Jones hopes to cap career with Oly berth

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:06 AM ET

Every week, a Sun staffer gets to know a local sports figure a little better in Up Close. Today, curling reporter Jim Bender sits down with reigning Canadian women's curling champion Jennifer Jones before she heads to Edmonton for the Canadian Curling Trials and a crack at going to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

SUN: You were the first to qualify for the trials, has it seemed like a long time coming?

JONES: Yeah, it's been a bit of a long wait but an exciting wait. We've had a lot of fun things to play in in-between and really gear up and get ready for the trials. Hopefully, we've done all the right things but, if not, we've sure had a ton of fun.

SUN: What would it mean to you to get to the Olympics?

JJ: It would be amazing and it would be a dream-come-true, a moment of a lifetime. But you can't control that and if things don't happen, we've still had so many amazing experiences along the way and those can never be taken away. This would just be the icing on the cake. It would be unbelievable and something that we've been working pretty hard for. To experience the Olympics would be amazing but to do it on home soil would be life-altering in a way. I don't think you can really put it into words ... Hopefully, it's us and if not, we'll be cheering for whomever it is.

SUN: Of all the success you've had in curling, what sticks out in your mind the most?

JJ: Probably the big team moments that we were part of. Probably the shot in 2005 (in-off to win her first Canadian championship), the freeze against Japan in the semifinal in the (2008) world championship. Our team came together in those moments and I can't really describe it. But standing in the stadium at the (2008) world championship and saying that we are three-time Canadian champions is pretty cool. But also, one of the things that I enjoy the most is all the people that you don't know who support you and cheer for you. These kids who send you letters saying that you're their role model. Who in the world gets to be a role model? That's crazy.

SUN: Who was your role model?

JJ: My Mom. She's amazing.

SUN: How long are you going to keep doing this?

JJ: I don't know. I always said I'd stop when I didn't feel like we could get any better and I still feel like we're getting better. But it's been a long year and a long three years and I'm sure we'll all get together as a team after this and figure out what everybody wants to do. But I love curling. I love the smell of the ice. I love the feeling I have when I'm out there and I would have a hard time saying goodbye.

SUN: Off the ice and away from curling, what are your most special moments?

JJ: My wedding and exploring the world with my husband, Scotty.

SUN: Do you want to have kids?

JJ: Yeah, but it just hasn't happened. But hopefully, one day it will. I'd love to have kids.

SUN: What is your favourite movie?

JJ: Anything with a happy ending. I really liked Good Will Hunting and any sort of romantic comedy.

SUN: What's your favourite meal?

JJ: Pizza's probably my favourite, or anything my Mom makes. There's nothing better than home cooking from my Mom.

SUN: Favourite actor?

JJ: I don't have one. Anybody who plays a nice guy in a movie with a happy ending ... I do like Matthew McCon-aughey, he usually plays a nice guy.

SUN: You're still up at midnight, what are you watching on TV?

JJ: Probably something I taped because I'm never home when the shows are on. Maybe Grey's Anatomy.

SUN: Favourite holiday spot?

JJ: I love experiencing different places in the world so I don't have a favourite place because I like to move around. I love the mountains, love Europe. Italy has probably been my favourite so far.

jim.bender@sunmedia.ca


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