Jones Stunned by Danish Youngster at Ford Worlds (Only in English)

(Canadian Curling Association, April 17, 2004)

GAVLE, SWEDEN — Canada’s Colleen Jones was stunned 8-6 by a virtually unknown Danish team here at the Ford World Curling Championships Saturday night.

In what would have to be one of the biggest upsets of a Canadian team at the Worlds in recent memory, Jones struggled throughout and could only watch helplessly as 16-year-old Danish skip Madeleine Dupont put on a curling clinic that belied her tender age.

When the dust finally settled, the youngest skip in this year’s field — and one of the youngest ever — had defeated the oldest skip at this year’s Worlds.

Jones could only tip her hat — actually she wore a tuque for Saturday night’s game in a futile bid to stay warm in the frigid Gavlerinken — to a skip that until last night was best known as the skip of this season’s World Junior B champions.

“Age does matter in this sport. Experience does count for something. But she was just unflappable,” Jones, 44, said of Dupont.

“I thought she played an awesome game. I could’ve made some shots, but I was half asleep… If I’d had draw weight it would have been another game.”

Jones curled just 59 percent in the losing effort, while Dupont threw 83 percent.