Russell W. "Russ" Howard, is a Canadian Curler and Olympian Champion, based in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Known for his gravelly voice, Howard has been to the Brier 14 times, winning the title twice and he is also a 2-time world champion, winning in 1987 and 1993.In 2005, Howard called the shots for Brad Gushue's team at the Canadian Olympic Trials, while he played second.
In 2006, their incredible teamwork won them Gold at the Olympics. The Gold medal marked the first time that a Canadian team has won the Gold medal for men's curling. Howard, who turned 50 during the Olympics is the oldest Canadian to win an Olympic gold medal.
Howard is also the innovator of the "Moncton Rule", which evolved into the "Free Guard Zone", part of international and Olympic rules. This makes his 2006 medal particularly significant, as it is likely that without the excitement this rule adds to the sport it would not have become an Olympic event.
In 2006, he was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame. Since 2001, he has been a commentator for TSN. In 2013, he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
- Passion Lives Here
As a two-time world curling champion, and already Canada’s most accomplished curler in history, Russ is a fierce, focused competitor. In his keynote, Russ takes his audience on his Olympic journey to Gold as well as a journey through his life lessons. Russ explores the successful balance of being a family man, a curling competitor, a successful realtor, and TSN announcer. It is a journey that has taught him so much about life. Russ doesn't measure his success by his resume of accomplishments but rather by his life fulfillment, his happiness, and his passion. Through humour, Russ is able to relate to the audience as an ordinary man who has accomplished extraordinary things through his love of sport and passion for life.
Russ shares with the audience the importance of friends, family, team building, team chemistry, intensity and focus. He shares lessons he has learned through loss and the importance of dedication and the desire to continually improve at whatever life throws at you.