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Jones Foursome Leads Women’s Trials Field BY DAVE KOMOSKY

PHOTO: ANDREW KLAVER © KRUGER PRODUCTS

Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones may be the favourite going into the trials, but she says any team could win. “They’ll all be tough, great teams that deserve to be there. It’s inevitable that one team will get on a roll and win.”

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PHOTO: ANDREW KLAVER © KRUGER PRODUCTS

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ENNIFER JONES WILL TELL YOU THAT ONE OF the major keys to success in curling is the ability to focus and resist the urge to freak out when the pressure builds. Jones, the redoubtable skip out of the St. Vital Curling Club in Winnipeg, has proven adept at focusing in her relatively short but brilliant career on the ice. Her ability to block out pressure and perform well in the crucible of the game’s most intense situations is one of the reasons she’s a three-time Canadian and one-time world champion. Jones already has faced a lifetime’s worth of pressure situations in her career but acknowledges the needle will turn even higher — and the need to focus will be even greater — when the top eight women’s and men’s teams in the country gather at Edmonton’s Rexall Place December 6 to 13 to decide Canada’s representatives at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. “It’s a pretty exciting year for all of us in the sport,” says Jones. “The Olympics is the epitome of sports and it would be amazing to represent Canada at the Olympics in your own country. I can’t begin to describe how amazing that would be.”

Team Canada’s Jennifer Clark-Rouire, Dawn Askin, Jill Officer, Cathy Overton-Clapham and Jennifer Jones take the now-familiar walk down the final game sheet to be presented with the Hearts championship trophy.

She’s not alone. Every player on every team that qualifies for the Canadian Curling Trials understands the magnitude of the situation. They had to hack their way through the jungle of the Canadian Curling Association’s tough three-year qualifying process just to get to Edmonton, and the reward is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent their country, in their country, in the biggest sporting spectacle on the planet. Now that’s pressure. And as if that weren’t enough, they all know that every school child, shopkeeper, politician and poet in Canada will be counting on the trials winners to bring home gold. No wonder Jones was content to stay at home most of the summer to “decompress” after another rigorous winter on the ice and gear up for the season to end all seasons. “It’s important to wind down and take a breath,” says Jones, who cemented her reputation and that of her remarkable team — third Cathy Overton-Clapham, second Jill Officer and lead Dawn Askin — as one of the greatest Canadian teams in history by winning a third Scotties Tournament of Hearts national title last season in Victoria. Jones had one big advantage as she cooled her heels during the off-season. Hers was one of four teams with

Extra End Magazine - 2009/2010 Annual  

Extra End Magazine - The Official Publication of the Canadian Curling Association's Season of Champions.

Extra End Magazine - 2009/2010 Annual  

Extra End Magazine - The Official Publication of the Canadian Curling Association's Season of Champions.

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