Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Taxing, Tight Games Keep Veteran Kevin Martin Motivated in Curling

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Taxing, Tight Games Keep Veteran Kevin Martin Motivated in Curling

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Martin team the darlings of this Brier

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Kevin Martin has won everything there is to win in curling, several times over in some cases.

The 46-year-old skip from Edmonton has Olympic gold and silver medals, four Canadian championships and a world championship on his resume, plus 17 Grand Slam victories on the World Curling Tour.

So what drives him in the sport now?

"I still really enjoy a good tough game, win or lose," Martin said. "It's tough in games that don't mean a lot, but the big ones . . . those are the games that are fun for me still.

"As long as I really enjoy it, deep down really can't wait to play, I'll play. Once you don't feel like that, your days are done. I haven't got that yet."

The 2013 Tim Hortons Brier opens Saturday at Rexall Place. Martin's team out of Edmonton's Saville Centre represents the host province.

What's new for Martin is the opportunity to win a Canadian title in his hometown, having never played before at a Brier in Edmonton.

He did win the Olympic trials at Rexall Place in 2009 for the right to represent Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C.

Martin, third John Morris, second Marc Kennedy and lead Ben Hebert won gold Vancouver. They'll be the darlings of this Brier as both the host team and the reigning Olympic champions.

Martin can also become the first skip to win five Canadian titles, surpassing Saskatchewan's Ernie Richardson and fellow Albertan Randy Ferbey at four.

Two of Martin's four previous Brier titles were won in Alberta, but both in Calgary.

"I think the Brier is going to be loud, a lot of fun and I think the crowd is going to be really into it," Martin said.

"It's Canada's biggest party if the Grey Cup's not. The two biggest parties in Canada are the Grey Cup and the Brier."

Alberta's Martin, defending champion Glenn Howard of Ontario and three-time winner Jeff Stoughton of Manitoba are the headliners of the 12-team field.

They also happen to be the first three men's teams to secure berths in December's Olympic trials in Winnipeg.

The winner there represents Canada at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. …

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