Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 05/9/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
FORMER Randy Ferbey team member Dave Nedohin has joined Edmonton skip Kevin Martin and given his bid at winning the Olympic curling trials new life.
"It puts us as one of the top teams again instantly," Martin said from Edmonton on Wednesday after the pair made their announcement.
"This is an exciting time for team Martin."
Nedohin replaces John Morris, who surprised many when he departed the Martin foursome late last month after seven years. Morris then announced he was joining B.C. skip Jim Cotter's team.
"Obviously in this situation, once the change in our team was inevitable, Dave was obviously our first choice for so many reasons," said Martin.
His shot-making ability was at the top of the list. Nedohin joined Ferbey in 1997 and throwing final rocks helped win four Briers and three world championships.
But he wasn't an easy catch.
After a year skipping his own rink following Ferbey's retirement, Nedohin suggested last month he was going to step back while wife Heather focused on her own Olympic trials bid.
Then came Morris's announcement, but initially Nedohin said he declined Martin's offer to return to the game.
Then his parents offered to help out with the child care while both he and Heather try to qualify for the Olympics.
The Roar of the Rings, where the berth will be decided, will be held in Winnipeg (Nedohin's hometown, and Morris's coincidentally) in December. The location was another bonus for Nedohin.
There is always a period of acclimatization when curlers join new rinks, but Martin says after so many years watching each other, even curling together in the odd celebrity event, Martin sees it being relatively short with Nedohin.
-- The Canadian Press
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 9, 2013 D8
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