Martin walks away in first

By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER -- Kevin Martin was actually walking through the media zone when he clinched first in the round-robin portion of the Olympic curling bonspiel.

That's when Norway's Thomas Ulsrud came up short with a 10th-end draw against Niklas Edin of Sweden to give up a steal and lose his second game of the event.

Ulsrud lost the other match to Martin.

If the two teams tied, Martin would get first place.

Martin had just made a last rock draw to the button to beat Ralph Stoeckli of Switzerland 6-4 and stretch his record to 7-0 in the nine-game schedule and guarantee last rock advantage in Thursday's semifinal.

Goal achieved

"Obviously that was the goal," the Edmonton skip said.

The win rendered the rest of Canada's games meaningless. They play 2-5 USA on Monday and 1-5 China on Tuesday. Wednesday is reserved for tiebreakers.

"We just have to keep things on track," Martin said.

There's a lot of down time in there now.

"That's OK. There are some great hockey games to watch," second Marc Kennedy said.

Third John Morris also had plans.

"I'll hit the gym, go to other events and spend some time with other athletes in the village," he said.

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