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Sandra Schmirler Sometimes in sports athletes are put up on a pedestal because of greatness the baseball player who can hit catch run or pitch with stunning grace the hockey player who can skate with electrifying ease the basketball player who can leap with mystifying ability the football player who can move with endless energy However beyond their contributions as athletes it is their contributions as people that make these individuals great When we think of Sandra Marie Schmirler we are impressed not only with what she did in her pursuit of athletic excellence and how she defined herself as a winner but what she contributed to others beyond just winning world championships and gold medals Sandra Schmirler helped us understand that life is precious and we must appreciate it every day because it can be taken away in an instant While Sandra only lived to the age of 36 she understood that we must place value on more than just winning and losing we must prioritize the very simple things that are near and dear to us all in particular family and friends Sandra loved her family -- her husband Shannon her daughters Sara and Jenna her mother Shirley her sisters Beverly and Carol her uncles and aunts and nieces and nephews -- and her many friends not the least of whom were her teammates and soul mates - Jan Betker Joan McCusker and Marcia Gudereit Together Sandra Jan Joan and Marcia meshed together as the greatest team in the history of womens curling but it was Sandra more than the others who was in the spotlight and she used that spectrum wisely and carefully Sandra came from a small town in Saskatchewan Canada called Biggar and as she escalated to greatness highlighted by skipping her team to the first-ever gold medal in the Olympics Sandra maintained her focus never forgetting who she was and from where she had come Moreover she considered her
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