tartan doc martens Kevin Martin gets his place in World Curling Hall of Fame
There had only been 40 inductees into the World Curling Hall of Fame and Thursday Kevin Martin became No. 41.
Arguably the greatest curler in the history of the game, this was a thing not an thing. But that didn make it anything less thrilling for the three time Olympian and four time Brier champion.
allows you to see your entire career on a much larger canvas than you really do when you been living in the moment. After four years now, I look back on my curling career as one thing. It went on for a long time, he said.
Martin, who flies out of Edmonton Friday morning to work the Olympic Winter Games in Korea as a color commentator, found out about the honour Sunday.
The timing was terrific. This is the 100th anniversary of the Northern Alberta Curling Association. And Martin joins NACA products Randy Ferbey and Warren Hansen in the Hall which still hasn figured out that they still have time to induct the world oldest living Brier skip Matt Baldwin, 92, a three time Brier winner who was the Arnold Palmer of curling in the 50s and inspired the building of more curling clubs than anyone in history.
But this is Martin day. And what a story he wrote to get to this day. I mean this is a guy who won his first Brier in 1991, back when he had hair.
Looking back, Martin said he has a few favorite memories beyond the obvious.
the Canadian Junior in 1985 was a big one. It was in St. John Newfoundland and that was my first time on a plane, he said.
You think winning that first Brier in 1991 would be one, but he said it was actually the media scrum after he won.
coach Jules Owchar was supposed to tell us. They decided that the team that won the Brier final would get to go to the Albertville Olympics in 1992. But he thought that would bother me too much and he didn tell me, he said of the year it was a demonstration sport. didn know until the media scrum after the game when I was asked what it feels like to represent your country in the Olympic Games? I didn know. Nobody had told me. That was the first I had found out. Jules said he thought it would make me too nervous.
favorite memory it was to get my 18th Slam, he said of matching the record of Jack Nicklaus in golf. That was on the last day I played. in Killam on July 31, 1966, Martin competed in 12 Briers coming out of the most competitive area in all of curling from 1991 to 2013. The Old Bear, or K Mart, as he is known, won it in 1991, 1997, 2008 and 2009.
He skipped teams that became the first to win a million dollars and become the first to pass the $2 million mark.
At one point Martin went 24 consecutive Slam events in the money and won more Grand Slam events 18 including eight Players Championships titles than anybody in history and is generally credited for being the leader in creating the televised tour as it exists today.
His 2008 and 2009 teams went undefeated to win the provincials and the Brier and did the same at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.
I know that after the 2010 Olympics we didn lose any games for the rest of that season, he added.
Nobody has ever accomplished anything like that much less all that time after winning those first two Briers.
was quite the curling team. Now I been retired for four years and guess who is going to the Olympics? All three of them! Kennedy and Ben Hebert are returning to play with Kevin Koe and John Morris is representing Canada in the men doubles. And Martin is going to with NBC.
totally stoked about that. I sent a text to all three right after John won saying guys, we all going back to the Olympics! looks back now and sees that seven year old kid in Lougheed where his dad Ab used to take him to the two sheet rink to watch him curl.
would let me throw a few rocks when the game was over. I couldn get the rocks to the other end, but I watch the game while I waited to get the chance to throw those rocks, he said.
Then his dad made a deal with him.
told him as soon as he could get the rock down to the house at the other end of the rink that he could play on my men team, said Ab, who once made it to the final of the Viking Fridge which back then was a bigger deal than it probably sounds today.