REGINA — Jon Mead did it for his girls.
The Canadian third wrote ‘4MG’ on his broom to remind himself he was trying to win his first world curling title for his girls: his wife Eileen, his two daughters and his mom Penny, who died suddenly two years ago.
“I looked at it every time I got tight,” said an emotional Mead, who called it the hardest game of his life. “That one was for mom. She would’ve loved it.”
As soon as Canada secured its 6-5 win over Scotland, Mead raced to the other end of the rink to hug his wife and daughters. Then he made a beeline across the arena to bear hug his brother, Andy, in the front row.
“I was fighting the emotions in the eighth and ninth end when we got control and actually started thinking: If you don’t blow your brains out you win this thing ... I thought I would have to leave the surface for a while and get some composure.”
Mead kept everything under control and curled a brilliant 91% in the final, making his return to the team after four years away well worth it. “I feel just really satisfied,” he said.
Lead Steve Gould, who has been close with Mead since they were kids, started to get emotional about his third as well, so he decided to chuckle instead.
“I can’t even call him the quitter anymore,” Gould cracked. “I gotta call him world champion now.”
NOW WHAT?: Stoughton put his team together this year with the intention of winning a world title.
Now that he’s checked that off his list, everyone is wondering if he’ll keep it together for a run at the Olympics, when he’ll be 50 years old. They will defend their crown next year, but after that is up in the air.
“At the end of April we’ll discuss if it’s going to be three years or a year or two,” Stoughton said.
The team will be back in Winnipeg for two days before heading to Grande Prairie, Alta., for the World Curling Tour’s season-ending Players’ Championship.
BITERS: Sweden’s Niklas Edin won the bronze medal on Sunday afternoon, beating Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud 7-6 … 99,445 people attended the 23 draws at Brandt Centre, and organizers expect to turn a healthy profit … The green Team Canada jackets that Stoughton and Co. wore Tuesday for Green Day raised $17,000 for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation through a Sunday auction.