Jennifer Jones rocked the curling world Tuesday morning, announcing her upcoming retirement from women's competitive curling.
Jones released a statement on X around 10:30 a.m. sharing her plans to leave competitive curling at the end of this season.
"I have been so privileged to play thousands of games: the Olympics, National and World Championships, grand slams and so much more domestically and internationally," Jones says in the statement. "Curling has challenged me, changed me and called me to be a better person, and I will be forever grateful."
Jones, 49, skipped her teams to dozens of curling championships over the years, including a gold medal while representing Canada at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. She also has six Scotties Tournament of Hearts championships, four of those while representing Manitoba, and two while representing Canada.
According to her biography, Jones began to curl at the age of 11, and won three provincial junior championships and a national junior championship. She began skipping her own teams around 1992. In 1993 she connected with long-time teammate, Jill Officer, and won her second provincial junior championship as a skip.
Jones is a lawyer and says that "this decision to step away from women's competition will allow me to transition to other opportunities, and to be able to focus on my family and be more present with our children in their own lives."
However, she won't be sliding away from the pebbled ice completely. "I will continue to compete in mixed doubles with my teammate and husband, Brent (Laing)," she says. "This is a decision that will make it just a little less hard to leave what I love so much. But that does not make it an easy decision."
The beloved skip curled out of the St. Vital Curling Club in Winnipeg for years and she says it was like a second home to her.