Martin leads Canada to opening win

By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER – It was a draw to the four foot for the win.

The same shot against the same country Kevin Martin missed to settle for silver instead of gold eight years ago in the final curling showdown of the Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games.

The only difference was that in Salt Lake it was an out turn. He was two inches heavy as Pal Trulsen became the gold-medal winner. This one required the in turn. It was perfect to beat Thomas Ulsrud 7-6.

Martin goes back at it tonight against Andy Kapp of Germany, who scored a 7-5 win over the USA.

Much has been made of Martin and defending world champion David Murdoch being on a collision course to the gold medal game this year, but the team from Great Britain lost a collision with Niklas Edin of Sweden in the opening draw.

Switzerland defeated Denmark in the other game.

Cheryl Bernard of Canada meets two-time Olympic silver medal winner Mirjam Ott of Switzerland this afternoon.

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