Canada’s Kevin Martin latest inductee to World Curling Hall of Fame

  • World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness and Canada's Kevin Martin © WCF / Richard Gray

The World Curling Federation has inducted Canada’s Kevin Martin, into the World Curling Hall of Fame at the 361º World Men’s Curling Championship 2018, in the city of entertainment, Las Vegas, United States.

An Olympic gold medallist in Vancouver, in 2010, Martin was the first Canadian curler to represent his country at more than one Olympic Winter Games. Martin competed at the 1992 Albertville Olympics in France, where curling was a demonstration sport and at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, where he took home a silver medal.

He also has a World Men's Curling Championship title to his name, from Grand Forks, United States in 2008 and World Men's silver medals from Moncton, Canada in 2009 and Winnipeg, Canada in 1991. Martin won silver at the World Junior Curling Championship in Dartmouth, Canada in 1986. Also, in this impressive tally he won 18 grand slam titles during his career.

On top of that, he is the only Canadian athlete to win the Tim Horton’s Brier – Canada’s national men’s championship – back-to-back unbeaten, with a perfect tally of 30 games between 2008 and 2009. That run was ended by the skip representing Canada in Las Vegas this week, Brad Gushue.

Martin’s induction took place in the Orleans Arena prior to the tenth session of round-robin play at the world curling championship.

Martin said: “It means a great deal [to be inducted]. It is a very tight group and to be included with all the greats over the years it means a lot to me. It is a lot of years of hard work that enables somebody to have this opportunity, so I am very thankful for it.

“I like the fact that it’s not just curlers, it’s also builders – people who have run the game over the years. That’s what means the most to me. It is not so much being tied in with just players. It’s with the legends of the game – building the game and players are an important part of that, but only just a piece.”

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