TORONTO — Jennifer Jones and Brent Laing will be in the same city this weekend, curling under the same roof.
And that’s a notable accomplishment in itself for the soon-to-be married curlers, who make long-distance relationships look good.
Jones, the reigning Olympic women’s champion, and Laing are getting married in Mexico on June 1, but will continue to straddle two provinces — she’s based in Winnipeg, he curls for Kevin Koe’s rink in Calgary. They’ll eventually put down roots somewhere together, Jones says, perhaps after the 2018 Winter Olympics.
SAPPORO, Japan — Canada’s Jennifer Jones was happy to gain a split of her games Sunday at the world women’s curling championship.
The Olympic champion earned a 9-4 win over Scotland before dropping an 8-6 decision to Sweden. That left Jones with a 2-1 record, standing fourth in the overall standings behind unbeaten China, Russia and Switzerland (all 3-0).
“To be honest, we had a really tough day so to split the day we have to be happy with that,” said Jones. “We just didn’t play as well as we would’ve liked (against Sweden), which was unfortunate.”
Two more honours were bestowed upon the gold medal-winning Jennifer Jones curling rink on Thursday.
The ladies from the St. Vital Curling Club gathered for the official unveiling of their mural on the south wall of the club facing Fermor Avenue. With the support of Take Pride Winnipeg and other organizations, the mural was painted this summer by local muralists Mandy van Leeuwen and Michel Saint Hilaire.
“You’re a little scared when your face is going to be about a storey high,” Jones said of the mural.