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Monday, October 2, 2023

Brad Gushue and his team ready to compete in the Beijing Olympic Winter Games in men’s curling

In February, Brad Gushue and his teammates will compete in the Beijing Olympic Winter Games in men’s rolling. On Sunday in Saskatoon, the St. John’s skip defeated Brad Jacobs 4-3 in the Olympic trials men’s final.

The men’s final was a tense defensive game that appeared to be heading to overtime. Jacobs had an ability to strike for a pair, but he slightly missed his final rock, and it rolled out, giving Gushue the victory.  “We needed to be near-perfect today in order to win this game, and we weren’t,” Jacobs stated.

Four of the first seven ends were cleared by the teams. Jacobs lost power in the eighth inning when he slipped on a double-takeout attempt and had to settle for a hit for just one.

Gushue scored the game’s only deuce in the ninth end, and Jacobs was unable to generate enough scoring in the tenth before missing. Late misses had a role in the outcome of a frantic, thrilling, and somewhat surprising women’s final earlier in the day.

In the tenth end, Jennifer Jones squandered a wonderful chance to win the game. Tracy Fleury’s mistake in the extra end came at an even more costly time. Jones escaped with a thrilling 6-5 victory to book her team’s ticket to the Beijing Games after the dust settled.

Jones explained, “We’re there to pick each other up when you miss.” “That’s something not everyone can say, and it’s a genuine strength of ours.” Jones missed an easy takeout for the victory — usually a slam dunk for the veteran skip — with her stone sliding out, leaving her with only a game-tying singles at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.

Source: CBC News

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