"I would never want anyone else throwing that last rock. I have 100 percent confidence in every single shot she throws." (Jill Officer regarding her skip, Jennifer Jones)
A jubilant Jennifer Jones jumped after throwing the last rock in the women's curling final at the Ice Cube Center, securing a 6-3 win over the defending gold medallists, Sweden. Tears flowed as the Canadian women celebrated their victory, the first since Nagano in 1998 led by the late Sandra Schmirler.
The Winnipeg Rink, composed of Jennifer Jones (skip), Kaitlyn Lawes (third), Jill Officer (second) and Dawn McEwen (lead) were undefeated with an 11-0 record at the Sochi Olympics. Jennifer, who failed to qualify for the Torino or the Vancouver Games, remained focussed on the task at hand. Canada had won bronze in 2006 and silver in 2010. While Jennifer and her team had secured four Canadian titles and one world championship, Jennifer knew that they would have stiff competition from the Swedes, gold medallists in the past two Olympic games. After five ends, Canada and Sweden were tied 3-3. However, Jennifer and her teammates stole two in the ninth to gain some much needed points and securing their win.
Tears flowed as the Canadians celebrated their gold medal performance. Some talked about children back home. Jennifer mentioned her 18 month old daughter who would try to kiss her mom when she saw her on T.V. Soon the toddler will be able to kiss her mommy in person. Congratulations, curlers!