Rachel Homan to execute a difficult draw to the 4-foot through a port to win, which was made. A month later, they played in the 2015 Canada Cup of Curling, where they went 1-5. In their next slam, the team lost in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Meridian Canadian Open. In playdowns, the team failed in their attempt to repeat as Northern Ontario champions, losing all three of their games against Krista McCarville, including the final. They wrapped up their season at the 2016 Players' Championship, where they finished with a 1-4 record.

Team Fleury began the 2016-17 Grand Slam season at the 2016 Masters of Curling, going 1-3 at the event. A month later, the team lost in the quarterfinals of the 2016 GSOC Tour Challenge. Later that month, they picked up a win at The Sunova Spiel at East St. Paul World Curling Tour event. A week later, they played in the 2016 Canada Cup of Curling, which they finished with a 2-4 record. At their next slam, the 2016 Boost National, they missed the playoffs again with a 1-3 record. They were more successful at the 2017 Meridian Canadian Open, where they lost in the quarterfinal. At the 2017 Northern Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts, they again lost in the final to the Krista McCarville rink, but were able to win one game against them in the round robin. The team finished their season with another quarterfinal finish at a grand slam, at the 2017 Players' Championship.

The team began the 2017-18 curling season at the 2017 GSOC Tour Challenge event, where they finished with a winless 0-4 record. The next month, the team picked up a tour event win at the Gord Carroll Curling Classic. After three seasons as one of the top teams in Canada, Team Fleury qualified for the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Pre-Trials as the #1 seed. At the Pre-trials, Fleury finished with a disappointing 2-4 record, missing the playoffs. A week later, the team rebounded by making it all the way to the semifinal of the 2017 Boost National Grand Slam event. The team regrouped at the 2018 Northern Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts, defeating Krista McCarville in the final to qualify for the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The team would finish round-robin play with an 8-3 record, in fourth place. They would lose the 3vs4 page playoff game to Mary-Anne Arsenault of Nova Scotia. A few weeks later, the team announced they would disband at the end of the 2017-18 season, citing work and family commitments.

2018–present

In 2018, Fleury announced she would be replacing Kerri Einarson on her Manitoba team, skipping the out-of-province team of Selena Kaatz, Liz Fyfe and Kristin MacCuish for the 2019-2022 quadrennial out of East St. Paul, Manitoba.[6] Fleury remained in Sudbury, and plays with the team as their designated out-of-province curler. The team had a nearly full schedule in Grand Slam events, beginning the season at the Elite 10, where they missed the playoffs after winning just one game. Next, they made it to the quarterfinals of the 2018 Masters, which they followed up by making it to the finals of the 2018 Tour Challenge, where they lost to Rachel Homan. Outside of the Grand Slam tour, they were invited to represent Canada at the second leg of the Curling World Cup, which they finished with a 4-2 record, narrowly missing the final. The following week they were back into a Grand Slam event, the 2018 National, where they won just one game. The following month, the team played in the 2019 Canadian Open, again missing the playoffs. The team found success in provincial playdowns, winning the 2019 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts defeating Kerri Einarson 13-7 in the final to represent Manitoba at the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.[7] A week after provincials, the team played in at the 2019 TSN All-Star Curling Skins Game where they lost to Jennifer Jones by $4,000 in the final. The team did earn $32,500 during the tournament. At the Hearts, Fleury led her Manitoba team to a 4-3 record in pool play, but lost to British Columbia's Sarah Wark rink in a tiebreaker to get into the championship pool, which eliminated the team from contention. They finished the season off by making it to the quarterfinals of the 2019 Players' Championship.

To start the 2019–20 season, Fleury and her team finished fourth at the 2019 Hokkaido Bank Curling Classic. They followed that by winning the 2019 Cargill Curling Training Centre Icebreaker.[8][9] Next they played in the 2019 AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic where they just squeaked into the playoffs as the eighth seed. They upset Silvana Tirinzoni who was the number one seed 7-5 in the quarterfinal and Rachel Homan 5-4 in the semifinal before losing the final to Jennifer Jones. Two weeks later, they played in the 2019 Colonial Square Ladies Classic where they went undefeated until the final where they came up just short to Homan. Team Fleury had two more playoff finishes at the 2019 Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic and the 2019 Canad Inns Women's Classic, where they lost in the semifinals and quarterfinals respectively. Their next event was the first Grand Slam of the season, the 2019 Masters where they qualified for the playoffs with a 3-1 record. With wins over Elena Stern in the quarterfinals and Anna Hasselborg in the semifinal, Fleury made her third Grand Slam final. She would be successful this time, defeating Sayaka Yoshimura to claim her first Grand Slam title. The next week, they had a quarterfinal finish at the second Slam of the season, the 2019 Tour Challenge. At the Canada Cup, the Fleury team once again had a successful run, qualifying for the playoffs with a 5-1 record. They downed Chelsea Carey 9-4 in the semifinal before coming up short to Rachel Homan in the final.

Personal life

Outside of curling, Fleury is an accounting and reporting manager with Laurentian University. Her brothers Tanner and Jacob are also successful Northern Ontario junior curlers, winning 1 bronze and 2 silver at recent Canadian Junior championships. Jacob is also a Canadian U18 curling champion. Tracy is married to Brent Fleury.[10]

Grand Slam record

Fleury won her first Grand Slam at the 2019 Masters, where she defeated Sayaka Yoshimura 7-5 in the final.

Key
C Champion
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
Event 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019–20
Masters N/A QF DNP DNP Q Q DNP QF C
Tour Challenge N/A N/A N/A N/A SF QF Q F QF
National N/A N/A N/A N/A F Q SF Q SF
Canadian Open N/A N/A N/A DNP QF QF DNP Q
Players' DNP DNP DNP DNP Q QF DNP QF
Champions Cup N/A N/A N/A N/A DNP DNP DNP DNP

Former events

Event 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
Elite 10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Q
Autumn Gold Q Q Q QF N/A N/A N/A N/A
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries DNP Q Q N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Colonial Square N/A Q DNP N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Teams

SeasonSkipThirdSecondLeadAlternate
2004–05[11]Tracy Horgan (fourth)Amanda GatesJennifer Horgan (skip)Stephanie Barbeau
2005–06Tracy HorganLindsay MinersAmanda GatesStephanie Barbeau
2006–07Tracy HorganAmanda GatesTara StephenStephanie Barbeau
2007–08Tracy HorganJennifer HorganAmanda GatesAndrea Souliere-Poland
2008–09Tracy HorganJennifer HorganAmanda GatesAndrea Souliere-Poland
2009–10Tracy HorganJennifer HorganAmanda GatesAndrea Souliere-Poland
2010–11Tracy HorganJennifer SeabrookJenna EngeAmanda Gates
2011–12Tracy HorganJennifer SeabrookJenna EngeAmanda GatesJen Gates (STOH)
2012–13Tracy HorganJennifer HorganJenna EngeAmanda Gates
2013–14Tracy HorganJennifer HorganJenna EngeAmanda GatesKendra Lilly (RTTR)
2014–15Tracy HorganJennifer HorganJenna EngeAmanda GatesCourtney Chenier
2015–16Tracy FleuryJennifer HorganJenna WalshAmanda GatesCrystal Webster
2016–17Tracy FleuryJennifer WylieJenna WalshAmanda GatesCrystal Webster
2017–18Tracy FleuryCrystal WebsterJenna WalshAmanda GatesJennifer Wylie
2018–19[6]Tracy FleurySelena NjegovanLiz FyfeKristin MacCuishTaylor McDonald
2019–20Tracy FleurySelena NjegovanLiz FyfeKristin MacCuishTaylor McDonald / Jill Officer

References

  1. "Tracy Fleury Profile". Curl Manitoba. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  2. "Curlingzone Profile". Curlingzone. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  3. Archived 2012-09-06 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Archived 2012-09-06 at the Wayback Machine
  5. Archived 2012-09-06 at the Wayback Machine
  6. "Fleury ready for new chapter skipping new Manitoba team". Grand Slam of Curling. 2018-02-17. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  7. "Fleury tops Einarson for Manitoba title". Sportsnet. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  8. "2019 Hokkaido Bank Curling Classic". World Curling Tour. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  9. "2019 Cargill Curling Training Centre Icebreaker". World Curling Tour. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  10. 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Mead Guide: Manitoba
  11. "Tracy Fleury Past Teams". Curling Zone. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
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