© Guardian photo by Heather Taweel
Kevin Martin releases a shot during Thursday’s play at the Sun Life Financial Players’ Championship in Summerside.
TORONTO — Former Olympic curling champion Kevin Martin has announced his retirement.
The Edmonton skip will leave the sport to become a broadcast analyst for Sportsnet.
A four-time Brier champion, Martin won Olympic gold in Vancouver in 2010, and won the World Curling Championship in 2008.
He has 17 career Grand Slam wins.
“It has been an amazing run,” Martin said in a statement. “I am closing the chapter on my playing career in the sport of curling that has been so good to me.
“I can’t wait for what lies ahead in my new role with Sportsnet as we work together to elevate the sport to new heights, inspiring our curling youth.”