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Issue 7 – Friday, March 26, 2010 • An Official Publication of the Canadian Curling Association.

A wee spot of bother

It was a tough day for Eve Muirhead’s Scotland rink. They lost twice Thursday – to Russia and then Canada – dropping them into third place and propelling Andrea Schoepp’s Germans into the 1/2 Page playoff against Jennifer Jones Friday night. See Story on Page 2.

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Canada to play Germans in One-Two game; Scots await U.S./ Sweden tiebreaker LARRY WOOD The Eye Opener

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ennifer Jones says experience isn’t necessary in the Ford World women’s curling championship. But, she adds, it doesn’t hurt, either. And Canada’s Jones and her Winnipeg team of Cathy OvertonClapham, Jill Officer and Dawn Askin oozed poise and experience on Thursday night at the Iplex Centre as they breezed past Scotland 8-5 during the final round-robin draw to nail top spot on the leaderboard with a 10-and-1 record. The win moved the Canada into the Page One-Two playoff tonight at 8 p.m. against Germany, the only team to defeat the Canucks during preliminary play. “They beat us last time (8-7 in an extra end) so maybe it will be our turn this time,” suggested Jones. “We’re pretty excited. It’s was a big win for us and I thought we played pretty well. And we have the hammer in the next game. “The biggest thing for us this

week is that all of us have had consistent draw weight. The ice has been so readable. We all just felt comfortable with the ice and the weight.” For Scotland, skipped by 19-year-old Eve Muirhead, the loss was the second of the day and stripped the team of a berth in the two-life playoff. Scotland will sit out Friday and await the survivor of tiebreaker today at 1:30 p.m. involving Sweden’s Cecilia Ostlund and Erika Brown’s troops from the U.S.A. “It’s nice to keep the rhythm but I don’t mind having a day off,” said Muirhead. “It’s been tough the last week, non-stop game after game, so I don’t think a rest will do us any harm.” She termed the match with Canada “a game of two halves”. “We didn’t have it in the second half,” she added. “It’s disappointing. We win that and we’re in the One-Two playoff

Swedish third Sara Carlsson and Anna Domeij (background) peer over the shoulder of U.S. skip Erika Brown in the Swedes 9-5 win Thursday. The two have a rematch Friday at 1:30 p.m. in a tie-breaker with the winner advancing to play Scotland in the Three-Four game Saturday. with hammer. Now we’re back in a sudden-death game and we still

have three games to play if we want to win this and we’re two

matches away from the final we’ve always hoped to get to.”

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PLAYOFFS From Page 3 Muirhead, who’d lost just once over the span of five days, collided with a red-hot Russian team playing their last game of the championship in the afternoon and bowed 9-5. A win for Sweden over China on Thursday night would have sidelined the Yanks and the need for a tiebreaker. But Ostlund’s young team bowed 9-4 to China, dropping the Swedish record to 7-and-4, identical to that of the U.S. squad that eliminated China 9-5 in the afternoon. Sweden topped the U.S. 9-5 Thursday morning. But the young Swedish skip wasn’t professing worry about winding up in a tiebreaker. “That doesn’t matter,” said Ostlund. “We’re happy to play a lot of games. It’s a lot of fun going out there to play in front of all these people.” Schoepp, meanwhile, directing an 8-2 thumping of Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher on the night shift and revelled in achieving two playoff lives. “It’s a good feeling to be there,” she said. The German skip never has played in the One-Two playoff. In fact, Schoepp hasn’t been in the playoffs since 2006 when she lost to Kelly Scott of Canada in the Page ThreeFour tussle. “We haven’t changed anything,” she said when prodded to reveal new-found secrets of success. “The only thing for me is I’ve really been motivated to come here. Much moreso than to the Olympics. Why? For me, Olympics are a little bit different. Here you are playing just for you. Everything is all about you and you can win or lose on your terms. In the Olympics, in curling, you are kind of in the background. “It’s in my head. I know, “I’m a bit crazy and different maybe, but I love to play world championships and especially in Canada and in smaller towns like this one. I knew what would happen here and it is just as I expected

China’s team skipped by Bingyu Wang (centre) did finish 6-5 but that wasn’t good enough to make the playoff round. They did, however, play spoiler, knocking off Sweden and forcing them into a tiebreaker against the United States Saturday. it. So I’m feeling really well and I’m enjoyconfidence booster to her team of Melanie ing it. Robillard, Monika Wagner, Corinna Scholz “It’s a feeling and you have to have it. and Stella Heiss. That’s something you can feel when you go “You feel much safer and you know that on the ice.” you have shown that you are still alive Schoepp said winning the European cham- among the top teams,” Schoepp said. “It pionship last December has provided a big makes you feel more confident.

“There is no set strategy, I will play the way I feel,” she said. “We knew that we could beat them before. But it’s what I said in the beginning. It’s a 50-50 chance. You have to play well and have a little bit of luck, too.” In one other game on the last draw, Denmark improved its record to 6-and-5 with a 9-7 win over Norway’s Linn Githmark (3-8). China also finished 6-5 while Russia was 5-6, Switzerland 3-8, Japan 2-9 and rookie Latvia 1-10. Schoepp was forced to the last rock before defeating rookie Latvia 4-2 in the afternoon. China’s Wang said her team “had destiny in our hands but we lose”. “Now, we are happy to have a good ending.” “My team came back strong,” she said of a campaign that started 0-and-3. “The slow start killed us. Then we had a great four games. We are tired, yes, but this is no excuse. If you are tired and you come here you should still play your best every game. I hope everybody knows we try our best even though we lose.” The Russians, skipped by Anna Sidorova, jumped in front of Scotland by two in the second end and refused to relinquish control to Scotland and Muirhead wound up needing two to tie in the 10th and an almost impossible shot to stay in the game. “It was a circus shot that wasn’t there,” said the Scottish skip of her last-rock flash. “We needed to move three stones. If I’d made the first shot we may have set up a double but would have been in better shape for two.” Muirhead wrecked on her first raise-tap attempt. “We weren’t sharp out of the box,” she said, “and they played very well.” In one other afternoon fracas, Denmark rallied with four in the eighth and a winning two in the 10th to shade Japan 8-7. Canada defeated Russia 7-4 Thursday morning. Elsewhere, Switzerland dumped rookie Latvia 9-6 and Japan nudged Norway 6-5 in an extra panel.

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he string ran out for the supposedly near-invincible Ford Worlds defending champion Chinese curling team on Thursday afternoon. A disastrous 0-and-3 start to the week, which was extended to 1-4 following a tightfit loss to Canada in a game the Chinese were afforded plenty of opportunities to win, left Bingyu Wang and her cohorts with a long and winding road back which proved too cluttered with potholes. It was a shattering experience for a team built to win Olympic gold. “There’s only one explanation I can give, and I’m not a psychologist, but I spoke to (Chinese coach) Tan about it,” says Canadian coach Dan Rafael of Montreal, who deserves a bundle of credit for the Chinese team’s improvement over the past 30 months. “I said to him, ‘Just step out of the box and look in’. And here’s what you’ll see. You programmed these curling machines for one thing and one thing only. And that was the Vancouver Olympics. Now those Olympics are over. Do they really feel like curling? I look at some of them and I don’t know if they even want to be here (in Swift Current).” Skip Wang told anybody who’d listen following three straight defeats that she didn’t want to play a fourth game. She looked like a lost soul from another planet. It didn’t sit well with Chinese officials. “Basically, she was told, nobody quits on this team,” says Rafael. “But when I heard it, I said, ‘She doesn’t want to play? She’s out’. Done. Let’s move on. Because if you don’t want to play, you can’t be forced to play. “Fact of the matter is, they’re worn out. No doubt. Just this season alone started last June. And it’s been non-stop since. The only bit of a break this team had was at Christmas. “You’re talking about people in their 20s who haven’t been home since July. They haven’t seen their parents, their friends, nobody. So by now it’s tough. Sometimes, whether you want to or not, your mind is saying, ‘I did what I had to do’. What I had to do was the Olympics. We didn’t win gold, but . . . “Can you imagine being in your mid-20s, though, and you’re new to the sport in a

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country like China — 1.3 billion people — and they’re telling you every day, ‘Oh, you’re carrying the country on your backs, you have to win gold? “I don’t know the whole story, but like everybody else, I know that when they win gold, if they ever do, they’re made. I mean, made! They don’t have to work any more. “That, to me, is more pressure than being a superstar or anything else that comes with winning an Olympic gold medal. I don’t know what their family background is — they may or may not be living well but I’m sure it’s not great or maybe they wouldn’t be doing this. You know, you’re telling yourself, ‘My life depends on this shot. Every time I throw a rock.” Coach Rafael has, at times, arched the eyebrows of Chinese officials with his up-front candour. “At the Olympics, I found a lot of the media on the print side very unprofessional,” he says. “Like, they’d be interviewing a player in the mixed zone, I’d be there with someone, and it was like, ‘oh, they’re interviewing Dan’, and they’d run over to us and turn on their recorders. “They wouldn’t get the question and they’d get half the answer. And the next thing you know, they’re writing this stuff and it’s all out of context. And the next thing I know, I’m getting in trouble with the Chinese.

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WOOD: Pressure on players intense “They said I was talking too much. They said I shouldn’t be saying all these bad things. I said, ‘Look, I said this, this, and this, but not all together’. I hear, ‘The boss phoned from China, he’s not happy, did you say this?’ And I was shown this newspaper. I looked at the paper and said, ’Yeah, I said that, but those were three different answers to three different questions’. Whoever wrote it put it all together and it came across really negative. “I said, ‘our players are like curling machines, because they do what they’re told but, a lot of the time, they don’t know why they’re doing it’. “Here we are, talking about a team that’s World University Games champion, World champion, Olympic bronze medallist, the whole shebang. And as far back as three or four months ago, we were at practice and I said to one of the players: ‘You just missed that shot, why did you miss?’ And she said: ‘I don’t know’. She didn’t know why she missed? Was it in her release, was it the ice, was the broom in the wrong place? It’s got to be something. But she doesn’t know? That’s pretty sad.” Not to mention, pretty scary. Then there’s the story about the Chinese men’s skip, Fengchun Wang, arriving home from the Games and winding up on a slow train to his home in Harbin while the remainder of the Olympic team is

enjoying a celebration in Beijing. “Whether he was deemed a detriment to the team or whatever, they took him out of the lineup, they sat him down, and another guy went in and did a good job for the last two games,” recalls Rafael. “But the news got back to China that Charley (Wang) got the boot. That was the story. And it was bad. Somebody sent me a clip. So I read it. I said, ‘What is this’? It said he got on the plane home wearing a U.S. ball cap. And they put him on the train. And then the story claimed that when his father found out he’d been dropped from the team he’d had a heart attack. “I asked Charley, ‘Did your dad have a heart attack, are you kidding me?’ He told me, ‘My father was heartbroken.’ Heartbroken! There’s a big difference between heartbroken and a heart attack. “It had nothing to do with the U.S. hat, either. He was on his way, anyway. The ticket for the train was bought before he even got there.” It was like the poor guy was ruled persona non grata. “The understanding I had was the (Chinese) media got hold of it, and it didn’t sit pretty with them. They said something like, ‘Migawd, this guy has done so much for our country”. But it was the team, it wasn’t him. They have to learn that curling is a team game, not a game of individuals. “But in their view, he had done so much for the country as the original skip, he didn’t deserve this snub and so on. So the media basically put the pressure on and Charley was put back on the team. “And he’s going to Cortina next week. The last I saw, he was playing second. But he’ll be nowhere near the house. “Except when he slides through it.”

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Canadian skip has plenty of experience shifting gears at big events LARRY WOOD The Eye Opener

Jennifer Jones knows all about the transition from round-robin play to the playoff matches in these national and world championships. She’s guided her team of Cathy-O, Jill-O and Dawn Askin through just about every possible route in post-preliminary action — tiebreakers, the sudden-death Page ThreeFour playoff, the Page-One that sends the winner directly to the final, the semi-final and the final. She’s won them all and she’s lost most of them. “The biggest difference is that you’re the only game out there,” says the Canadian skip who will face a rematch with Germany’s Andrea Schoepp in tonight’s Page One-Two playoff showdown at 8 p.m. “It’s usually a little more intense. But we’re pretty feisty competitors during the round robin as well and we like to end that on a good note. “We like being one of the teams out there, that’s what you play for, it’s the adrenaline rush. Obviously, being in Canada, and having everybody cheering for us is supercool.

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QUESTION OF THE DAY How many Olympic medal-winning curlers are performing (excluding alternates) in the current world women’s championships? 1. Can you name them and the composition of their medals?

4. How about the youngest (including alternates) and how young? 5. Name the oldest curler (including alternates) currently participating in this championship, her age, position and the nation she represents. 6. How about the youngest curler (including alternates) currently participating in the world women’s championship, her age, position and the nation she represents 7. Name the curler who has skipped Swiss teams in more world women’s championships than any other. 8. How many championships? 9. Name the curler who has skipped U.S. teams in more world women’s championships than any other. 10. How many championships. 11. Name the curler who has skipped Japanese teams in more world wom-

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Scotland: GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Skip: Eve Muirhead

Home: Blair Atholl, Scotland Began curling at age: 10 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Curler Employer: British Curling/Scottish Institute Of Sports Age: 19 Place of birth: Perth Marital status: Single Favourite food: Spag bol (spaghetti with Bolognese sauce) Favourite drink: Gin and tonic Celebrity dream man: Michael Buble Most annoying celebrity: Katie Price Last movie she loved: Doesn’t do movies! Last movie she hated: Ditto Tattooed? Yes. Never leaves home without: Phone Ten ends or eight? Eight ends Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? Not bothered Extra ends or no extra ends? Not bothered Competed in: 09 Worlds, 07, 08, 09 World Juniors, 10 Olympics.

Third: Kelly Wood Home: Stirling Began curling at age: Eight Delivery: Lefthanded Occupation: Curler Employer: British Curling/Scottish

Scots like their cellphones, but not extra ends, 10 ends, nor tiebreakers

Institute Of Sports Marital status: Engaged Age: 28 Spouse/Partner: Bud Little Place of birth: Dundee, lived in Favourite food: Chinese Montrose. Favourite drink: Gin and Canada Marital status: Single Dry Spouse/Partner: None Celebrity dream man: Children: None David Beckham Favourite food: Mango Favourite drink: Gin and tonic Celebrity dream man: Matt Lanter Most annoying celebrity: Jordan All-time favourite movie: Top Gun Tattooed? Yes, Olympic rings in 2005 Never leaves home without: Lip gloss, purse, iPhone Ten ends or eight? Eight ends Tiebreakers or no tieAnne breakers? Laird Tiebreakers (left) and Extra ends or no extra Lorn a Vev ends? ers Extra ends Competed in: 04, 05, 06, 07 Worlds, Most annoying 99, 01, 02 World Juniors, 06, 10 celebrity: Olympics. Katie Price All-time favourite movie: Dirty Dancing Second: Last movie she loved: The ProLorna Vevers posal Home: Lockerbie Tattooed? Yes Began curling at age: 10 Never leaves home without: Mobile Delivery: Right phone Occupation/title: Curler Ten ends or eight? Eight ends Employer: British Curling/Scottish Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? No Institute Of Sports tiebreakers Age: 29 Extra ends or no extra ends? No Place of birth: Dumfries extra ends

Canada:

Competed in: 05, 06, 07 Worlds, 99, 01, 02 World Juniors, 10 Olympics.

Lead: Anna Laird Home: Musselburgh Began curling at age: 13 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Personal assistant Employer: Speedy Hire Age: 39 Place of birth: Musselburgh Marital status: Single Spouse/Partner: None Children: None Favourite food: Italian Favourite drink: Anything Tattooed? No Never leaves home without: Mobile phone Ten ends or eight? 10 ends Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? Tiebreakers Extra ends or no extra ends? Extra Ends Competed in: 99, 02, 04, 08, 09 Worlds, 10 Olympics.

Fifth: Sarah Reid

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Skip: Jennifer Jones

Home: East St. Paul, MB Began curling at age: 11 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Corporate lawyer Employer: Wellington West Capital Inc. Age: 35 Place of birth: Winnipeg Marital status: Married Spouse/Partner: Scott Children: None. Favourite food: Ice cream Favourite drink: Chai tea All-time favourite movie: Anything with a happy ending Last movie she loved: The Hangover Last movie she hated: Anything without a happy ending Tattooed? No. Never leaves home without: iPod Ten ends or eight? 10 ends Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? Tiebreakers Extra ends or no extra ends? Extra Ends Competed in: 2002, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09 Scotties, 05, 08, 09 Worlds, 91, 93, 94 Canadian Juniors, 04, 06, 07, 08 Canada Cup, 07, 08 Continental Cup, 05, 09 Olympic trials.

Third: Cathy Overton-Clapham Home: Winnipeg Began curling at age: 12 Delivery: Right Occupation: Business owner/mom Employer: Flatlanders Flooring Age: 40 Place of birth: Winnipeg Marital status: Married

Began curling at age: 10 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Pediatric nurse Employer: National Health Service Age: 24 Place of birth: Paisley, Scotland Marital status: Single Favourite food: Fruit Favourite drink: Anything flay (not a fizzy fan). Celebrity dream man: Justin Timberlake All-time favourite movie: Grease Last movie she loved: Transformers Last movie she hated: If she doesn’t like it, she doesn’t last to the end Tattooed? One, lower back Never leaves home without: Mobile phone Ten ends or eight? 10 ends Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? No tiebreakers Extra ends or no extra ends? No extra ends Competed in: 04, 06 07 World Juniors.

Coach: Nancy Murdoch Home: Lockerbie Occupation/title: Scotland women’s coach Employer: Sports Scotland, Scottish Institute Of Sport. Date of birth: Oct. 17, 1969 Place of birth: Dumfries Coached: 2010 Scottish women’s team

Team Canada likes The Hangover – the movie, that is – and throw in some Chai

Age: 34 Spouse/Partner: Mike Canada Cup, 07, 08 Continental Place of birth: Winnipeg Children: Andrew 11, Mackenzie 7. Cup, 05, 09 Olympic trials. Marital status: Married Favourite food: Steak Spouse/Partner: Devlin Favourite drink: Chai tea Children: None. Celebrity dream man: Husband Lead: Favourite food: Wraps Mike Clapham Dawn Askin Celebrity dream man: Justin TimAll-time favourite movie: Anything berlake, Ryan Reynolds with a happy ending Home: Winnipeg Most annoying celebrity: LindLast movie she loved: The HangBegan curling at age: Seven say Lohan over Delivery: Right Last movie Last movie she hated: Anything Occupation/title: Case officer she without a happy ending Employer: Federal Government Tattooed? No. of Canada Never leaves home withAge: 29 out: Blackberry/ Place of birth: Ottawa phone. Marital status: Common Law Ten ends Spouse/Partner: or eight? Mike McEwen 10 ends Children: None. TiebreakFavourite food: Too many ers or no to pick tiebreakers? Favourite drink: Tiebreakers Depends on her mood. Extra ends Celebrity dream man: or no extra Hmm. ends? Most annoying celebExtra Ends rity: Miley Cyrus. Competed in: All-time favourite 1991, 95, 96, 99, movie: d 00, 05, 06, 07, n a s Shining Through Jone 08, 09 10 Scotties, nifer n e Tattooed? Yes, two. J , 1995, 05, 08, 09 m a Never leaves home withlaph C Worlds, 07, 08 Conn verto out: Sunglasses. tinental Cup, 86. 89 thy O a C , Ten ends or eight? 10 ends ) t loved: f Canadian Juniors, 90 e l ( cer i Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? f f The Hangover World Juniors, 06, 07, O kin Jill Tiebreakers n As Last movie she hated: 08 Canada Cup, 97, w a D Extra ends or no extra ends? Lord of the Rings 05, 09 Olympic trials. Extra Ends Tattooed? No Competed in: 2005, 08, 09 ScotNever leaves home without: Second: ties, 08, 09 Worlds, 04, 06, 07, 08 Water, Blackberry Canada Cup, 07, 08 Continental Ten ends or eight? 10 ends Jill Officer Cup, 09 Olympic trials. Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? Tiebreakers Home: Winnipeg Extra ends or no extra ends? Began curling at age: 10 Fifth: Extra Ends Delivery: Right Jennifer Clark-Rouire Competed in: 2005, 06, 07, 08, Occupation/title: RBC Olympian 09 Scotties, 05, 08, 09 Worlds, 94 Employer: RBC Canadian Junior, 04, 06, 07, 08 Home: Winnipeg

Began curling at age: 14 Delivery: Right Occupation/title: Mother and business owner Employer: Storm Catering Age: 34 Place of birth: Winnipeg Marital status: Married Spouse/Partner: Mitch Children: Lucas 3. Favourite food: Chocolate Favourite drink: Tim Hortons coffee, large double-double. Celebrity dream man: Ryan Reynolds. Most annoying celebrity: Paris Hilton. All-time favourite movie: Star Wars Last book she loved: The Lovely Bones Last book she hated: My Sister’s Keeper Tattooed? Not yet. Never leaves home without: A photo of Lucas. Ten ends or eight? 10 ends Tiebreakers or no tiebreakers? Tiebreakers Extra ends or no extra ends? Extra Ends Competed in: Extra ends Competed in: 2008, 09 Scotties, 08, 09 Worlds

Coach: Janet Arnott Home: Winnipeg Occupation/title: Store systems co-ordinator Employer: Shoppers Drug Mart Date of birth: April 17, 1956 Place of birth: Winnipeg Coached: 2008, 09 Scotties, 08, 09 Worlds, 09 Olympic trials.


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Draw 16 Results 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T Germany* 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 Latvia 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 %age Lead Second Third Skip Team Germany 89 86 78 82 84 Latvia 75 88 79 71 78 1 2 3 4 China 0 0 2 0 USA* 1 3 0 2 %age Lead Second China 88 73 USA 79 86 1 2 3 4 Denmark* 1 0 0 0 Japan 0 0 3 1 %age Lead Second Denmark 86 76 Japan 85 78

Final Round Robin Standings Team 1. Canada 2. Germany

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Team China Denmark Russia Norway Switzerland Japan Latvia

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Norway Denmark* %age Norway Denmark

Latvia* Switzerland %age Latvia Switzerland

1 2 3 4 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 Lead Second 93 81 85 81

5 6 7 0 1 1 2 0 0 Third 71 91

8 9 10 T 0 1 0 6 2 0 2 9 Skip Team 76 80 71 82

1 2 3 4 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 Lead Second 76 80 77 75

Canada* Scotland %age Canada Scotland

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8 9 10 T 4 0 2 8 0 1 0 7 Skip Team 79 76 78 78

6 7 8 2 0 2 0 2 0 Third 73 90

9 10 11 T 0 1 0 7 1 0 2 9 Skip Team 68 74 59 75

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T 2 0 0 1 0 2 3 0 0 x 8 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 x 5 Lead Second Third Skip Team 90 88 96 92 91 93 90 83 78 86

Switzerland Germany* %age Switzerland Germany

1 2 3 4 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 Lead Second 88 83 80 81

5 6 7 0 0 0 2 1 1 Third 67 78

8 9 10 T 0 x x 2 2 x x 8 Skip Team 62 75 87 81

Sweden* China %age Sweden China

1 2 3 4 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 Lead Second 84 63 84 80

5 6 7 0 0 2 1 2 0 Third 77 73

8 9 10 T 0 x x 4 3 x x 9 Skip Team 64 72 89 82

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1 2 3 4 Russia* 1 0 0 1 Canada 0 1 1 0 %age Lead Second Russia 80 79 Canada 89 90 1 2 3 4 5 Japan 0 1 0 2 0 Norway* 0 0 1 0 0 %age Lead Second Japan 80 77 Norway 85 78

5 6 7 1 0 0 0 1 1 Third 64 73

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Draw 15 Results 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T USA 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 5 Sweden* 1 0 3 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 9 %age Lead Second Third Skip Team USA 80 70 71 66 72 Sweden 81 74 70 80 76

8 9 10 T 2 0 x 5 0 2 x 9 Skip Team 64 75 76 81

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 T Scotland 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 5 Russia* 0 2 0 1 0 2 1 0 1 2 9 %age Lead Second Third Skip Team Scotland 84 78 84 79 81 Russia 86 89 70 81 82

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5 6 7 0 0 1 2 0 0 Third 80 86

8 9 10 T 0 1 x 4 3 0 x 7 Skip Team 68 77 93 90

6 7 8 0 1 0 1 0 1 Third 85 70

9 10 11 T 1 0 1 6 0 2 0 5 Skip Team 82 81 70 76 Latvia went 1-10 in their first Ford World Women’s

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JONES: ‘Moments of a lifetime’ “It’s moments of a lifetime and those are the moments you don’t forget. And we’re really excited that we can experience those moments again.” This is the fourth trip to the Ford Worlds playoff segment for Jones. She won it all in 2008 at Vernon, losing the Page One-Two, winning the semi and the final. In 2005 she lost the Page Three-Four (there was no bronze-medal game). Last year she lost the Page Three-Four and the bronze-medal tilt. “As I always say,” says Jones, “I don’t think you really need experience to succeed in playoffs but it certainly helps. You know what to expect. We know how to calm our nerves. We know how to soak up the moment because we’ve been there before. And you always think it might be your last and you want to enjoy it. “So you never know. We’ll go out there in the playoffs and do our thing and give ourselves a shot.” The approach, though, is always the same. “But we’d like to have some better results than we’ve had,” she says. ”We went into playoffs a little bit different last year. We’d lost a couple of bad games to put ourselves in a bad spot. Whereas here, we’ve had control in our own hands and won a game we had to win. It’s just been a different kind of momentum. “You just have to lose a big one to realize that, hey, it’s just a game and you learn that life goes on and the sun comes up the next day and you should go out there and have fun and enjoy it.

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“In 2002 (in the Canadian championship Page Three-Four playoff vs. Sherry Middaugh at Brandon) I missed a last shot to win a game and I just decided to enjoy the moment. And I’ve been fortunate enough to be on the other side of those games more often than not. “I’ve always had a pretty good perspective on it, actually. I’ve always loved to compete. I’ve always felt pretty privileged with the number of wins we’ve managed to have and I look at my (championship) ring and I’m still in awe over it and I think that helps with just going out and enjoying it.” Still, you have to enjoy the feeling of

competing in order to eventually get that winning feeling. “Your heart races and you get this adrenaline rush and I like that. It’s a rollercoaster. It’s fun, but it’s also relaxing, and the one time when you’re totally in the moment. “Your Blackberry can’t go off and nothing can happen. You’re out there playing and being out there doing what you love to do and there aren’t many people in life who get to do what they love to do all the time. “It’s that one moment when it’s all about one thing . . . and it’s awesome. We have a lot of laughs out there and a lot of fun and we’ve kind of grown up together in this

team and it’s been a great experience and a great ride and we hope there’s more to come.” It helps to keep in shape and exhibit unlimited stamina. Today’s competitive curling schedule in North America commences in September and stretches through late April. “It’s a pretty gruelling schedule,” says Jones, who prefers the 10-end game to the eight-end version and likes the game “just the way it is”. “If you didn’t love the game . . . it would be impossible to do.” There was a difference a year ago, playing the World championship in Gangneung, Korea. “People were talking amongst themselves when the curling was going on,” recalls Jones. “They just don’t know a lot about curling and that’s why we have to have world championships in places like that so the sport can grow. “The ice here (in Swift Current) has been so good all week. We had some issues with frost over in Korea and I feel a lot more comfortable with the ice here than I did last year.” Her last global victory, of course, commands a special place in the Jones memory bank. “We lost the One-Two to China and we came back and beat Japan in the semifinal,” she recalls. “That was one of the most memorable games of my life, that one against Japan. That is a game I’ll never forget and I talk about it all the time.” Anybody who saw it will remember it. Canada trailed Moe Meguro 8-5 with two ends to go. Jones scored two in the ninth, then stole the tying single in the 10th on the strength of a magnificent bailout freeze, a perfect weld, by the Canadian skip. And, of course, Canada stole the win in the 11th, too, and went on to defeat Bingyu Wang in the final. “That really was,” Jones muses, “a defining moment for me”.


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