If there were ever a time for the Jennifer Jones foursome to mail it in, this would have been the year to do it. That is by far the longest drought for Canada in the event's 36-year history, but winning the worlds isn't the Holy Grail it once was.The Winnipeg women's curling team won Olympic gold last year in Sochi, Russia, and what more is there to prove after that? There will be more than a few faces in Japan who will bring back good memories for Jones and Co., as five of the other 11 skips competed at last year's Olympics.
“I’ve got my hands in my pockets, because I think I’m going to get in the way of somebody, and get recognized,” Moir says with another grin.After our first Olympics, Moir said, referring to the 2010 Vancouver Games in which they won gold, I always said wed never feel pressure again because we had done everything. At this stage in our career, especially, some of the younger athletes would look at us and say, Oh, well. One difference Saturday will be that, as short-program leaders, Virtue and Moir will skate last in the free dance.In other words, Gilles/Poirier and Weaver/Poje wont have to follow the clear crowd favourites onto the ice in competition, as they did Friday. It was just a matter of maybe attacking (the routine to Michael Jackson songs) too much, and so that kind of threw off the balance.And in the moments after their win, Virtue, a 27-year-old from London, Ont., talked about their quest to come back stronger than ever.“I think that was a big part of the appeal in this comeback was to try and make our skating a little bit different,” Virtue said. We’re trying to have a bit of a departure artistically as well, but the real intention behind this comeback was to challenge ourselves.