Brad Jacobs (curler)

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Brad Jacobs
Born (1985-06-11) June 11, 1985 (age 34)
Team
Curling clubCommunity First CC,
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
SkipBrad Jacobs
ThirdMarc Kennedy
SecondE. J. Harnden
LeadRyan Harnden
AlternateLee Toner
Career
Member Association Northern Ontario
Brier appearances11 (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
World Championship
appearances
1 (2013)
Top CTRS ranking1st (2013–14)
Grand Slam victories4: 2015 Players' Championship, 2016 National, 2017 Champions Cup, 2018 Tour Challenge

Bradley "Brad" Jacobs[1] (born June 11, 1985) is a Canadian curler from Prince, Ontario. He is an Olympic champion skip, having led Canada to a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Jacobs is also the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier championship skip and the 2013 World Championship runner-up. He is an eight-time (as of 2017) Northern Ontario provincial champion, and one time provincial junior champion.

Jacobs and his team are well known for their physical fitness.[2] They have been described as "fitness freaks" and are "embracing curling's athletic evolution as much or more than any other team".[3]

Career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

Jacobs began curling at age ten with a coach named Tom Coulterman in 1995. Coulterman saw potential in them and formed a team, Jacobs played third for Ryan Harnden and was also joined by Matt Premo and Scott Sabrook. As Jacobs entered high school, he entered competitive curling and took it seriously. He played second for Harnden in tournaments age 16 and under and played second for E. J. Harnden on the highschool team. In the fall, they formed a team together with E.J. as skip, Harnden as second, and Jacobs threw lead stones. They came third in the tournament. By Fall 2001, they added Caleb Flaxey at third. They were starting to feel comfortable enough as a team that they entered the Regal Capital Curling Classic men's bonspiel at their home club. The bonspiel included most of the best teams from the region, including one skipped by Al Harnden and featuring Eric Harnden. 1998 men's Olympic curling champion Patrick Hurlimann also was in the bonspiel. In the first draw, they were matched against Hurlimann. They won the game 5-3. "Once we got the lead, they were kind of shocked," Flaxey told the Sault Star. Hurlimann was sure that "they will have a bright future".[4]

He had a successful junior career, winning the Northern Ontario Junior Men's Championship in 2005 with teammates Brady Barnett, Scott Seabrook and Steve Molodowich. This gave his team a berth at the 2005 Canadian Junior Curling Championships, representing the region. At the Canadian Juniors, he led the team to an 8–4 record, good enough for fourth place, but outside the playoffs.[5]

Men's career[edit]

Jacobs was then picked up to play for his uncle, Al Harnden, with Jacobs throwing last rocks on the team. The team finished 5–6 at the 2007 Tim Hortons Brier. Jacobs participated in the 2008 Tim Hortons Brier as an alternate for another uncle, Eric Harnden. In 2008, Jacobs formed his own team with his cousins (Eric's sons) E. J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden as well as Caleb Flaxey. The team won the Northern Ontario provincial title in 2010, qualifying for the 2010 Tim Hortons Brier where they made the playoffs, the first team from Northern Ontario to do that since the 1993 Labatt Brier. Jacobs' team represented Northern Ontario again at the 2011 Tim Hortons Brier, where they finished with a 7–4 record, out of the playoffs. The team went to the Brier again in 2012, where they finished 5–6. The following year at the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier, they became the first team from Northern Ontario to win the Brier since 1985. The win gave them the right to represent Canada at the 2013 Ford World Men's Curling Championship. At the Worlds, Jacobs skipped the Canadian team to a silver medal, losing to Sweden's Niklas Edin in the final. Brad Jacobs also led his team to a 9-3 victory in the men's final of the 2014 Winter Olympics by defeating Great Britain.

Following their Olympic success, the Jacobs rink once again made it to the Brier in 2015. After posting a 10-1 round robin record in first place, they won the 1 vs. 2 game sending them to the finals against the defending Brier champions, Team Canada (skipped by Pat Simmons), which they lost. Later in the season the Jacobs rink won their first career Grand Slam event, winning the 2015 Players' Championship.

At the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier, the Jacobs rink once again tore through the round robin, going undefeated to finish in first place. However, they ran into trouble in the playoffs, losing to Newfoundland and Labrador in the 1 vs. 2 game and to Alberta in the semifinals. They did rebound in the bronze medal game, defeating Manitoba to finish third overall.

The 2016-17 season would be the best to date for the Jacobs rink on the World Curling Tour, winning two slams, the 2016 Boost National and the 2017 Humpty's Champions Cup. At the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier, the team would once again make the playoffs, after posting an 8-3 round robin record. However, they lost both of their playoff games, settling for fourth place.

Jacobs played in the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials attempting to head to the Olympics again, but his team would finish with a disappointing 3-5 record, missing the playoffs. The team again represented Northern Ontario at the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier, making it to the playoffs with an 8-3 record, but lost to Alberta's Brendan Bottcher rink in the 3 vs. 4 game.

The next season, the Jacobs rink won the 2018 Tour Challenge Grand Slam event. A month later, the team won the 2018 Canada Cup, their first Canada Cup title, defeating Kevin Koe's rink in the final. The team had Marc Kennedy playing third, filling in for Ryan Fry, who is on sabbatical following unsportsmanlike behaviour and excessive drinking at the 2018 Red Deer Curling Classic.[6] The team once again represented Northern Ontario at the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier. The team went 9-2 in the round robin and championship round combined. Jacobs lost the 1vs2 game to Kevin Koe and the semifinal to Brendan Bottcher resulting in the team getting the bronze medal. [7]

Eight-ender[edit]

During the semifinal of The Dominion 2012 Northern Ontario Men's Curling Championship, Jacobs and team scored a rare eight-ender, in the sixth end to win the game 14–3.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Jacobs was born on June 11, 1985 in Sault Ste. Marie. Jacobs holds a bachelor's degree in geography from Algoma University.[10] He currently works as a business development manager for the Community First Curling Centre. He is married to Shawna Jacobs and has two children.[11]

Teams[edit]

Season Skip Third Second Lead
2004–05 Brad Jacobs Brady Barnett Scott Seabrook Steve Molodowich
2006–07 Al Harnden Brad Jacobs Dusty Jakomait Rob Thomas
2007–08[12] Al Harnden Brad Jacobs Dusty Jakomait Rob Thomas
2008–09 Brad Jacobs E. J. Harnden Ryan Harnden Caleb Flaxey
2009–10 Brad Jacobs E. J. Harnden Ryan Harnden Caleb Flaxey
2010–11 Brad Jacobs E. J. Harnden Ryan Harnden Scott Seabrook
2011–12 Brad Jacobs E. J. Harnden Ryan Harnden Scott Seabrook
2012–13 Brad Jacobs Ryan Fry E. J. Harnden Ryan Harnden
2013–14 Brad Jacobs Ryan Fry E. J. Harnden Ryan Harnden
2014–15 Brad Jacobs Ryan Fry E. J. Harnden Ryan Harnden
2015–16 Brad Jacobs Ryan Fry E. J. Harnden Ryan Harnden
2016–17 Brad Jacobs Ryan Fry E. J. Harnden Ryan Harnden
2017–18 Brad Jacobs Ryan Fry E. J. Harnden Ryan Harnden
2018–19 Brad Jacobs Ryan Fry E. J. Harnden Ryan Harnden
2019–20 Brad Jacobs Marc Kennedy E. J. Harnden Ryan Harnden

Grand Slam record[edit]

Key
C Champion
F Lost in Final
SF Lost in Semifinal
QF Lost in Quarterfinals
R16 Lost in the round of 16
Q Did not advance to playoffs
T2 Played in Tier 2 event
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
Elite 10 N/A SF DNP F QF SF
Masters DNP Q Q QF DNP SF QF F QF Q
Tour Challenge N/A QF Q SF C
National Q DNP DNP QF Q F QF C Q QF
Canadian Open DNP DNP QF F DNP QF Q SF SF QF
Players' Championships DNP Q DNP SF F C F QF Q QF
Champions Cup N/A DNP C Q QF

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2017 Brier Media Guide: Previous Rosters
  2. ^ Donna Spencer, Canadian Press (March 11, 2013). "Northern Ontario ushers in a new generation of curlers". National Post. Archived from the original on August 21, 2014.
  3. ^ "Sochi 2014: Canadian men's curling skip Brad Jacobs embracing his moment". thestar.com. Archived from the original on December 10, 2015. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  4. ^ Ice gold : canada's curling champions. [S.l.]: Ecw Press. 2014. ISBN 1770412476. ASIN 1770412476.
  5. ^ http://cloudfront9.curling.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Juniors_Men_2005.pdf?258ead
  6. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/article-marc-kennedy-filling-in-for-ryan-fry-as-team-jacobs-heads-to-canada/
  7. ^ https://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/winter/curling/brier-2019-bottcher-semifinal-recap-1.5050827
  8. ^ "Game Scores » 2011-2012 Northern Ontario Men's The Dominion Men's NOCA Provincials » Playdowns.com - Sweeping the nation with great curling coverage".
  9. ^ "2013 Brier Champion Brad Jacobs scores an 8-Ender in 2012 Northern Ontario Playdowns Semi-Final". YouTube.
  10. ^ http://www.teambradjacobs.com/about-us
  11. ^ 2017 Brier Media Guide: Team Northern Ontario
  12. ^ "Shorty Jenkins Classic 2007 – Teams". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007.

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