By Brandon Hicks, CBC Sports

Kevin Martin

One of the greatest curling skips in history had to wait eight long years for another shot at elusive Olympic gold. And when he got another chance at it in Vancouver, he wasn’t going to be denied. Martin and his rink went a perfect 11-0 in the Olympic tournament, outscoring opponents 87-42 over that span, and capped it all off by cruising to a 6-3 win over Norway in the gold-medal game.

What is he up to? If you think he’s going to rest on his laurels after finally winning Olympic gold, think again. He and his Edmonton-based rink have already won nearly every curling honour you can think of, but they are determined to defend their Olympic title in four years in Sochi.

For now, Martin and his rink of Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert and John Morris, will busy themselves with the Grand Slam of Curling season.

Oh, and also make guest spots on CBC’s curling-themed sitcoms.

Martin, dubbed “The Old Bear,” is targeting 18 Grand Slam victories – the equivalent of Jack Nicklaus’ (The “Golden Bear”) total number of golf majors. He’s on 15 right now. But he came up short at the World Cup of Curling over the weekend, as his rink was eliminated in the quarter-finals.

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