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GOLDEN: Jacobs takes gold in Sochi (photos/video) (updated)

Friday, February 21, 2014   by: Brad Coccimiglio

It’s a golden day for the city of Sault Ste. Marie and, in particular, Brad Jacobs and his curling team from the Soo Curlers Association.

The Jacobs rink scored a 9-3 win in eight ends over Great Britain’s David Murdoch to capture the Gold Medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The Jacobs rink got off to a hot start, scoring a pair in the first end before breaking things open with three more in the third end to take a 5-1 lead at the time. A steal of one in the fourth end helped seal the win.

Team Jacobs finished the event with eight-straight wins after opening with a 1-2 record through the first two days.

“The biggest word that comes to mind right now is relief,” Jacobs told The Canadian Press. “Wearing that Maple Leaf, there’s a lot of expectations.”

Jacobs team includes Ryan Fry (third), E.J. Harnden (second) and Ryan Harnden (lead) along with alternate Caleb Flaxey and coach Tom Coulterman as well as national team coach Rick Lang.

Prior to the gold medal game, Jacobs told Canada.com’s Ed Willis about a conversation with Canadian men’s hockey coach Mike Babcock.

“He said, you’re 1-2, that doesn’t mean anything,” Jacobs told Willis. “It’s how you finish. Just go out there and execute. That’s exactly what we’ve done.”

The city of Sault Ste. Marie was abuzz as Jacobs battled for gold.

Upwards of 2,000 people watched Jacobs play for gold at the Essar Centre while the Soo Curlers Association had a full house on hand to celebrate the Canadian win.

This marks the third straight Olympics that Canada has brought home gold in men’s curling. Kevin Martin took home gold in 2010 in Vancouver while Brad Gushue took gold in 2006 in Torino, Italy.

2014 marks the first time that both Canadian curling teams won gold in the same year as Jennifer Jones beat Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson in the final. In 2010, Cheryl Bernard lost in the gold medal game to Sweden’s Anette Norberg while Shannon Kleibrink took home bronze in 2006.

Jones’ gold was the first gold medal for the Canadian women since Sandra Schmirler won gold in 1998 in Nagano, Japan.

To read SooToday's live blog of the game, click here.

Photo gallery from celebrations at the Essar Centre by Kenneth Armstrong for SooToday.com

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Maple2111 2/21/2014 10:45:26 AM Report

Fantastic
Fantastic
Ski-Dude 2/21/2014 10:45:29 AM Report

Congrats! Proud day for the Soo!
mike-in-the-sault 2/21/2014 10:46:26 AM Report

Congrats Team Jacobs!!
grandmahas2 2/21/2014 10:47:52 AM Report

We are from the Sault and here in Florida. We are so very proud of Team Jacob's
Prrrrrrr 2/21/2014 10:53:58 AM Report

Awesome curling...you guys earned your gold!!!
maplesyrup 2/21/2014 10:54:08 AM Report

Congratulations to the whole team and the support staff. We are so proud of all our athletes and excited to be from the same city. Who is palnning the parade!!!
KickerL7 2/21/2014 10:54:20 AM Report

Congrats boys.... The sault is proud and so is all of canada
IB-fine 2/21/2014 10:54:29 AM Report

Way to go team Jacobs!
So proud and thrilled for you!

I'll even let you hold my torch from the last Olympics where I was a torch bearer in North Bay! (why they put me there and not here I don't know??)
I know how I felt.
I know you guys are 10 feet off the ground compared to my 5 minutes of thrilling contribution!

Congrats, congrats! blew everyone away,
They didn't think that a team from North Ontario could ever win Canada and the Olympics!

Way to prove the nay-sayers totally wrong and give Canada a 3-pete in Gold in Men's Curling!
So proud of all of you and thrilled for your achievements!
frizz 2/21/2014 10:57:01 AM Report

Go Canada! Go Jacobs! Proud to be from Sault Ste. Marie!!!! Congrats
Prrrrrrr 2/21/2014 11:03:54 AM Report

Where are the medals? Do they just get flowers???
FKMC 2/21/2014 11:04:34 AM Report

Bravo!
cjborg 2/21/2014 11:06:10 AM Report

We knew you could do it.. again and again... proud for you and for our home town.... Congrats.....
Gumby54 2/21/2014 11:07:56 AM Report

@Prrrrrrr
Medal ceremony is held in the park by the cauldron at night. Medal presentation and playing of National Anthem. It'll be on CBC for sure.
Prrrrrrr 2/21/2014 11:11:30 AM Report

Oh, I didn't know that, I figured because the ladies hockey got their medal and flowers following their winning game that Team Jacobs would as well...Thank you...we almost had a third world war there, just kidding:)
learningaswego 2/21/2014 11:14:32 AM Report

WAY TO GO, BOYS!!!!!!
jonesur 2/21/2014 11:15:39 AM Report

Gotta say I like the gold medal Sootoday has placed in its' page header
Wicket 2/21/2014 11:16:24 AM Report

Celebrations all over town, Queen St is alive and well, cars and people galore parading already.
So proud!
Tag33&1/3rd 2/21/2014 11:16:41 AM Report

Wow--Very Impressive Match! They pretty well had it won by the 3rd End.
Congrats to the Woman also!

Now come on Men's Hockey Team...Let's go for the "Double-Double!"
(Golds in Curling and Hockey)

That's a true Canadian 'Double-Double'
:)
Batchgirl 2/21/2014 11:20:54 AM Report

You guys are the best - HUGE CONGRATS from stormy Batchawana Bay - so proud of the whole team :D
John8 2/21/2014 11:22:53 AM Report

The student body of Superior Heights Collegiate cheered as loud as they could as we watched on the big screens in our foyer. What a tremendous accomplishment. Congratulations!!
J. Patterson
Department Head of Science
Superior Heights Collegiate
Number One Son 2/21/2014 11:54:43 AM Report

Lets not forget the hours of teaching and coaching their longtime mentor Tom Coulterman has put in. Also Eric and Al Harnden paved the way for them, and they would never have even gotten into curling had their dad and uncle not been there. There is pride all over the Harnden, Jacobs, and Coulterman families, ..... well done everyone!
Tills 2/21/2014 1:52:32 PM Report

I for one watch and follow none of these sports... But darned if I cannot get rid of the goosebumps! Home town pride for sure. Way to go!
grandmahas2 2/21/2014 2:01:48 PM Report

Maybe we can host the Brier again to show off our home town talent. What pride for our CITY and all of CANADA way to go TEAM JACOBS.
BearCubs 2/21/2014 2:34:19 PM Report

just goes to show you.... you don't need to be a phenomenal athlete to win a gold medal at todays Olympics.... good job tho guys 8o)
soowat 2/21/2014 3:14:36 PM Report

Has any other Saulite ever won an Olympic Gold Medal in anything?
frizz 2/21/2014 3:30:33 PM Report

Kevin Scott won gold speed skating at the worlds in 90's!
guard1 2/21/2014 3:33:33 PM Report

Bearcubs, in all due respect I must disagree with you. Jacobs and his team members are phenominal athletes both physically and mentally otherwise they would of not have won gold. Congratulations to team Jacobs.

Ski-Dude 2/21/2014 3:58:20 PM Report

Kevin won gold?
proud mom 2/21/2014 3:58:25 PM Report

Such a wonderful day. Congrats to Team Jacobs!!!! So so so proud ;)
Ski-Dude 2/21/2014 3:59:26 PM Report

Worlds yes....Olympics no
proud mom 2/21/2014 3:59:39 PM Report

guard1..you are so right!!
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