Brad Jacobs rink plans on keeping house party going

Canada's Brad Jacobs (left to right), Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden and Caleb Flaxey...

Canada's Brad Jacobs (left to right), Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden and Caleb Flaxey celebrate during the medal ceremony for men's curling at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Feb. 22, 2014. (ERIC GAILLARD/Reuters)

Ted Wyman, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:57 PM ET

SOCHI, RUSSIA - A year ago, it was one of those teams that had sniffed around for a long time but had never quite reached its full potential.

Only the hardcore curling fans really knew of Brad Jacobs and his teammates from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Sure they played in Briers, but never had much success representing Northern Ontario.

It all changed last March.

Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden, finally broke through, beating Jeff Stoughton handily in the Brier final in Edmonton.

They went on to a silver medal at the world championship in Victoria and then swept through the Canadian Olympic Trials in Winnipeg.

Now they're Olympic champions.

"I really never saw in my wildest dreams that this would happen so quickly," Jacobs said Saturday.

"You always hope you can win a Brier or an Olympic Trials or a gold medal but you never know if anything is going to happen. You just hope.

"It's crazy how far this team has come, how much we've grown together as a team and as individuals. I'm very proud of what we've accomplished to this point."

Jacobs and his teammates don't seem satisfied with their accomplishments in this amazing year.

"We want to keep building. We want to keep winning, play at the top of the sport for as long as possible. We've reached the pinnacle now but we're not happy. We want to keep going."

So can they win another medal?

"Yeah, I think so," Jacobs said.

"We plan on staying together for at least another Olympic run, until 2018 at least. We just want to keep building, keep growing and stick together and hopefully we'll see you all here in four years."

ted.wyman@sunmedia.ca


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