February 27, 2013
Curling has always been in Kevin Martin's blood
By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

Kevin Martin grew up throwing rocks from an early age and, now that a nagging hernia has been seen to, is ready to throw plenty more. (Amber Bracken/QMI Agency)

EDMONTON - When you are an Old Bear sitting in your rocking chair, you’ll remember stuff.

Kevin Martin, as he prepares his attempt to make history to become the first skip to win five Briers, knows he’ll remember his beginnings.

“You know how it started?” asked the 46-year-old skip.

“The smell. There’s no smell like a curling rink. Especially a small town curling rink. Smaller town the better.

“When you walk into the rink the first thing that hits you is the smell. Fresh pies and hamburgers. A curling rink smell. Hockey rinks don’t smell like that. I loved that curling rink smell.”

He liked the hamburgers and the pies, too.


He was six at the time. They’d just built a brand new curling rink in the east-central Alberta town of Lougheed.

Not a big one. A real small one. A two-sheeter. But the populace was proud of it. Everyone pitched in to get it built. And it had artificial ice! Everybody in the community worked on it. There were bingos. Farmers donated


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