Title helps put Olympic trials to bed

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. -- Winning her third straight Canadian crown took some of the sting out of that nightmare in Edmonton.

Team Canada's Jennifer Jones, who turned in a poor performance at the Canadian Curling Trials in December, rebounded to win her fourth overall and third straight title when her squad nipped P.E.I.'s Kathy O'Rourke 8-7 in an extra end at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts yesterday.

"Oh absolutely," Jones admitted. "I mean, we were disappointed we didn't get to the Olympics, don't get me wrong. And we would have been disappointed if we lost the final here. I still remember we were disappointed when we lost the final in '06. This is something we were looking forward to all year. We wanted to win again and we're pretty happy about that."

Jones finished 2-5 at the trials. But the best bounce back from those sort of results.

"We were obviously disappointed in the trials but after Christmas, we were just like, 'OK, we're better than that. It was one event,'" said second Jill Officer. "Unfortunately, it was a big one but we knew we'd be able to come back and play our game. So I think that three in a row is kind of big. I'm just kind of beside myself that we were able to do it."

Jones will represent Canada at the women's world championship in Swift Current, Sask., next month. She won the last time the worlds were in Canada -- in Vernon, B.C. in 2008.

"I can't wait to get to Swift Current," said Jones, 35. "To represent your country at the worlds never gets old and we're pretty happy to represent Canada in Canada."


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