Kevin Martin finally gets a second chance to represent Canada at the Olympic in Salt Lake City. Martin, 34, of Edmonton was the runner-up to Ontario's surprising Mike Harris at the 1997 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in Brandon. He had entered the final a heavy favourite, but a loss continued a string of international disappointments.
Martin, the 1991 and 1997 Brier champion, wound up with a silver medal at the 1991 Worlds, lost the final to Scotland's David Smith, his only loss of the week. He finished fourth at the 1997 Worlds in Berne, Switzerland, after losing a semi-final to the eventual winner, Sweden's Peter Lindholm. He was also fourth at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, losing a semi-final to the eventual gold medalist, Urs Dick of Switzerland.
These struggles all began when he was the runner-up at the 1986 world juniors in Dartmouth, N.S., again suffering his only loss in the final.
His team will be one of the favourites, where he'll meet, amongst others, the current world champion Peter Lindholm and Scotland's 1999 world champion Hammy McMillan.
He'll be joined at the Games by: lead Don Bartlett, 29, of Spruce Grove, Alta.; second Carter Rycroft, 22, of Grande Prairie, Alta.; third Don Walchuk, 37, of Melville, Sask., and Ken Trainberg, 45, of St. Albert, Alta.