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Soo Curlers celebrate Team Jacobs victory (8 photos)

Sunday, December 08, 2013   by: Darren Taylor

An ecstatic audience of approximately 50 local curling fans, gathered at the Soo Curlers Association lounge Sunday evening, watched the action on television and celebrated as Sault Ste. Marie’s own Team Jacobs defeated the John Morris rink 7-4 at the Roar of the Rings final game in Winnipeg.

Skip Brad Jacobs, Third Ryan Fry, Second E.J. Harnden and Lead Ryan Harnden will now go on to represent Canada in men’s curling at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.     

After the victory, 2014 Ontario Scotties Organizing Committee Chair Eric Kirby told SooToday.com: “You cannot believe the respect and admiration we have for this team.”

“This is so incredible.”

“They’re living a dream, and we’re living it with them,” Kirby said.

“What an incredible Christmas present for Sault Ste. Marie.”

Immediately after the game ended, and knowing Jacobs and his team well, Kirby said: “They’re excited and thinking about (the support they have received from) their families now, for sure.”

As a very pleased and proud senior curler, Bob Valade said: “It’s been a great year with winning the Brier, being at the world championships (where Team Jacobs won silver), what a fantastic year these kids have had.”

Sault Ste. Marie Ward Two City Councillor Terry Sheehan said: “It’s absolutely amazing, the Jacobs rink has once again put Sault Ste. Marie on the map, across Canada and once again they’ll be representing us across the world.”

“They’ve created such pride in this community,” Sheehan said, and observed young people gathered at Soo Curlers Sunday “are just in awe.”

“I’ve curled a little bit in the past and I know how difficult a game it is, and to win at this level is mind-blowing.”

Sheehan said: “Anything we can do as a community to help Team Jacobs prepare for the Olympics, we should do, like in the past with Go Team Jacobs signs and throw all the energy and support behind them that we can, not only here in Sault Ste. Marie but all across Canada, and encourage them to bring gold home to the country and Sault Ste. Marie.”

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Meow 12/8/2013 9:05:42 PM Report

WOW!!! What an accomplishment!!!! My heart is so full of pride!!! (And they are so good looking!!!)

proud mom 12/8/2013 10:11:44 PM Report

Awesome!!! Congrats to the Jacobs rink...so proud. :) Looking forward to Sochi!!
Number One Son 12/8/2013 10:44:44 PM Report

If you are going to start reporting on these guys for a while, you better get some spelling lessons. It is actually "Soo Curlers" not "Sault Curlers".

Maybe send a real curler to do the reporting next time.
klm 12/8/2013 11:34:27 PM Report

Hey number one...really...really...looks like no one else took the time to got out and talk to locals. really???? where was MCTV? Where you from Suds bury?
rtcs4 12/9/2013 11:56:49 AM Report

really number one son ?? is that all you have time for is to correct ones writing. No one really cares. The story should be celebrated not picked apart.
you should really find a hobby lol
Number One Son 12/9/2013 12:06:58 PM Report

Soo Curlers Association has a long and storied history. This proud moment should not be lost in the archives of Google because some reporter doesn't know his curling. I am happy to see at least SooToday respects this and has changed the title.
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