One week after the Olympics ended, curling takes center stage once again with the Tim Hortons Brier 2014 kicking off in Kamloops, British Columbia.
A star-studded 12-rink field will converge on the Great White North, with the winner being able to represent Canada in the 2014 World Men's Championship at the end of March.
Notable participants in the event include former Olympic gold medalists Brad Gushue (2006) and John Morris (2010). In addition to securing a spot in this year's World Men's Championship, the winner of the Brier will also be guaranteed a return trip to this event in 2015.
This is a 12-team round-robin format that takes place over the next eight days, concluding on Sunday, March 9 with the Gold Medal Game.
The Northern Ontario team, featuring Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden, won the 2013 Tim Horton Brier by defeating Manitoba in the Gold Medal Game 11-4. With Jacobs and his rink not participating in this year's event, the field is wide open.
Saturday will be the first day of action, with four games taking place at 4:30 p.m. ET. Gushue, Morris and Jeff Stoughton will be the stars to watch. Gushue, despite owning an Olympic gold medal, is looking for his first victory in the Brier.
Gushue is skip on the Newfoundland & Labrador rink that is looking to win its first Brier event since 1976. In an interview with Mark Dwyer of NTV Canada, the former Olympian talked about what winning here would mean.
It would mean a lot for me to win the Brier. It is the only thing that I have left, and I'm probably the only curler now in the world that would like to win a Brier over an Olympics just because it's the only thing that I have left to do, and it would mean a whole bunch to me.
Last year's Newfoundland rink, led by Gushue, did very well in the round-robin stage, going 8-3, but fell in the Page 3-4 game to eventual champion Northern Ontario and was downed in the Bronze Medal game by Ontario.
Will the 11th time be the charm for Gushue? Curling fans everywhere will be glued to their seats starting on Saturday to find out.
The full schedule and draw are both available on the Canadian Curling website.