The past year was considered a breakout for the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., team skipped by Brad Jacobs, first winning the Brier, then a silver medal at the World Championships before romping to victory at the Olympic trials. Now, Jacobs, 28, looks to win Canada’s third straight Olympic gold.
“We have a special team right now,” Jacobs told The Associated Press in January, “and we really feel we are just getting started.”
Ryan Fry (third), and brothers E.J. (second) and Ryan Harnden (lead) round out the team that also includes Caleb Flaxey (alternate). They posted an amazing 8-0 record at the Olympic trials in December.
“Brad Jacobs might be the hottest curler in the world,” assessed Russ Howard, a two-time world champion, adding, “To go through the Olympic trials 8-0, that’s a pretty tough bonspiel.”
Sweden, which won the 2013 World Championship, should also be contending for gold in Sochi.