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Martin and Jones win 2014 Players Championship

Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones
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According to the World Curling Tour website, Canadian Olympic gold medalists Kevin Martin of Edmonton and Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg won the 2014 World Curling Tour Players' Championship at Summerside, Prince Edward Island on Sunday. It was the final grand slam event or the 2013-14 curling season.

Martin, who was playing in his final curling game of his outstanding athletic career, defeated another Canadian Olympic gold medalist in Brad Jacobs of Sault. Ste. Marie, Ontario, by a score of 4-3. The Martin team recorded two key deuces in the second and fourth ends en route to the one point victory.

Martin, who declared himself the underdog before the match started, threw a game high 98%. Twice Martin threw an inturn draw to pick up two points in one end.

Another major reason for Martin's victory was his team's ability to keep the house clean when they were leading 4-1. The fifth and sixth ends were blanked, and Martin did a great job in not allowing Jacobs to develop any sort of comeback.

Martin switched his second and third as well from the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. Marc Kennedy moved from second to third and Dave Nedohin moved from third to second. An interesting note is that Kennedy will be playing third regularly for Brier champion Kevin Koe of Calgary next season.

Lead Ben Hebert will also be joining Koe. Martin, who won the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, announced on Friday he will be retiring from curling.

On the women's side, Jones defeated 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion Rachel Homan of Ottawa 5-2 in the championship final. It was a strong game for second Jill Officer, who curled 96%.

The Jones team stole one point in the first end to take control of the match and then picked up a key deuce in the third end to take a commanding 3-1 lead. It was the first significant victory for the Jones team since winning the Olympic gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

This past week the Jones team announced they will stick together for another four years for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Their goal is to become the second women's curling team to defend their gold medal. Anette Norberg of Sweden won the gold medal at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

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