Uptight British curling coach rips Brad Jacobs 0
Canadian skip Brad Jacobs (Al Charest, QMI Agency)
The coach of the British men's Olympic curling team took a hard swipe at the Canadians a day before the two countries clash for the gold medal.
Soren Gran, a Swede who coaches David Murdoch's team from Glasgow, said he doesn't like the way the Brad Jacobs foursome handles itself on the ice.
"The aggressive style we have seen from the Canadians here, that's something I don't like about the sport," Gran said. "I don't think it helps anyone. It doesn't help the player and it doesn't help his teammates."
The Jacobs team, from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., is known for being animated on the pebble. They celebrate in a very demonstrative way, with fist pumps, high fives and loud exclamations.
They've been known to show their frustrations as well with broom slams and angry utterances.
The team, which includes third Ryan Fry, second E.J. Harnden and lead Ryan Harnden, certainly turned heads at last year's Brier and Canadian Curling Trials with their style, but since they won both events, it would be hard to argue against doing what works for them.
Gran prefers his British team's laid back style.
"I tell my guys to work a different way," he said. "If they miss a shot they've got another 15 to play, you can't be angry with the one you miss.
"If I see the team we are playing against get aggressive and show anger, I think our guys should be happy because we'd have them exactly where we want them to be. I don't think that helps."
When asked Thursday if the Canadians were trying to be "bullies" or intimidate other teams, Jacobs said you'd have to ask the other teams.