Olympic gold medallist Jennifer Jones will be returning to the River City with her entire curling team around 10:30 p.m.
Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen and alternative Kirsten Wall will land at Winnipeg’s airport with their gold medals in tow, following their big win at the Sochi Olympic games.
Jones and her St. Vital-based rink won gold after defeating Team Sweden 6-3.
On Saturday, the team was presented with their gold medals.
Jones and her team went undefeated with a record of 11-0.
The area was packed with more hundreds of raucous friends, family and fans eager to congratulate the team on their win by 9 p.m. Many held signs and Canadian flags. Even Mayor Sam Katz was there, holding bags of goodies for the team when they arrived.
Mounties in full uniform were also on hand, and a giant red carpet was laid out for the team.
While eager fans waited, people carrying giant trays of sprinkled donuts handed them out for free to the crowd.
Twins Arah and Taylor Davies were excitedly waiting for Jones and her team to arrive. They said they turned up “just because they’re great people, and we curl, and they curl, and we want to curl with them one day, maybe.”
Student Carlen Comegan shared those sentiments. “I was in the middle of class, and when they won, I just went crazy! I was so excited, and I couldn’t contain it!”
Officials said the team would be met by Mounties and bagpipes, and O Canada would be sung by the crowd. After the team got a chance to greet their relatives, Jones and the team would answer a few questions about their time in Sochi.