Originating in 16th century Scotland, curling is a popular Olympic sport among many. It consists of many complex rules as well as odd choices of equipment. Brooms and large blocks of stone are used in this ancient sport. More commonly known as “The Old Bear” or “K Mart,” The Legendary player in Curling is none other than Kevin Martin. Kevin Martin is a retired Canadian curler who is a four-time world, Olympic and Canadian champion. He is among many current and former players of curling, to be the best player of all time. Known for his rivalries with other famous players such as Randy Ferbey and Jeff Stoughton, Kevin martin maintained a 30-year dedication to his curling career, during which he scored four Briers, a world championship and a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in 2010. He also embarked on a World Curling Tour, on which he earned 15 Grand Slam titles. Throughout the course of his career, Kevin Martin, served as a major influence to others for the development of curling, causing it to establish a competitive tier in the sport itself. Competitions and high-level curling events were also established due to this legendary player.
The Influence of His Father
The origins as to how Kevin Martin became the most popular and legendary member of curling history is due to his father. As the vice present of his local curling club, Martin began at an early age to curl. He was first introduced to the curling scene when his team consisting of Richard Feeney, Dan Petryk and Michael Berger succeeded to bring home the trophy from the 1985 Canadian junior championship. Shortly after winning the junior championships, Martin accompanied the Canadian team as an alternate player to the 1985 World Junior Curling Championships. Five years into the aftermath of winning the world junior championships, Kevin Martin formed a newer team and won one of his first provincial championships. This helped them move into the next round and also help them qualify for the 1991 Labatt Brier. During this tense competition, Martin’s team tied with Saskatchewan for the lead. Which then also led martin’s team to knock off British Columbia during the semi-finals. However, the team was beaten in the finals by Scotland player, David Smith, and the scores were 2 – 7 which led to a sound defeat.
Rising to the Top
The performance displayed at the tournament, however, helped Martin to earn him a spot in the 1992 winter Olympics during a time when curling was a demonstrative sport and was not as competitive as it is in recent times. Martin won three of his rounds of games but lost to Switzerland and the United States. It was in 1997 that Martin looked to represent his country, Canada once again. The winter Olympics of 1998 would mark as the first time that curling would be classified as an official medal sport at the Olympics. At the trials, Martin’s team finished with a 6 – 3 wining score; however, he soon lost to Mike Harris in the finals and was not able to make it back to the Brier for the following years.