An Olympic champion is in first place at the Tim Horton’s Brier in Edmonton after Monday night. However, many expected it to be Edmonton’s Kevin Martin, the 2010 Olympic Winter Games champion to be undefeated after day three of the Canadian Men’s National Curling Championship.
But it is Newfoundland’s Brad Gushue, the 2006 Olympic Winter Games champion, who is one of two undefeated teams so far, and the only team at 5-0. Gushue, last night defeated Northern Ontario 9-8 in an extra end against another previously undefeated team.
Glenn Howard, the four time Brier champion, and the winner as a third when Edmonton hosted the Brier in 1987, is also undefeated as his Ontario team is 4-0.
However the major story to date is how bad Alberta’s Kevin Martin has been. Martin has had a very difficult time in figuring out the rocks, especially in his lopsided losses against Quebec and Northern Ontario. At 1-3, he needs to go undefeated over the next three days to put himself in contention for a playoff spot.