Jennifer Jones and Brad Jacobs made it official on Monday morning, as the curling skips and their teams donned their red Canadian Olympic team jackets in front of media and dignitaries at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Canadian Olympic Committee president Marcel Aubut and Sochi chef de mission Steve Podborski were among those present to award the Jones and Jacobs rinks with the official red-and-black team jackets. "I don’t know if I’ll take it off," Jones quipped. "I may sleep with it tonight."
It’s still surreal, the curlers agreed, to be officially anointed as members of the Canadian Olympic team. It’s been a whirlwind for them ever since their wins over the weekend, as they breezed through a steady slate of meetings and events. The Jones team hasn’t even had a chance to really celebrate with their families yet, the skip said – or even each other.
"We didn’t have a chance to exhale yesterday," said Jones, 39, who will make her first Olympic appearance after already being a Canadian and world champion. "We haven’t gotten together as a team and really soaked it all in."
When they get a chance to do that – perhaps this weekend, at an orientation event in Calgary – one of the first things on the slate: hit up YouTube. Jones hasn’t even seen a video of their winning end against Ontario’s Sherry Middaugh yet, she said. "I gotta watch that at least a couple of times," Jones said, with a laugh.