Colleen getting long in tooth?

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:06 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- Colleen Jones had just lost the Scott Tournament of Hearts semifinal when the living legend paraphrased Shakespeare.

"At this age, you kind of look and go, 'To curl or not to curl, that is the question,'" said the Nova Scotia skip.

At 46, the six-time national champ is contemplating her future.

"A gal does get worn down," said Jones, who had been covering the Olympics in Italy for CBC just before the Scott started. "I felt good going into the game but there's no question that the pressure takes its toll after awhile, knowing that you've always got to perform, you've always got to make the shot. I've been making shots for a long time but sometimes, they're just not quite there.

"It could be kind of realizing that time is running out for us. So sometimes, you try too hard and realize that we don't have a lot of years and others are at the start of their careers. When you're here, maybe you over-try"

Jones plans to discuss that future with third Kim Kelly, second Mary-Anne Arsenault and Nancy Delahunt before deciding.

"I'm proud of what we did this week because a lot of people probably had us written off as dead after the Olympic trials," said Jones, who failed to make the playoffs at the Canadian Curling Trials. "So, we came back and came third in Canada and that's still a pretty good accomplishment for a team. So, do ya build on it? Or do ya say, 'No, if we didn't win, we're just not good enough?'

"At the end of the week, you're tired and it's so easy to say, 'Uncle.' Then, when the fall comes around, you're just kind of itching to get going. If we had come and not made playoffs, the decision would have been really cut and dried."

Jones won her first Scott in 1982 and was hoping to win her seventh at the Scott's 25th anniversary.

"We don't want to hang around until we're in the situation where we're just hanging in there and not competing any more," she said. "We want to be remembered as a really great, strong, competitive team. So, you don't want to hang on past your prime. But third is still prime-ish in my books."


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