'Like a day at the spa'

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

Every Monday a Sun staffer gets to know a sports figure a little better in Up Close. This week, Kirk Penton goes into the hack with reigning world women's curling champ Jennifer Jones, who qualified for today's playoff round at the Colonial Square Ladies Classic in Saskatoon.

The Sun: How big is the world championship hangover?

Jones: There isn't one. We have so much fun together. We laugh so much. It's the best time when we're curling. We all have so much fun that it would be hard to stop. Whether you win the world championship or not, we have so much fun. Cathy Overton is likely the funniest person I've ever met, and that keeps us laughing. She's a barrel of fun. One thing people don't know about our team is that we are a bunch of goofballs.

TS: If there's no game to play or practice to attend, what would we find you doing at home on a weekday night?

JJ: My life would be boring, sorry. I'd be working, or I'd be watching really bad TV with my husband.

TS: Bad TV?

JJ: Well, I think it's good TV. Honestly, if we can actually be at home -- our winters are so busy -- I usually try to catch up on work, and then if not I'm just trying to do laundry and be home, so it's quite boring.

TS: How often do people stop and talk to you about "The Shot?"

JJ: Quite often, actually. When it first happened it was at least a few times a day, and now obviously it's not as much. But during the curling season it's at least a few times an event.

TS: You never get sick of it?

JJ: No! I'd watch that every day if we could. It was pretty fun. We'll always be remembered for that shot.

TS: What is the TV show you cannot miss?

JJ: Grey's Anatomy, just like every other woman. I also like So You Think You Can Dance. I like the dancing thing because I think it's amazing what those people can do. I'm not co-ordinated at all. I'm terrible at that.

TS: You have to be somewhat co-ordinated to be a world curling champion, don't you?

JJ: I'm co-ordinated as long as there's no music playing. Actually, we danced after we won the worlds. We were having fun, but I'm not good at it. It's OK. I know it. I'm OK with that.

TS: Does your mind wander during games?

JJ: No. When I'm curling it's 150% focused on curling. That's the best part about curling for me, is that it's an escape from everything else. It's where I'm totally into what I'm doing in that moment, and it's one of the reasons I love it so much. It's very relaxing, no matter how much pressure there is. It's the most relaxing thing in the world. It's like going to the spa for me.

TS: What website do you visit the most?

JJ: Air Canada. I do all the booking.

TS: You're the travel agent for the squad?

JJ: Yep. We all have jobs.

TS: How did you get that job?

JJ: I volunteered. I don't mind doing that one.

TS: So you can get me to wherever I want to go cheap?

JJ: I don't know about cheap, but I can get you there.

TS: Give me a few words to describe your teammates.

JJ: Cathy (Overton) is hilarious, but she's also the best friend anybody could have. She's very thoughtful. Jill (Officer) is very sensitive and loyal -- and loud. Dawn (Askin) is quiet. That's Dawn.

TS: Has she ever said a word?

JJ: Yeah, we had a word today. We marked it down in our book. No, Dawn speaks a lot to us. She's very shy and quiet.

TS: Who would play you in the movies?

JJ: Charlize Theron.

TS: And finally, what do the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have to do in the off-season?

JJ: If they could get Peyton Manning or something. We have one of the better quarterbacks, but Peyton Manning couldn't hurt.


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