Edmonton's Kevin Martin has already qualified for the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials from December 1-8 in Winnipeg, but the gold medallist from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver struggled mightily at the 2012 Canada Cup of Curling in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan over the last three days.
Martin, who finished up the round robin on Friday at 1-5, had a very difficult time reading the ice. Martin's third John Morris also seemed to have issues. Morris, at 78% for the week, was only fifth among the seven thirds.
According to the World Curling Tour website, the 2012-13 curling season for the Martin foursome hasn't been all that bad. The team won earlier this year at a bonspiel in New Westminster, British Columbia, and sit in second place in the 2012-13 money list behind Calgary's Kevin Koe.
Martin's team was the most dominant team in the world only a couple of years ago. They not only won Olympic gold, but the 2008 World Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota as well. What made them so special was their spectacular shot making with a very high degree of difficulty. However, the foursome will need to be significantly better a year from now in the Manitoba capital for Martin to represent Canada at an unprecedented fourth Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014.