Martin makes it two-for-two

Canadian skip joins Bernard in going for gold

By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency



VANCOUVER – Did Kevin Martin get to the gold medal game in men's curling when he and his teammates were at the Canada-Russia hockey game Wednesday night?

You could make a case that's the way it worked out for the Edmonton skip who will go for gold Saturday.

While he was watching the hockey game, Niklas Edin of Sweden upset world champion David Murdoch of Great Britain in a tie-breaker game. Murdoch, who beat Martin three times at those world championships last year, was out of the tournament. And Edin was in. And Edin couldn't handle the big stage in the semi-finals when he got there Thursday.

When was the last time a skip made such spectacularly bad decisions followed by such phenomenally bad shots with such bombastically bad results in such a big game?

It ended up a 6-3 win for Martin and a date in the gold medal game. The win gave Canada teams in both curling gold medal games, Calgary's Cheryl Bernard defeating Mirjam Ott in the morning to advance against Anette Norberg of Sweden in the women's event.

Martin, forced to take one with hammer on the second end, managed to get into a major mess in the third with miss after miss after miss.

Kennedy missed one.

Morris missed two.

And Martin missed his first one.

It was a great escape to give up only one in the end which featured 11 rocks in the house.

Out of jail, Martin was forced to take one for a 2-1 lead in the fourth.

Then Edin gave the game away.

Attempting a narrow angle double Edin wrecked on a guard and gave Martin a steal of two and a 4-1 lead at the fifth end break. Then, attempting a triple take out, he missed again to give Martin a steal of two more and a 6-1 lead. Martin doesn't give up too many 4-1 leads.

And he wasn't going to give up this one with a chance to avenge being to inches heavy on that never-to-be-forgotten out-turn draw with his last rock to make Pal Trulsen of Norway a gold medal winner at Salt Lake 2002.

Martin now has the chance to get the gold which would make all of the talk old about being one title for two Olympics (including demonstration sport Albertville) and four world championships – the 2008 Worlds in Grand Forks, N.D..

terry.jones@sunmedia.ca

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