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Mint misspells curling champ’s name on award

An attempt to honour Winnipeg's Olympic gold medal winning curling rink fell flat Thursday when the award spelled a team member's name wrong. Jeremy Desrochers

WINNIPEG – A ceremony to honour Winnipeg’s Olympic gold medal winning curling rink included an awkward moment Thursday when the award spelled a team member’s name incorrectly.

The Royal Canadian Mint presented the City of Winnipeg with a symbolic “Lucky Loonie” to recognize the city’s support for the Jennifer Jones rink at the Sochi Olympics.

The coin was in a framed certificate that listed the names of the team members: Jones, Dawn McEwen, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer and Kirsten Wall.

But McEwen’s name was spelled incorrectly, with “a” in place of the second “e.”

The Jones team was on hand at city hall when the flawed certificate was presented to Mayor Sam Katz. It will be displayed at city hall.

A mint representative told Global News a corrected version will be sent to the city next week. It will also add the name of the team’s coach, Janet Arnott.

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