Date of Birth:  February 19, 1956
 Place of Birth: Midland, ON
 Residence: Moncton, NB
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Having skipped 13 teams at the Brier, eight times with Ontario and on five occasions with New Brunswick, as well as, winning a pair of World Championships (1987, 1993), it's obvious Russ Howard is one of the all-time curling greats.

However, the one key piece of hardware missing from his trophy case has been an Olympic medal. Fortunately, that may be about to change, now that the Brier record holder in wins with 107, finds himself on Brad Gushue's Turin-bound curling squad.

Gushue added Howard, the one and only winner of the Grand Slam of Curling (1993), as the alternate to his Newfoundland & Labrador team early in 2005. As the Olympic trials approached in December, Gushue sensed an opportunity and asked second Mike Adam to switch places with the curling legend. Although the move created some controversy, the results were hard to argue with, as Team Gushue won a dramatic 8-7 battle with Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton in the final to claim the coveted Olympic berth.

Gushue will continue to throw skip rocks while Howard throws second, but it is the latter who will be calling the games in Italy. Considering Howard's status as one of the roaring game's master strategists, it looks to be a winning combination.

When not on the ice, the former golf pro will likely be found hard at work with his wife Wendy in their thriving Moncton real estate partnership. The two competed together at the Canadian Mixed curling championships in 2000 and 2001.

Howard celebrates his 50th birthday on February 19, mid-way through the curling competition.

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