Curling

Jon Massie - Sunday Feb. 23, 2014 13:31 ET

Canadian curlers assert dominance in Sochi

Men's and women's rinks strike double gold

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    Women's cross-country mass start: (L-R) Marit Bjoergen of Norway, Therese Johaug of Norway, Kristin Stoermer Steira of Norway. (Vianney Thibaut/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

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  • Men's 50 km freestyle
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    Men's 50 km freestyle: Russia's Alexander Legkov (centre) celebrates on the podium as Russia's Maxim Vyleghzanin (left) and Russia's Ilia Chernousov applaud. (Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Women's cross-country relay: (L-R) Team Finland, Team Sweden and Team Germany. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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    Women's cross-country skiing individual sprint: (L-R) Norway's Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg, Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla and Slovenia's Vesna Fabjan. (Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Women's cross-country skiing 15 km skiathlon: (L-R) Sweden's Charlotte Kalla, Norway's Marit Bjoergen and Norway's Heidi Weng. (Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Women's 10 km classic
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    Women's cross-country 10 km classic: (L-R) Charlotte Kalla of Sweden, Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland and Therese Johaug of Norway. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    Men's cross-country individual sprint: (L-R) Sweden's Teodor Peterson, Norway's Ola Vigen Hattestad and Sweden's Emil Joensson.(Antonin Thuillier/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Men's cross-country relay
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    Men's cross-country relay: (L-R) Team Team Sweden and Team France. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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    Men's cross-country 30 km skiathlon: (L-R) Marcus Hellner of Sweden, Dario Cologna of Switzerland and Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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    Men's cross-country 15 km classic: (L-R) Johan Olsson of Sweden, Dario Cologna of Switzerland and Daniel Richardsson of Sweden. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    Women's cross-country skiing team sprint: (L-R) Finland's Aino-Kaisa Saarinen and Kerttu Niskanen, Norway's Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and Marit Bjoergen, and Sweden's Ida Ingemarsdotter and Stina Nilsson. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Men's cross-country team sprint: (L-R) Maxim Vylegzhanin and Nikita Kriukov of Russia, Iivo Niskanen and Sami Jauhojaervi of Finland, and Teodor Peterson and Emil Joensson of Sweden. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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  • Women's cross-country mass start
  • Men's 50 km freestyle
  • Women's 4x5 km relay
  • Women's cross-country skiing individual sprint
  • Women's cross-country skiing 15 km skiathlon
  • Women's 10 km classic
  • Men's cross-country individual sprint
  • Men's cross-country relay
  • Men's cross-country 30 km skiathlon
  • Men's cross-country 15 km classic
  • Women's cross-country skiing team sprint
  • Men's cross-country team sprint

Jennifer Jones proved in Sochi that female curlers can do anything the male curlers can – including running the table at the Winter Olympics.

Jones and the rest of her squad, which featured third Kaitlyn Lawes, second Jill Officer and lead Dawn McEwen, finished the competition with an 11-0 record, including a 6-3 win over Sweden in the gold-medal game.  

The perfect run by the Winnipeg quartet equalled the record posted by Canadian skip Kevin Martin at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

The gold-medal win by Jones marked the second time Canadian women have captured Olympic curling gold, after Sandra Schmirler's rink finished first in Nagano in 1998.

Not to be outdone, Brad Jacobs's rink hammered Great Britain 9-3 in the men's final a day later to complete the double curling gold for Canada. The team of Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., finished the event with a record of 9-2.

The victory by Jacobs marked the first time Canada's men's and women's curling teams captured gold at the same Olympics.

Sweden defeated China 6-4 in the men's bronze medal game, while Great Britain rebounded to beat Switzerland 6-5 to take the bronze on the women's side.

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