Registered: Jan 2009
Location: Hovel of Fame
Re-Thinking Jennifer Jones Future
Okey Dokey - Man. Legend is posting stuff about Jennifer Jones again - all is right with the world (and Curling Zone)
Been re-thinking my prediction that JJ would hang her sliders up after this season. NO WAY JOSE is the response!
While JJ will be 43 in July she's still a force to be reckoned with in the curling world.
Probably the best prepared team in the womens game. One of the 2 or 3 best 3rds - and while the front end is now early 40s and late 30s they still seem to enjoy the game - winning will do that to you.
Aside from some obvious deficiencies in rock placement Jones still gives everyone, including Homan quite the tussle on the curling lanes.
She's rather irrepressible. Despite an obvious up-take her stress levels and living 'n dying on just about every rock she still puts together great games on a regular. basis, doesn't react that poorly when bested and rebounds like no other.
Assuming she doesn't go plop at the Trials - there's no question she wants to cement her legacy as Canada's greatest women's curler. Right now that honour still resides w/ the late Sandra Schmirler and based on Scotties wins - Coco Jones has her name near the top.
Winning the Olympic spot puts her into her second Olympic games - and so far she's unbeaten at that venue. Her biggest opponent at the games would no doubt be the athletic Swedish squad - trying to seek revenge for what Jones did to their fellow swedes in Sochi.
Tirinzoni and Muirhead will still be top threats. Tirinzoni, the feisty Swiss-Miss will be trying to avenge years of being 2nd coin to Ladyhawke, Feltscher, the last Swiss Olympian, etc.
If Homan wins the trials spot - Jones automatically directs her focus on the Manitoba championship and a chance to get to the STOH - and one where Team Canada won't be Homan - it will be Michelle Englot if Homan wins trials.
Taking a crack at her 6th STOH would be a tremendous consolation prize for Jones, also giving her a chance to capture a second worlds (something she doesn't seem that good at, whether it be peaking too early or whatever)
After that? She'll be 43 to start next season and the next Olympic cycle - and while I don't believe she'd automatically declare herself for the next full 4 year Olympic cycle - I do think she'd play it year by year.
Income doesn't seem to be a problem. She's secured solid sponsorship and government funding. She might even consider running for federal parliament, given her hi- profile and ability to dissect complex issues given her legal training.
Seems to enjoy the game as much as ever. Young 3rd, professional front end. What more can I add?
If she doesn't declare that kinda makes Kaitlyn Lawes a free agent - and Lawes might be able to collect some dynamite players to curl with her.
I'm one of the good guys now!
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