Canada skip Cheryl Bernard calls after a shot at the Olympic Centre on Feb. 25, 2010 in Vancouver. Winning a silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics hasn't turned into a silver lining for Canadian curler Cheryl Bernard. Despite getting plenty of international publicity and television face time at the 2010 Games, Bernard and her teammates have been forced to launch an advertising blitz to gain a new sponsor for the upcoming season and beyond. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rick Eglinton
Cheryl Bernard announced her retirement from competitive curling on Tuesday.
She made four appearances at the Canadian championships and won a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games with third Susan O’Connor, second Carolyn McRorie, lead Cori Morris and alternate Kristie Moore.
“To retire from the game I absolutely love is one of the toughest decisions of my life,” Bernard said in a statement. “But it’s time to be satisfied with what I have accomplished in the sport and walk away with some amazing memories and incredible relationships.
“I don’t think you ever really leave the game, I am sure I will stay involved in some capacity going forward.”
Bernard, 47, skipped Team Alberta at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 1992, 1996, 2007 and 2009. The best result for the Grande Prairie, Alta., native was a runner-up finish in Thunder Bay, Ont., in 1996.
At the Olympics, Bernard finished first in the round robin with an 8-1 record and defeated Switzerland in the semifinal before dropping a 7-6 extra-end decision to defending champion Anette Norberg of Sweden in the final.
“Standing on the podium in Vancouver and winning a medal for Canada with three other outstanding women was the most incredible feeling — a dream come true for all of us,” Bernard said.
The Calgary resident says she plans to spend more time with her family and continue her charity work and public speaking endeavours.