With the 2014 Canadian Olympic curling trials wrapping up for the men on Friday, reigning champion Brad Jacobs is clearly the country's best option to help give them a gold medal at Sochi, Russia in February.
Jacobs advanced to the final round on Thursday night, taking down Kevin Martin 5-4 to get to Sunday's big finale. He improved to 6-0 at the Roar of the Rings, and this win was his worst, as he's normally dominated the competition. It was a sloppy one throughout, but Jacobs made a crucial triple-raise takeout at the end to grab two points and get the 5-4 victory.
However, it's still big news that Jacobs and his team won considering it came against Martin, who won the gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics and silver in 2002.
John Morris was also able to take down Martin, giving him the other spot in the finals. The winner will go on to represent Team Canada in Russia, but if the Canadians want a better shot at grabbing the gold, Jacobs is the best option.
This has easily been Jacobs' best season as a curler, leading his great team of Ryan Fry along with some great front-end brushers in E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden. In the three Grand Slam events he has competed in during the 2012-13 season, Jacobs and his team made it to the finals at the Canadian Open and made it to the quarterfinals in the Masters/World Cup along with The National.
This team has a lot of experience together, and that will pay off in Sochi. Jacobs and the Harnden brothers have been together since the 2008-09 season, and while Fry is new this season, those three have been together long enough to have a real chemistry. After all, these guys did score an epic eight-ender back in February of 2012.
While Morris has had more success in the past, Jacobs and his team are simply on fire right now. Morris was with Martin back during the gold-medal run in the 2010 Winter Olympics, but with the two separated now, they just won't be the same.
It's hard to argue with how successful Jacobs has been during the Olympic trials. As long as his team continues this level of success, they will be one of the favorites to win at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and that would make the entire country quite proud.
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