Brad Jacobs is headed for Sochi after defeating John Morris 7-4 at curling trials. Jacobs says winning silver at the World Men's Curling Championship has made the curlers familiar with their Olympic opponents, and they're going for gold.
It was fitting that Brad Jacobs sealed his right to represent Canada at the Olympics with one more big-weight double Sunday afternoon, and he never even considered a less risky shot."You're throwing that double to win the game," he said after beating John Morris 7-4.He said his third, Ryan Fry, told him it was coming."Fry said it to me, 'You're going to have a double either way here and we're playing it.' So my mind was already wrapped around some big weight shot before I even threw it."Jacob joins Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones, who defeated Sherry Middaugh 8-4 Saturday night to win the women's slot, the one prize that has eluded her in a championship-filled career.Jacobs went into the game as the favourite, after earning his final spot by sweeping the round robin seven straight with a hard-hitting, muscular, fist-pumping brand of curling that delighted the crowd.It's also clean and near perfect when it counts."That's our style," he said.With no hometown heroes left to root for Sunday at Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings (Jeff Stoughton and Mike McEwen were knocked out before the semifinals), the crowd switched it's allegiance to the Jacobs rink.It doesn't hurt that Winnipeg-born Ryan Fry — the son of Manitoba curling legend and Brier winner Barry Fry — now plays third. E.J. Harnden is at second and brother Ryan Harnden at lead for the rink based out of Sault Ste Marie, Ont.Just like Jones, Fry said it was especially sweet winning in his home town."It hasn't even sunk in yet," he said right after the win."It's just an honour to be able to play in front of my home town and my friends and family and for us to be able to pull this out. We had a great week."Morris was also born in Winnipeg and is the son of curler and curling coach Earle Morris, although he grew up in Ontario and has spent most of his curling life there or Alberta.From 2006 to early this year he was Kevin Martin's third and part of the 2010 gold medal winning team in Vancouver. He came from behind to beat Martin in the semifinal to earn the right to play Jacobs.Morris signed on to skip Jim Cotter's B.C. rink this year with Cotter moving to third but throwing fourth, Tyrel Griffith at second and Rick Sawatzky at lead.