Curling

Justin Piercy - Wednesday Feb. 19, 2014 15:55 ET

Jennifer Jones aiming for perfect, golden end in women's curling

Winnipeg rink has shot at country's 1st women's Olympic curling gold since 1998

Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones has a chance to become the first Canadian skip to win gold in women's curling since 1998. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Ten down, one to go for Jennifer Jones.

Margaretha Sigfridsson's Swedish rink is the last obstacle in the Canadian skip's quest for Olympic curling gold when the two teams meet  on Thursday in Sochi (CBC, cbc.ca/olympics, 8:30 a.m. ET).

Jones and her Winnipeg rink emerged from the nine-game round-robin without a loss, the first time in Olympic history that has happened.

The team of Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen continued their roll by knocking off Great Britain's Eve Muirhead in their semifinal matchup on Tuesday by a score of 6-4.

Now they're looking to become the first women's team to go undefeated through an entire Olympic curling tournament, ending Canada's gold medal drought in the process.

Since the late Sandra Schmirler won gold in Nagano in 1998, the heavily-favoured Canadians have all come up short in the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Turin, and Vancouver.

In 2002, Kelley Law of Burnaby. B.C. won bronze, followed by a third-place finish from Shannon Kleibrink's Calgary rink in 2006.

Jones is only the second skip to make it to the gold-medal final since 1998, and she will try and avoid the same fate suffered by Cheryl Bernard in 2010.

The Calgary skip seemed to have a gold medal sewn up before misses with the hammer in the 10th and 11th ends awarded the top spot on the podium to Sweden's Anette Nordberg.

"Cheryl's team played so well last time and did Canada proud, and all I can ask is that we put it all on the ice and we have a shot at the win," Jones said.

Jones defeated Sigfridsson 9-3 in the round-robin tournament, only one of two losses suffered by Sweden in Sochi.

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