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Honours abound for Winnipeg's Olympic gold medal curling winners

WINNIPEG - Canada's gold medal women's curlers are continuing to bask in the Olympic spotlight after returning home to Winnipeg.

Mayor Sam Katz announced Tuesday the city will recognize the team led by skip Jennifer Jones by naming a street after them, though only in an honorary fashion so as not to create an extra expense for local businesses.

Regal Avenue, the street where the St. Vital Curling Club is located, will now be known as Honorary Team Jones Way.

Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen, Kirsten Wall and coach Janet Arnott went undefeated at the Sochi Games, becoming the first women’s curling team in Olympic history to achieve a perfect record.

They will also be presented with City of Winnipeg Outstanding Achievement Award Medallions, an honour bestowed upon all winners of Olympic gold medals who are based in or live in Winnipeg.

In addition, the team will present a trophy at the Juno Awards in Winnipeg on March 30.

“Winnipeggers have always been extremely supportive of Team Jones and are very proud of the team’s record-breaking Olympic achievement,” said Katz. “All of the members of the team are ambassadors for Winnipeg and the sport of curling and it is fitting to honour them with Team Jones Way.”

Jones said she gets goosebumps thinking about being on stage at the Junos.

"The Junos are so huge and we’re huge music fans and we’re going to be presenting on stage," she said. "It’s an incredible honour for us and we can’t wait."

(The Canadian Press, CJOB)

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