Brad Jacobs strikes gold in Olympic men's curling
Sault Ste. Marie rink earns Canada's 3rd straight gold in event
Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.-rink gave Canada its golden three-peat in Olympic men’s curling.
The team of Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden beat Great Britain's David Murdoch 9-3 on Friday in the men’s gold medal final.
"It’s a dream come true, there's no words to describe it," Jacobs told CBC. "I'm so proud of the guys. Earlier in the week we had some adversity [and] we overcame it, we're a really resilient bunch."
It marks the third time in as many Winter Games that Canadians have climbed onto the top spot on the men's podium. It's also the first Olympics that Canada claimed gold in both men’s and women’s events after Jennifer Jones's victory on Thursday.
The Jacobs rink never trailed in the match at Sochi's Ice Cube Curling Center, putting up a double in the first end and a triple in the third to stake an early 5-1 lead.
It wasn't that easy for the Canadians all tournament - they sported a 1-2 record after their first three draws, but the team's third said their confidence never wavered.
"As funny as it sounds it’s kind of comfortable for us," Fry said. "Up until the [Canadian Olympic] trials in December, we've done everything the hard way. Our team is decent at bringing good games into the mix when it counts."
Canadians jump on British mistakes
Murdoch conceded defeat after the eighth end, but Jacobs had Great Britain on the ropes from the first rocks.
With the Canadians lying three and holding the hammer, a brilliant final shot from the British skip limited Jacobs to a pair and the early 2-0 lead.
Murdoch was held to a single in the second end before Canada capitalized on a pair of key mistakes to take a 5-1 lead after the third.
A botched double take out by British third Greg Drummond left the Canadians lying five before Drummond partially cleaned up his mess, knocking three Canadian stones out of the house.
Murdoch's final rock in the third was another failed attempt at a double, clipping one of his own stones and leaving Jacobs an open draw for three.
Close, but not close enough
It didn't get any better for Murdoch when he got the hammer back in the fourth. A measurement confirmed a steal of one for Jacobs, extending the Canadian lead to five.
After holding Great Britain to a lone point in the fifth, Jacobs added another pair in the sixth for an 8-2 lead.
Murdoch was poised to score a pair in the seventh, but his final shot rolled out of the house, giving him the lone point.
Murdoch conceded after Jacobs added a final Canadian point in the eighth.
"I know the [British] are here, but sorry boys, curling is our sport and it's staying in Canada," E.J. Harnden said. "We are so happy and proud to wear the Maple Leaf, to represent our amazing country and dominate in the sport that is ours."