Brad Jacobs and his team take a victory lap after clinching an Olympic berth Sunday afternoon (CP Images)
Brad Jacobs will curl for Canada at the Winter Olympic games in Sochi. It wasn't even close. Coming into the tournament, Jacobs was among those top six skips that had a reasonable shot to win the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings and the chance to represent Canada. With his powerful front end, his ability to avoid tactical mistakes and overall shot-making helped him not only beat John Morris in the gold medal game Sunday afternoon in Winnipeg, but also complete his sweep of the tournament field.
What's more incredible is that Jacobs, and his team of Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden, become the first team to complete the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials without dropping a single game. He went 7-0 in the round robin, clinching his spot in the final Thursday night with a final shot victory over 2010 gold medalist Kevin Martin. Despite a full day off the ice Saturday, while Morris got to play his own game against Martin, Jacobs had no trouble reading the ice Sunday. He jumped up to a 2-0 lead and cruised to the victory, making a big shot in the 9th end to spill two Morris rocks and effectively punch his ticket to Russia.
Morris called a very good game against Jacobs, but put his last rock of the decisive 9th end in a spot where he was sure Jacobs wouldn't attempt a double takeout. "He won't try for the double if we put it here," he had yelled across the sheet at Jim Cotter, the former skip of the team, throwing the fourth stones. Though Cotter's rock came to rest perfectly where they wanted it, the double is Jacobs' speciality, and they've missed few (if any) all week. Jacobs not only did he make the takeout, but he had two rocks in the rings as well, giving him a 7-4 lead into the final end. From there, it was a matter of running Morris out of rocks.
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