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'Your home town could not be any prouder'

Friday, February 21, 2014   by: Staff




Team Jacobs wins gold at Winter Olympics

SAULT STE. MARIE - Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie rink will leave Sochi, Russia with an Olympic gold medal in men’s curling.

With a 9-3 win over Great Britain’s David Murdoch, Team Canada captured the gold medal for a first place finish at the Olympic Games.

“Congratulations to Team Jacobs on being gold medalists in Sochi. It was an honour watching our young men realize their dream and bring home the gold. Their hard work and determination has truly paid off. They have represented themselves, Sault Ste. Marie and Canada in an exemplary manner. What a proud moment,” says Mayor Debbie Amaroso.

Team Jacobs includes: skip Brad Jacobs, vice Ryan Fry, second E.J. Harnden, lead Ryan Harnden, alternate Caleb Flaxey and coach Tom Coulterman.

City of Sault Ste. Marie CAO Joe Fratesi is extremely pleased with the performance of Team Jacobs and states: “When anyone of us does well in the Sault, our whole community shares in the sense of pride and accomplishment that follows. Thank you, Team Jacobs for bringing us all along on the Olympic journey to gold. Your home town could not be any prouder than at this time.”

Orazietti congratulates Team Jacobs on Olympic gold

Sault Ste. Marie curling team makes Canada proud at Sochi

SAULT STE. MARIE - On behalf of the Ontario Government, I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to the Brad Jacobs Curling Team - Skip Brad Jacobs, lead Ryan Harnden, second E.J. Harnden, third Ryan Fry, alternate Caleb Flaxey and coach Tom Coulterman - on winning the gold medal in men’s curling at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, said David Orazietti MPP, today.

Team Jacobs are true ambassadors of our community, our province and our country and have shown the world what team effort, perseverance and sportsmanship can accomplish.

We are all very proud to see you achieve your goal - a well-deserved, outstanding medal win at the Olympic Winter Games.

Recent Team Jacobs curling highlights:

  • 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings (Men’s Olympic Curling Trials) Champions
  • 2013 Ford Men’s World Championship - Silver Medalists
  • 2013 Tim Hortons Brier Champions - Canadian Men’s National Champions
  • Northern Ontario Provincial Champions (2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010)


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myster 2/21/2014 11:24:00 AM Report

Awesome job guys! Couldn't be more proud!
TFinn 2/21/2014 11:50:57 AM Report

Read the the Brits news website the Telegraph ....poor sportsmanship from their countries news website ..... it wasn't even close ... and shame on them for name calling ... sour grapes Brits ... booo typical poor losers.
TFinn 2/21/2014 11:51:33 AM Report

WTGo boyz great job..!
Walla 2/21/2014 11:59:43 AM Report

So true that every Saultite and former Saultite is very proud!! The sky is the limit for Team Jacobs!!
Number One Son 2/21/2014 12:02:08 PM Report

So now the city council can do the right thing and name a major roadway or building after the team.

When you drive through St. John's, Newfoundland you can't help but drive down Team Gushue Way, a main thoroughfare in St. John's. To think that Brad Gushue and his team was honored in that way when he didn't even skip their Olympic team (Russ Howard actually called the game for the team), and Gushue has never won a Brier, .... Jacob's team is more than deserving of such an honor. Don't drop the ball (or rock in this case) city council, ... do the right thing.
dejrfan2004 2/21/2014 12:23:35 PM Report

WTG Team Jacob!!! Sault Ste Marie and all of Canada is so very proud of you we all new you would bring the Gold home. So proud to be Canadian.CONGRATS.
bounder 2/21/2014 12:42:04 PM Report

T-Finn read the article and they came up short in playing, the Telegraph did the same.
Typical Brit behaviour.
Bad Dawg 2/21/2014 1:17:13 PM Report

number one son.... Brad Gushue was a junior provincial, junior national, and world junior champion. With his team mates, they were the first Newfoundlanders to win Gold at the Olympics.
Bad Dawg 2/21/2014 1:21:45 PM Report

kadynce 2/21/2014 1:37:54 PM Report

They definitely deserve something on the welcome to Sault Ste. Marie sign I think. And even a welcome home parade! WAY TO GO TEAM JACOBS!!!!!!!!
harry dick 2/21/2014 1:40:57 PM Report

I personally would like to see a parade of sorts for the Jacobs team . These men have won everything there is to win in the curling world. If anyone deserves a parade for their accomplishments , Team Jacobs is that team. They have helped put Sault Ste. Marie on the map for all residents in our fair city. Hopefully , there will be signs made very soon, to be erected at both the north and east highway entrances to our fair city.
tweeker 2/21/2014 1:43:10 PM Report

T-Finn, I also read the article from GB's, Telegraph. Certainly never thought the Brit's would resort to sour grapes. I rather like the fist pumping, broom slamming, "c'mon" attitude from Team Jacobs. Shows emotion!!!
TFinn 2/21/2014 1:58:52 PM Report


They fail to mention how bad their own soccer players and fans behave in their matches ... they only have to look in their own back yard to see what they are so quick to yap off about other teams of what they presume to be poor behaviour ... nothing wrong with being a bit pumped up ... that's what competition brings out in the best of the best..!
As I said before . . . sour grapes ...doesn't matter Jacobs and the boys beat them fair and square with gusto ... they thought by playing mind games by saying things before the match they may throw team Jacobs off ....poor taste and it came back to bite them in their arse.
ya....right 2/21/2014 2:32:31 PM Report

It's simple, #1 rename Anita Blvd (the road to the Curling Association) Team Jacobs Way/Blvd, Street, whatever. #2 Give them a maple leaf on the walk of fame. #3 Get rid of the joke of the walk of fame Treble Charger....this way it makes the walk more legitimate
SammH 2/21/2014 2:44:49 PM Report

I tried to find the Telegraph article in question... instead I found one from the same site that basically made their own curling team FEEL BAD. That's really sad, Murdoch's team was good and still got silver!

Congrats to our boys! So proud!
thomas 2/21/2014 2:53:06 PM Report

YAY TEAM JACOBS! you make our city and Canada so proud.

Now I hope the city makes US proud by having a celebration (parade?), puts up banners on major streets/intersections, and renames the street leading to the curling rink Team Jacob Way. Yea!
willoweep 2/21/2014 3:09:17 PM Report

I confess to knowing nothing of Curling but I am one very proud Canadian and Sault resident !
LinzAy 2/21/2014 4:15:12 PM Report

Here's the article. He really should have kept his mouth shut!!!
Number One Son 2/21/2014 5:37:50 PM Report

Bad Dawg, .... there have been many provincial, national, and world junior champions from Canada that have not panned out. If you knew anything about curling, you would know that Newfoundland is not a hot-bed of curling. It is fairly easy to win that province, and once at a national level anything can happen. To win out of a province like Northern Ontario, Manitoba, or Saskatchewan is like winning a Brier in itself.

I thought of re-naming Anita Blvd., but the street is so small and insignificant (except for the curling club being there) it does not do their accomplishment justice. Do something like re-naming St. Mary's River Drive to Team Jacobs Drive would be more significant and prominent.
SmAsHed 2/21/2014 6:05:25 PM Report

@ ya....right

I still like Treble Charger....loved the American Psycho days. Also, Greig Nori is a super nice guy. Sorry that you seem to dislike them so much but I'm glad they have a leaf on the walk of fame :)
Bad Dawg 2/21/2014 7:34:43 PM Report

"lets just rename Sault Ste. Marie The Home of Team Jacobs!!" said Bad Dawg sarcastically

I'm sure they would be honored to have the street to The Soo Curling Club renamed after Team Jacobs.
want 2/27/2014 9:47:33 AM Report

I am very proud of team Jacob on what they done, but not sure how the person is going to feel after they rename the street that was named after her and seeing that she still lives on this street. her father had named in honor of his daughter.
way to go guys.
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