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IT Looks as if Canadian curling is about to welcome a potential future champion — it’ll just have to wait until, oh, 2042 or so.
On Wednesday, gold-medal-winning skip Jennifer Jones announced she and husband Brent Laing are expecting their second child, a younger sibling for three-year-old daughter Isabella. Jones shared the news via Twitter.
"Our little angel is going to be a big sister!" she tweeted, and added the hashtag #havingababy. "(Brent) and I are so excited for the newest member of the family to arrive."
That makes a bit of a baby boom around the Jones rink in recent years. The newest addition will join a growing family that includes lead Dawn McEwen’s infant daughter Vienna and second Jill Officer’s four-year-old daughter Camryn.
The news comes days after Laing won his third Brier championship, playing second for Kevin Koe. Jones earned bronze at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts last month, after an upset semifinal loss cut short her bid for a record-tying sixth Canadian title.
Though it’s obviously too early to tell, it’s no joke to say any child of Jones and Laing could be a future star.
A quick look at history suggests the odds are pretty good, overall: most every elite curling field these days is studded with the offspring of former greats.
In fact, the second all-star team at the 2016 Scotties, which was selected entirely by shotmaking percentage, famously featured four daughters of 1993 Brier competitors: skip Chelsea Carey (Dan Carey), third Ashley Howard (Russ Howard), second Liz Fyfe (Vic Peters) and lead Sarah Potts (Rick Lang).