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Canadian Olympic gold medalist Kevin Martin retires

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According to the Canadian Press on Friday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Kevin Martin has decided to retire from the sport of curling. Martin skipped Canada to a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

A native of Killam, Alberta, Martin, who has been nicknamed "The Old Bear", and "Kmart", won the 2008 World Men's Curling Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota and four Brier titles (1991, 1997, 2008 and 2009) as Canadian champion. He also won 17 grand slam curling events on the World Curling Tour and a silver medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

However it will be his fine performance at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver that will be remembered most. Martin's team of third John Morris, second Marc Kennedy and lead Ben Hebert, were a perfect 9-0 in the round robin portion of the event, before defeating Sweden 6-3 in the semifinal and Norway 6-3 in the gold medal game.

Martin's team is the only men's curling team in the history of the Olympic Winter Games to go through the entire tournament undefeated. At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Jennifer Jones's curling team out of Winnipeg also went through the tournament undefeated, becoming the first women's team to have a perfect record.

Martin has indicated he will stay involved in curling and be a spokesman for the World Curling Tour. In fact, he has not officially retired yet because he is playing this weekend at the Players' Championship in Summerside, Prince Edward Island to close out his curling season. On Saturday, Martin advanced to the final after a 6-4 quarterfinal win over John Epping of Toronto and then a 6-5 semifinal win over Mike McEwen of Winnipeg.

On Sunday, Martin plays 2014 Olympic gold medalist Brad Jacobs of Sault. Ste. Marie, Ontario in the championship game. It will be his last match of his career.

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