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Olympic gold medallist, 4-time Brier champ Martin named to Canadian Curling Hall of Fame

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OTTAWA - Kevin Martin, one of the most successful skips in Canadian curling history, will be inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame later this year.

The Edmonton native led Canada to a gold medal in men's curling at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He also won four Canadian titles and a world championship over his career.

Martin, who announced his retirement from competitive curling in April, won a record 18 events on the World Curling Tour Grand Slam series, including his career-capping victory last month at the Players' Championship in Summerside, P.E.I.

"It really is a thrill to be named to the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame and be mentioned with some of my curling heroes," Martin said in a release. "The sport of curling has taken me around the world and I've met some truly wonderful people and had some amazing experiences, while also being blessed with gifted teammates over the years who helped me achieve this. Being named to the Hall of Fame is a great way to cap a career, and I'm grateful for the honour."

Martin will be inducted along with Dominion Insurance chief executive officer George Cooke, who was the driving force behind the creation Dominion Curling Club Championship (now the Travelers Curling Club Championship) in 2009.

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