REGINA - Jon Mead thought about the question, started to answer it and then bowed his head.
"Sorry guys," he said, pausing for a moment.
When he looked up, the tears that had welled in his eyes began to trickle down his cheeks. Asked who would be supporting him in the crowd during Sunday's world final, Mead's emotions spilled over.
"My mom (Penny) died two years ago, and she would've loved this," he said. "We were all from Regina. She moved here from England when she was a kid."
Mead's mom didn't just support him in his curling endeavours. She was much more important to him than that.
"She is the reason that I think I'm a pretty good person," he said. "Everybody knew my mum, just the nicest lady ever. I know she's watching down and enjoying this. It would be fun to have her here."
A big reason why Mead returned to the Stoughton team this season after four years away was because his eight-year-old daughter Sophie is into curling and wanted to see her dad on the big stage.
"We really want to win this, more than probably any curling event that I've ever been in," Mead said. "It won't change my life, but it'd be nice for my kids to say their dad's a world champion. That's a big motivator for me."
All four Winnipeggers will have numerous family and friends at Brandt Centre on Sunday, the benefit of playing for a world title in the province next door.
"It's unbelievable. It's awesome," second Reid Carruthers said of the support. "I've been getting tons of texts and lots of support from everyone back home. So it's been fantastic."
FOCUS: Team Canada is trying to treat the worlds like any old curling event they would compete in during the winter.
Their wives and kids stayed with them at the team hotel last weekend, but for the past few days they're staying at another Regina hotel so the players can try to keep a regular routine.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU: Jon Mead will turn 44 years old on Sunday, so it's obvious what he wants for his birthday.
Or is it?
"I want a washer and dryer. My wife thinks that's me just trying to appease her, but it's true," he said.
"To win it on my birthday, sure, it's a neat little story line, but hopefully I've got a couple more birthdays. So this one's about curling. I'll think about my birthday when it's all done."