Team Manitoba skip Jennifer Jones yells instructions to her sweepers as her team competes in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Kingston at the K-Rock Centre on Saturday February 16 2013. (DANIELLE VANDENBRINK/QMI Agency)
She’s already a living legend, but just where does Jennifer Jones place on the list of all-time women’s skips?
In Canada, I say No. 2. In the world? No. 3.
TSN’s Cathy Gauthier played for both Jones and Connie Laliberte, and against Sandra Schmirler, Colleen Jones, Elizabet Gustafson and Anette Norberg.
“Jennifer has the flash and Colleen used to bore people to death, but intimidate them,” Gauthier said. “But what separates Sandra is that she adapted to the free-guard zone rule and forced people to play with more rocks, a mark of a great skip. And Sandra was forced to leave or who knows how much more she could have done?”
Not only did Schmirler win three world championships in three tries, she was the first to win the 1997 Olympic trials — thanks to the first “shot heard around the world” — and followed that up by winning Canada’s only women’s Olympic gold medal to date before cancer took her away.