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The Canadian Women’s Curling team’s Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen.

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While some other elite curling teams are reshuffling the decks, Team Jennifer Jones will stay together and hunt to put another Olympic gold around their necks.

On Tuesday, the rink of Jones, third Kaitlyn Lawes, second Jill Officer and lead Dawn McEwen announced they will stay together for four more years, and work toward becoming the first Canadian team to repeat as Olympic gold medalists in 2018.

The team is wrapping its 2013-14 season this week at the Grand Slam Players’ Championships in Summerside, P.E.I.

"We are excited to officially announce that our team is fully committed to staying together and working hard to get another chance to represent Canada at the Olympics," Jones said in a statement. "We truly enjoy playing together, and we share the same goals and commitment. And now that we’ve been to a Winter Olympics, the desire to get to another one will make us work even harder for the next four years."

Janet Arnott will not return to coach the team, as she takes a step back from competitive coaching. The team did not announce a new coach on Tuesday.

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