According to Don Landry of Yahoo! Sports on Monday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Kevin Martin of Killam, Alberta has been inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in Orleans, Ontario. Martin won a gold medal for Canada as a skip at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Martin skipped his last game at the Players' Championship in Summerside, Prince Edward on April 20. Interestingly, Martin, who is now 47 years old, went out on top as his Edmonton-based rink out of the Saville Sports Centre defeated 2014 Olympic gold medalist Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario 4-3 in the championship final.
Winning by a low score was actually a trademark for Martin, as many times throughout his career he did anything possible to keep the hammer. Martin was also known for making outstanding double and triple takeouts while in competition.
Martin also won the Brier (Canadian national curling championship) on four separate occasions--in 1991 in Hamilton, Ontario, 1997 and 2009 in Calgary, Alberta, and in 2008 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 2008, Martin won his only World Men's Curling Championship by defeating David Murdoch of Scotland 6-3 in the championship game in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Nicknamed the "Old Bear" and "K-Mart", Martin will continue to be very active in the world of curling. Next year he will be an analyst on Rogers Sportsnet during their World Curling Tour coverage, taking over from Richard Hart, who is coming out of retirement to join Ontario's Glenn Howard--one of Martin's greatest rivals. Martin knows the World Curling Tour very well as he has had 15 Grand Slam victories including five Canadian Opens and five Players Championships.
Martin will be joined in the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame with Dominion Insurance chief executive officer George Cooke of Toronto, Ontario. Cooke helped create the Dominion Curling Club Championship, which has become one of the alternative national curling championships in Canada for curlers who have won their local club championship.