Kevin Martin adds Brad Gushue to trials lineup

Kevin Martin has bolstered his lineup in time for the Olympic curling trials. (Codie McLachlan/QMI...

Kevin Martin has bolstered his lineup in time for the Olympic curling trials. (Codie McLachlan/QMI Agency)

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:19 PM ET

EDMONTON - Kevin Martin has found somebody to watch his back.

The defending Olympic curling champion has recruited Brad Gushue as the fifth man for December’s Olympic trials.

Martin and his team first mulled the possibility of approaching Gushue when they were driving home from a World Curling Tour event in Saskatoon on Oct. 1.

Martin had collapsed with back pain during the event semifinal, prompting some concern Martin would not be able to answer the bell for the Dec. 1 trials in Winnipeg.

“It wasn’t my decision as much as it was a team decision,” said Martin. “At the time, I was in a lot of pain and it was a terrible drive.

“I don’t think it was a bad decision. Obviously, Brad is happy to be playing.”

When Martin called up Gushue, the 2006 Olympic gold medallist was still in the hunt for a trials berth.


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