Fresh off guiding the South Koreans to an unprecedented run to the Olympic finals, curling coach Peter Gallant is looking to make a return trip in 2022 — but this time with a new team.
P.E.I.’s Gallant helped guide the South Korean women’s rink to a silver in their home country in February. He was hired on a three-year contract to coach the team and lived in South Korea for much of that time.
Now, Gallant has signed a one-year contract to work with a new team featuring established players out of Switzerland.
“Silvana Tirinzoni is a fabulous player, the Swiss skip this year at the Olympics, her team is ranked third or fourth in the world,” he said. “She’s combining with Alina Paetz, who is a former world champion from Switzerland a few years back.”
The two will be combining with Esther Neuenschwander and Melanie Barbezat to form a new team.
“They’ve kind of taken two of the best teams from Switzerland and formed them into one, so they will definitely have a good chance of getting out of Switzerland, which is a pretty strong country to get out of,” Gallant said.