Quick Hits with Jenn Hanna

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:32 AM ET

The Facts

- Age: 25

- Birthplace: Ottawa

Q.H.: What was the reception like at your (personal services, government) office this week, after you came a stone's throw from being the first Ottawa rink to win the Scott Tournament of Hearts?

J.H.: Awesome. Really cool. I expected a little fanfare and hoopla, nothing huge. But when I get there, my desk is all decorated, and they've made a big poster, and everyone has signed it, and there are tons of e-mails in my inbox from people working in the House of Commons that I've never met before ... when we played the three games on Friday, and two of them were on TV, I guess there was a little break at work because they were watching on TV and cheering along. I think we made a few fans out of the people at work.

Q.H.: When was the last time you cried?

J.H.: On Monday, when I came back, seeing everyone at the airport. I think there was about 100 people there. That was the most touching thing for me. So many people have supported us, have been there for us, no matter what ... I'm an emotional person. When (the tournament) was over, I was just so proud and so happy at how well we did. I mean, it's not like I missed my last shot and we lost. It's not like we didn't play well and I was disappointed. We played very well. We got beat on a shot that will probably be known forever as one of the greatest shots to win a championship.

Q.H.: When was the time a movie or TV show made you cry?

J.H.: I cry at commercials all the time. It's disgusting. Probably, yesterday? I cry at sad movies. I cry over reruns of Friends episodes.

Q.H.: You told CBC you were going to play "balls-out aggressive" after the break in the semi-final. Where did that come from and how much ribbing have you taken over it?

J.H.: No ribbing. People loved it. I can't believe I said it, first of all ... it's just an expression I use every once in awhile, when we talk about how we're going to turn the switch during the game and really going at it for big points ... when Scott Russell interviewed me live, that was on the tip of my tongue. I paused, and I tried to think fast of something that meant the same, but nothing was coming, so I just opened my mouth and said it. When the camera was turned off, I looked at Scott and said, "Oh my God, can I say that on TV?" And he goes, "Well, you just did." And he gave me a high-five.

Q.H.: You're leaving for a vacation in Cuba (today). What are you looking forward to the most about the trip?

J.H.: The sun, the sand, the ocean, everything non-curling related, non-winter related. I love curling, but I really need a break.

Q.H.: What's your current relationship status?

J.H.: Long term, we've been together four years. His name is Brian. He's from London, and he's now working here, for the government as well.

Q.H.: Who do you live with?

J.H.: My parents, and my sister Stephanie.

Q.H.: Who does the sweeping?

J.H.: (Laughing) Not me.

Q.H.: What's your usual pre-game meal?

J.H.: Depends on how nervous I am. It could be anything from nothing, to pasta ... I just can't eat greasy foods before I curl. My stomach's pretty sensitive. There was the big joke, during provincials, when we weren't doing so well at the start of the week, we started to go out for poutine, then we got on a winning streak, so we thought it was the meal of champions. The girls will like that one.

Q.H.: What did you like best about your first trip to Newfoundland?

J.H.: The people. For sure, for sure. Probably the friendliest people I ever met in my life. Once their team was out of the competition, they adopted us. We got hugs and high-fives everywhere we went.

Q.H.: There would have been some pretty serious partying going on there, I imagine. Did the participants get into it?

J.H.: There was a Scott Idol contest, like the Canadian Idol. And one of the curlers from the Northwest Territories, Monique Gagnier, she won it. That was pretty fun. My sister entered, as a joke, and made the finals, because we all cheered loud enough. She's not a very good singer. She would not go up on stage for the finals. The Heart Stop lounge was packed every single night, and we went most nights, even our pre-game day/night on Friday. We had a good time.

Q.H.: What's your drink of choice?

Q.H.: Rum and diet coke.

Q.H.: What does your favourite night out include?

Q.H.: I like going out for seafood dinner, and I like going to pubs. Places where you can sit down, have a drink and talk to friends.

Q.H.: Here's a chance to plug your favourite place.

Q.H.: I haven't been out in a while, but Whiskeys in the Market would be one of them.

Q.H.: How good of a curler do you think you can be?

Q.H.: I think as good as I want to be. I really believe you get out of something what you put into it. I think if you work hard enough, for what you want long enough, good things will happen. This time it wasn't meant to be for us, but I don't think that necessarily means that it will never happen for us. I think at some point, it will be our time.

don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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