John Morris splits from Team Kevin Martin

Alberta third John Morris, left, and skip Kevin Martin wait between ends during the 2013 Tim...

Alberta third John Morris, left, and skip Kevin Martin wait between ends during the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday, March 7, 2013. (Codie McLachlan/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 9:42 PM ET

The curling marriage between Kevin Martin and John Morris has come to an end.

Morris is leaving the Alberta-based team skipped by Martin after seven sometimes-challenging years, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the Canadian Curling Association.

"As much as we've all tried very hard to find a way to fight back and get better, in the end it was obvious that we needed a change," Morris said in the statement. "Myself and Kevin were no longer thriving in our back-end role like we did in our 2010 Olympic gold-medal run. I have always been a very driven and intense athlete and right now, in this situation, I feel my passion and love for the game of curling is not where it needs to be. As a result, it is with a very heavy heart that I will be stepping down as my role of third on Team Martin."

With Martin, second Marc Kennedy and lead Ben Hebert staying together, the team will keep its direct-entry berth in the Canadian Olympic curling trials Dec. 1-8 in Winnipeg. The Martin riink got into the qualifier, which will determine Canada's representative at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia, by winning the 2011 Capital One Canada Cup of Curling.


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