Jones trades broom for blog
By JIM BENDER, QMI Agency
Jennifer Jones is going to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver after all.
But the Manitoba skip will be going as a crack reporter, not a competitive curler.
Jones failed to earn a trip to this year's Olympics at the Canadian Curling Trials in Edmonton but received an unexpected request while still there.
"I'm going to the Olympics," Jones told The Sun after practising at the MTS Centre before yesterday's Grand Slam final. "I got a call from Yahoo.com and I'm going to be reporting there ... I'll be blogging and doing video updates and stuff.
"I'll be the curling analyst and I'm really excited to go because I'll see what you guys do on the media bench. Part of it is a challenge because I'm going as a totally unbiased third party so, it'll be interesting to see how that feels."
But the job will not be worth big bucks.
"It's just an experience and I think, an experience of a lifetime, and I'm really excited," she said.
But first, Jones and her St. Vital squad will attempt to win their third consecutive Canadian crown --which would be a Manitoba record -- at the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts that starts in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., this Saturday.