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Colleen Jones - Saturday Feb. 22, 2014 16:52

Jennifer Jones 'best ever' in women's curling

Perfection at Sochi Olympics will be hard to match

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The Jennifer Jones curling rink from Winnipeg accomplished a feat that may never be matched. (Ints Kalnins/Reuters)

As strong as Canada is in this sport, this was the first Olympics that the men's and women's teams both clinched gold.

Jennifer Jones did it in historic fashion. The first women's team to go through undefeated.

Watching Jennifer deliver her final rock to clinch Olympic gold, I was in awe of this team. Their leap on the podium and their tears of joy were wonderful to watch.

I have been lucky enough to play against some of the greats in this sport: Gustafson, Schmirler, and Norberg — but the Jones rink rate as the best ever. Her aggressive play and degree of difficulty on just about every shot she plays truly put her in a league of her own. From the moment they stepped off the plane here in Russia, they were determined not to live in a bubble, instead they wanted to soak it all in.

They did exactly that and took the gold with their win over Sweden.

Jacobs represents future of men's curling

For the men, the Brad Jacobs team from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., is not just Olympic Champions, the rink is the future of men's curling. The last time I said that was in 1992 in Albertville, where curling was a demonstration sport, and a much younger Kevin Martin was representing Canada.

The Jacobs rink has that kind of talent to dominate curling for a long time, much the same way Kevin Martin has.

The Jacobs team tweeted their recipe for golden success. In a nutshell, it's "to play to win, support one another, believe in ourselves and to seize the moment."

They did all that here in Sochi, especially when the pressure was on when they stumbled out of the gate with a 1-2 record.

In their gold medal game, where they simply crushed Great Britain's David Murdoch, they showed how dominant they can be. When this team is firing on all cylinders, they are unstoppable. I have a feeling they will be unstoppable for a very long time and every team is now looking at these young Olympic Champions, wondering how can they close the gap.

Perhaps follow their Olympic gold recipe, which includes staying calm and positive.

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