Jennifer Jones is one of the first females in sports history to win the Olympic championship in curling as a skip of the Canadian team.
Also known as ‘the greatest Canadian women’s curler of all-time, Jones is amongst the only two girls to achieve one hundred wins at the Canadian championships.
Besides her notable achievements in curling, there are many more personal things to know about her, which we will discuss below.
|Full name||Jennifer Judith Jones|
|Date of birth||7 July 1974|
|Age||47 Years Old|
|Birthplace||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Education||Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba|
|Father’s name||Larry Jones|
|Mother’s name||Carol Jones|
|Sibling||Heather Jones (sister)|
|Height||5 feet 7 inches|
|Children||Isabella and Skyla|
|Profession||Curler. Senior legal advisor, Motivational speaker|
|Social Media||Twitter, Instagram|
|Net Worth||$1 million- $5 million|
|Curling Equipment||Curling Broom, Shoes|
Age, height, and Weight
Jones weighs around 138 lbs, and her average height is 5 feet 7 inches.
She is 47 Years Old.
Early Life and Education
Jennifer Jones was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She was a shy child.
Both her parents Carol and Larry Jones were curlers themselves. Therefore, they introduced her to the sport when she was 11 years old.
She won her first provincial tournament at the age of 15 when she was a rink team member that included her younger sister. Larry, their dad, was the coach.
Commemorating her dad a year after his death, she said to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), “He’s the one who had this love of curling that was infectious in my family.”
She also added, “He lived vicariously through me every time I played.”
Jones also conquered the Manitoba provincial junior title in 1991 while playing third for skip Jill Staub, winning a trip to the Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Leduc, Alberta.
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From kindergarten to eighth grade, she attended General Vanier School in South Winnipeg.
She went to Windsor Park Collegiate for her studies after that.
Jones received a B.A. in psychology and economics as well as an LLB from the University of Manitoba.
The curler went on to work as a corporate counsel for National Bank Financial, where she is now a senior legal advisor.
She is married to Brent Laing, a former world champion curler from Ontario, and the couple has two children out of their wedlock.
Brent also played in the 2018 Olympics. The curler grew up in Meaford, Ontario.
Jennifer Jones: career
Jones started curling when she was 11 years old.
She won three provincial junior championships and a national junior championship.
Similarly, she competed in her first local junior competition when she was 15 years old.
Her father was the team coach, which included Heather Jones at second, Tracey Lavery at third, and Dana Malanchuk at the lead. Before being eliminated, they won once and lost twice.
She played third for Jill Staub after the tournament.
The curler won her first provincial junior championship in 1991, playing third for Jill Staub (Thurston). Kristie Moroz was at second, and Kelly Scott (then Mackenzie) was at first.
The curler wanted to skip her team after the loss and bring together the best team she could.
She approached Jill Officer, a curler at the Highlander Curling Club in Winnipeg.
As a skip, Jones bagged her second provincial junior title in 1993.
They went to the Canadian Juniors after winning the provincial juniors.
The team finished the 1993 Canadian Juniors round robin with an 8-3 record, tying for third place with Nova Scotia and Quebec.
In their tiebreaker match, the team faced Quebec (skipped by Janique Berthelot) but lost, thereby knocking them out.
The team won their second consecutive provincial junior championship the following year.
The team was in a three-way tie for third place at the 1994 Canadian Juniors, with Ontario and Northern Ontario, with a 7-4 record.
They beat Rhonda Halvorsen of Northern Ontario by 10-4 in the first tiebreaker.
In the second tiebreaker, they beat Dominique Lascelles of Ontario by 10-8.
The team advanced to the semifinals, where they faced Jeanna Richard (Schraeder) of British Columbia, whom they defeated 5-3.
With the victory, they moved to the final, where they faced Sherry Linton’s Saskatchewan rink, which finished first.
The team captured the Canadian Junior title in 1994 by beating Saskatchewan with 8-5.
During the final, Jones got a black eye and a knock on the head after tripping over her foot. Typically, this would mean a berth in the World Junior Curling Championships next year.
But, a change in the rule by the Canadian Curling Association forced her to compete in a playoff for the right to attend the 1995 Canadian Juniors, which she lost to MacKenzie’s team.
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The Shot and Pro Career
Jones’s rink took first place in the Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2002. She then made her national debut at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
She did not return to the national championships for another three years after losing in the playoffs.
The Jones rink returned to the Tournament of Hearts in 2005, with Cathy Gauthier at the helm, long-time teammate Jill Officer at second, and Cathy Overton-Clapham third.
Jones’s Manitoba rink defeated British Columbia by 8-7 in the playoffs, securing a bye to the finals against Ontario, after earning the top seed with a 9-2 round-robin record.
The finals came down to one shot against an Ontario rink skipped by Jenn Hanna: a miss would eliminate Jones, a victory, and Manitoba would be the crowned national champions.
Jones hit an Ontario stone sitting just outside the house with a shot rock on the button.
Manitoba stone knocked out the shot rock ricocheting off the opposing stone. Manitoba won by four points owing to the perfect positioning.
Jones’s rink won the event for the second time in 2008 and qualified for the Women’s World Curling Championship for the first time. Jones won the gold medal with a 7-4 win over China this time.
She won her third Tournament of Hearts in 2009.
Her success on the national stage continued with gold medals in 2015 and 2018.
She also won a silver medal in 2013 (when she became just the second woman, after Colleen Jones, to win 100 championships) and a bronze medal in 2012.
Jones and her rink got to make a wildcard entry in 2020, and she led her team to another bronze medal.
Jennifer Jones: Sochi Olympics
Team Jones was the top seed at the 2013 Olympic trials after posting a 6-1 round-robin record.
They beat an Ontario team skipped by Sherry Middaugh 8-4 in the playoffs, securing Jones’s first trip to the Olympic Winter Games.
Jones’s rink, which featured Dawn McEwen, Jill Officer, Kaitlyn Lawes, and reserve Kirsten Wall, went 9-0 in round-robin play at Sochi, Russia.
They were the tournament’s only unbeaten side.
After defeating Great Britain 6-4 in the semifinals, Canada faced Sweden and skip Margaretha Sigfridsson in the gold medal match.
Canada captured the Olympic gold medal with a comfortable 6–3 victory.
Canada’s first gold medal in Olympic women’s curling since skip Sandra Schmirler won in Nagano, Japan, in 1998.
Jones was voted the most outstanding Canadian women’s curler of all time by a TSN panel in 2019.
Jones had a successful curling season winning the 2007 Autumn Gold Grand Slam and the 2008 Manitoba Provincial Championship.
She was later qualified to represent Manitoba at the 2008 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Regina, Saskatchewan, after winning the provincial competition in 2008.
Jones got off to a slow start, going 3-4 to begin the week.
But then went on to win four straight games for a 7-4 record, making a spot in the tiebreaker match.
She beat Heather Strong of Newfoundland and Labrador by a score of 6-3.
She defeated Marie-France Larouche of Québec 6-5 in the first round of the playoffs.
Jones made it to the semifinals, where she beat Ontario’s Sherry Middaugh 9-8 in the extra end by stealing a point.
She faced Shannon Kleibrink of Alberta in the final.
Klibrink had a chance to win the game in the last stone, but he only managed to knock out one Manitoba Stone, giving Jones’ team a 6-4 victory and the title of Canadian Champions for the second time.
Jones qualified for the 2008 World Women’s Curling Championship in Vernon, British Columbia, thanks to her victory at the Canadian Championships.
They had access to the best coaches, physical trainers, and sports psychologists in the nation.
During the round-robin, China’s Bingyu Wang beat Canada. When coach Janet Arnott gave a speech, they trailed Debbie McCormick of America 6-1 after four ends.
“I heard Janet say something once, and it stuck in my mind,” TSN analyst Cathy Gauthier said.
The Canadians made a recovery, winning the game 10-9 except for a 6-3 loss to Angelina Jensen of Denmark. China also defeated them.
Jones made it to the finals after a comeback and beat China to win her first World Championship by 7-4. Jones ended the week with an 11-3 overall record.
Jennifer Jones: Social media
Jones created her Instagram account in 2016 and has 3,148 followers.
She is also available on Twitter, whereby 24.4K people follow her. She joined Twitter in 2013.
Jennifer Jones’s total assets have grown over the years.
Her net worth is $1 million – $ 5 million.
The curler net worth is mostly from her games and wins prizes. She also earns from sponsorship and her investments.
How many Scotties has Jones won?
Jones has won six Scotties altogether.