In this April 7, 2009, file photo, Canada's skip Kevin Martin follows a shot against Switzerland as Marc Kennedy, left, and Ben Hebert sweep at the men's world curling championship in Moncton, New Brunswick. // Kevin Martin, curling (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Andrew Vaughan, File)

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In this April 7, 2009, file photo, Canada's skip Kevin Martin follows a shot against Switzerland as Marc Kennedy, left, and Ben Hebert sweep at the men's world curling championship in Moncton, New Brunswick.

If hockey is Canada's game, then curling certainly isn't far behind. Whoever represents Canada in any tournament is automatically considered a gold-medal favourite - and Kevin Martin is no exception heading into the Olympics. Going into the Roar of the Rings in Edmonton last month, either Martin or Glen Howard were expected emerge victorious and earn the right to represent Canada in Vancouver. The veteran Martin prevailed and now will feel that pressure to succeed at home. Surely Martin hopes to atone for his silver medal in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and keep the good times rolling from Brad Gushue's gold in Turin.