Jacobs' quest for gold a family affair

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By Frank Pingue

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian men's curling skip Brad Jacobs is hoping a fundraiser will help pay his family's way to Sochi but he doesn't have to worry about two of his cousins since they make up half of his rink.

Despite the sport being in the family blood - two uncles have competed in Canada's national championships - he only got into curling after his cousins convinced his mother to sign him up when he was 10 years old.

"I was always the type of kid that whatever sport she put me in I played. It didn't matter what sport," Jacobs told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"As I started curling with my cousins I just started to love the game and decided to practice a lot and try to get as good at it as I could."

Jacobs, 28, got really good in a hurry and his fist-pumping, risk-taking Canadian rink will be the gold-medal favourite in Sochi after going undefeated at last month's Olympic trials.

His rink is comprised of brothers, lead Ryan Harnden and second E.J. Harnden, along with third Ryan Fry. The skip and his front end team mates are first cousins.


Jacobs and the Harndens have been together since 2008 while Fry came aboard this season and the chemistry among the four has been their most dangerous weapon during a stellar year.   Continued...

Skip Brad Jacobs throws a rock against Team Morris at the Roar of the Rings Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in Winnipeg, December 4, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade