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  • Team Gushue and Team Jones are your Canadian Olympic reps and the guys discuss the thrilling week at the trials. Warren wraps up the European Championships with Scotland sweeping gold in both men’s and women’s play and the surprise of Switzerland missing the final four.

    The trials are also the focus of our Hot Rock Topic as the U.S. uses a best-of-three final to determine the champions. Should Canada follow suit? Warren explains why it wouldn’t work north of the border. The boys also look at if a draw to the button covering the pin should be worth two points in our Mailbag segment and Warren shares the history of the “Manitoba tuck” slide in Storytime (58:00).

    Joan McCusker is our guest (27:00) to talk about winning Olympic gold in 1998, what it takes to prepare for the “roller-coaster” of the Winter Games, the importance of an inner circle support group, how Canadians can compete with full-time international teams, and her friendship on and off the ice with skip Sandra Schmirler. McCusker also shares how she transitioned into broadcasting, coaching Team Scheidegger, plus the key to working with Kevin in the booth.

    This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen and Jonathan Brazeau, mixed by Mike Rogerson, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen and Jim Jerome. Production support by Amil Delic.

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

  • As the playoff picture becomes clearer at the Canadian Olympic trials, Kevin and Warren give their thoughts on how things are shaking down in Saskatoon. While over in Lillehammer at the European Championships, it is Scotland leading the way on both the men’s and women’s side while a usual contender has stumbled.

    Leading up the trials, Kevin chatted with a pair of top teams vying for the chance to represent Canada at the Olympics. Brad Gushue and Mark Nichols as well as Brad Jacobs and Marc Kennedy spoke about how they are preparing to be at peak performance when it came time to compete at the trials.

    This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen, mixed by Andrew Holland, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen and Jim Jerome. Production support by Amil Delic.

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

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  • As the Canadian Olympic Trials continue, Kevin updates everyone on his time in Omaha at the U.S. Olympic Trials, the guys answer a really interesting mailbag question, and Warren tells us how the name “Roar of the Rings” came about in our storytime segment.

    Tabitha Peterson joins the podcast to talk about her big win at the U.S. Olympic Trials, what it means to her and her team to represent the U.S. at the Olympics, the eventful night that followed the win, scouting other teams going into the Olympics, having a Canadian as their coach, and what she is looking forward to most at the Olympics Games.

    This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen, mixed by Andrew Holland, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen and Jim Jerome. Production support by Amil Delic.

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

  • The Canadian Olympic Curling Trials are underway and Kevin had the opportunity with Rachel Homan and Emma Mishew about their preparation leading up to the trials, how their friendship has grown over the years and they give their thoughts on the potential rule changes.

    This podcast is produced by Kevin Martin and Amil Delic, mixed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Kevin Martin and Jim Jerome. Production support by Mike Rogerson.

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

  • With the Olympic trials underway in the U.S. and just around the corner in Canada, Kevin and Warren discuss who has emerged as the top contenders south of the border plus a breakdown of Sports Interaction's odds for the favourites and underdogs to wear the Maple Leaf at the Beijing Winter Games.

    Our Hot Rocks Topic takes aim at the Canadian Olympic trials process and what more can be done to prepare teams to take on the rest of the world and the guys don’t pull any punches with their assessment of the current system! Stick around for Storytime as Kevin shares the hilarious tale of how Don Walchuk acquired ice for their drinks during the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.

    Former world champion and five-time Scotties Tournament of Hearts winner Cathy Overton-Clapham is our guest this week to talk about transitioning to coaching, what it’s like working with Cory Christensen’s team, her thoughts on the new rules being tested at the world championships plus a bit of communication breakdown during her time as a super spare with Eve Muirhead’s team.

    This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen and Amil Delic, mixed by Andrew Holland, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen and Jim Jerome. Production and social support by Jonathan Brazeau.

    Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

  • The guys discuss the Pacific-Asia Championship, the Canadian Mixed Championship and the Stu Sells Classic in Halifax. Plus, Kevin sits down with Tabitha Peterson and Becca Hamilton (12:00) to talk about the USA Olympic trials, the challenges in curling in both the mixed doubles event and the women’s event, and the potential rule changes.

    This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen and Jonathan Brazeau, mixed by Andrew Holland, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen and Jim Jerome.

    Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

  • A thrilling week of curling has wrapped up at the Boost National and Kevin and Warren share their thoughts on the second Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event of the season. We also get you all caught up on Pacific-Asia curling championships and the Canadian mixed curling championship plus look ahead to the USA Curling Olympic trials and who the favourites are to win.

    Our Hot Rocks Topic discusses Jennifer Jones’s team utilizing a five-player rotation and why such a concept should become more common in the future. We dig into the Mailbag to address how to get younger teams more involved in playdowns and our Storytime segment reflects on the 1980 Brier when players received two purple hearts.

    This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen and Jonathan Brazeau, mixed by Andrew Holland, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen and Jim Jerome.

    Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

  • The BOOST National Grand Slam event is underway in Chestermere, Alberta and the guys have all the details from the tournament. The guys then chat about world rankings, players to watch, and they explain how American curling fans view the game differently than Canadian fans. Plus, Jennifer Jones and Kaitlyn Lawes join the podcast (19:00) to talk about their preparation for the Olympic Trials, the depth of talent on their team, and the potential rule changes.

    This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen, mixed by Amil Delic, recorded by Andrew Holland, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen and Jim Jerome.

    Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

  • The guys take a look at the pre-trials that were held this past weekend, Kevin chats about his experience in Eveleth, Minnesota where he covered the USA Mixed Doubles Olympic Trails and Warren provides an update on the World Wheelchair Curling Championship. Plus, they also preview the BOOST National, the second Grand Slam of Curling event of the season in Chestermere, Alberta, give their favourites going into the tournament and talk burnt rocks in their Hot Rock Topics segment. And stick around for storytime at the end of the podcast as Kevin spins some yarn.

    Tanner Horgan joins the podcast (33:00) to talk about winning the pre-trials tournament in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, earning his team the final spot at the Olympic trials in Saskatoon. He also discusses his growth and maturity, how he joined the team, what should younger teams do to get ahead, the love of curling in his family (his sister is Tracy Fleury while his brother Jacob is on his team), how curling broadcasts helped him learn the game, the best way to build a university curling program, and how Canada should develop young curlers.

    This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen, mixed by Andrew Holland, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen and Jim Jerome. Additional editing support by Amil Delic.

    Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

  • It’s another busy week in the curling world! Warren gets you all caught up on the Canadian Curling Pre-Trials with his favourites to win as the event heads into the home stretch plus Kevin shares the latest on the USA mixed doubles Olympic trials and Americas Challenge.

    Bruce Mouat and Grant Hardie join the show (23:00) as Kevin caught up with the Scottish duo during the Masters. Bruce and Grant share their thoughts on playing in front of fans again, being named to the British Olympic team and heading to Beijing as the favourites, their off-ice preparation, adding extra rotation when they throw their stones, how to grow the mixed doubles game, and the three rules the World Curling Federation will be testing at the men’s and women’s worlds.

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    This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen and Jonathan Brazeau, mixed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen and Jim Jerome.

    Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

  • The Masters has come to a close and Kevin and Warren share their thoughts about the thrilling first event to the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season. The guys also look ahead to this week’s Americas Challenge, with Canada’s Team Bottcher taking on Mexico and Brazil for a spot in the men’s worlds, plus the U.S. mixed doubles Olympic trials. Speaking of the Olympics, stick around for Story Time at the end of the show as Warren tells the tale about how he helped get curling into the Winter Olympics.

    Fresh off of a successful title defence at the Masters, Tracy Fleury joins the show (31:30) to talk about her team’s championship victory. Fleury also discusses how her team is gearing up for the Olympic Trials, training in Sudbury while her teammates live in Manitoba, plus her thoughts on the no-tick zone rule that was in effect at the Masters and more.

    This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen & Jonathan Brazeau, mixed by Andrew Holland, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen and Jim Jerome. Additional editing support by Amil Delic.

    Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

  • It’s the first Grand Slam event of the year in Oakville, Ontario. The guys recap (00:01) all the happenings from the Masters and give their favourites going into the weekend.

    Plus, Kevin sits down with Anna Hasselborg and Agnes Knochenhauer (15:30) to talk about their training regimen going into the season, competing in an Olympic year, the potential rule changes proposed by the World Curling Federation and what their coach, Wayne Middaugh, brings to their team.

    This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen and Amil Delic, mixed by Andrew Hollands, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen and Jim Jerome. Additional editing support by Amil Delic.

    Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

  • GSOC season is now upon us and Kevin gets us all set up providing his picks to win the Masters. Our segment taking aim at the Canadian Olympic Trials last week raised a few interesting questions amongst our fanbase and we take a look at some of your feedback in our Mailbag. Stick around until the end of the show for “Storytime” as Kevin and Warren reflect on 2001 when our co-hosts clashed during the formation of the GSOC and the Brier boycott.

    Reigning Brier champion Brendan Bottcher is our special guest (29:00) to talk about how his team has been preparing for the upcoming Masters and Americas Challenge. Bottcher also shares his thoughts on what he likes — and doesn’t like — about the new rules the World Curling Federation will be testing at the men’s and women’s worlds later this season.

    This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen & Jonathan Brazeau, mixed by Andrew Holland, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen and Jim Jerome. Additional editing and production support by Amil Delic.

    Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

  • We’re back! Season two of the podcast kicks off with a roundup of the latest from the tour with all of the top teams in action including some surprising results at the prestigious Autumn Gold Curling Classic in Calgary. Our Hot Rocks and Mailbag topics tackle Canada’s confusing Olympic selection process for Beijing 2022 and Kevin and Warren discuss if the pre-trials and pre-pre-trials events are even necessary for ensuring the best teams end up going to the Winter Games.

    The World Curling Federation announced recently they’ll be testing new rules at the men’s and women’s world championships later this season. Graham Prouse (24:00), WCF vice president of the Americas, joins us to talk about the decision process behind changing thinking time to a per end basis, banning tick shots when the five-rock rule is in effect and having draw-to-the-button shootouts rather than extra ends to break ties during round-robin play. Kevin and Warren also offer their thoughts and how these rules will alter the pace of play issues and could help make the game more appealing to newer audiences.

    This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen and Jonathan Brazeau, edited and mixed by Andrew Holland, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen and Jim Jerome. Additional production and editing support by Amil Delic.

    Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

  • We begin this week’s show discussing the news about the Tam Heather Curling Club in Toronto receiving funding from all three levels of government and how it brings hope for clubs that are struggling with finances. The 2021 world mixed curling championship was cancelled but not because of COVID-19 and Kevin and Warren wonder if the future of the event is in doubt. We also wrap up the season weighing in on our hottest topics one more time and answer your emails about players switching positions in mixed doubles and the effectiveness of carving.

    Pete Steski was an integral part of the original players association and is now looking to restart the organization. We chat with Pete about the challenges with getting a new players association off the ground, the issues curlers are facing with regards to sponsorship cresting on uniforms and scheduling of events, trying to get all of the major stakeholders of the game together in one room plus changing the direction of the tour.

    This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen and Jonathan Brazeau, mixed and sounded designed by Andrew Holland, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen, and Jim Jerome. Additional editing support by Amil Delic.

    Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

  • Kevin and Warren clear up some confusion from last week’s episode about the differences between touching running and stationary stones plus why ending games early in high-performance events is problematic compared to the recreational level. We also answer a few fan questions about players caught swearing on a hot mic, why teams still raise brooms after bad shots and more.

    Goldline Curling president Erin Flowers joins to talk about her company’s new United We Curl broom series designed to promote diversity and inclusion in the sport. We discuss what sparked the initiative, the reaction from curlers and fans, and the importance of listening to the lived experiences of the racialized community. Flowers also shares how Goldline Curling has weathered the storm through the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the company’s future relies on the grassroots game.

    This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen and Jonathan Brazeau, mixed and sounded designed by Andrew Holland, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen, and Jim Jerome. Additional editing support by Amil Delic.

    Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

  • Curling clubs in Saskatoon are seeking financial relief due to sharp property tax increases and Kevin and Warren weigh in with potential solutions to increase revenue streams. We’re nine months away from the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics yet Sweden has already selected their curling teams with Oskar Eriksson set to play men’s and mixed doubles. The guys share their thoughts on allowing Eriksson to compete in both disciplines as well as the advantages of picking teams now.

    We dig into our mailbag to answer your burning questions about clearing up the rules regarding burned stones plus whether or not teams should be allowed to concede games early in major tournaments.

    This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen and Jonathan Brazeau, mixed and sounded designed by Andrew Holland, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen, and Jim Jerome. Additional editing support by Amil Delic.

    Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

  • We kick off this week’s episode discussing the latest inductees into the World Curling Federation’s Hall of Fame and Warren provides a behind-the-scenes look at the selection process. Curling Canada has had a couple interesting departures from their board that raised some red flags with our guys. Kevin and Warren also offer their perspective on tennis star Naomi Osaka’s decision to not take part in press conferences due to mental health issues and how this can lead to discussions across all sports about the relationship between athletes and the media.

    Abby Deschene is a rising star from Sudbury and part of the Northern Ontario Curling Association’s new Youth Advisory Committee. Deschene joins the show to chat about her role as well as her concerns with Curling Canada’s under-20 championships, ways to recruit newcomers, rebranding the image of the sport to appeal to Gen Z, remodelling junior programs, and more.

    This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen and Jonathan Brazeau, mixed and sounded designed by Andrew Holland, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen and Jim Jerome. Additional sound engineering by Amil Delic.

    Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

  • Are other countries improving on the world stage because they’re hiring Canadian coaches? Kevin and Warren weigh in on the hot topic as some curling fans believe it shouldn’t happen. We’ve also finally made it to the end of the curling season with the conclusion of the USA Curling national championships, the guys share their closing thoughts and offer insight into the summer routine for curlers.

    Three-time world champion Wayne Middaugh is this week’s guest to chat about his remarkable return to the Brier, why he really liked this year’s format, the strategy behind his aggressive style of skipping, his way of putting aside bad performances, plus fitting in as coach of Sweden’s Team Hasselborg. Middaugh also answers some questions from our listeners and shares his funniest story from his playing days.

    This podcast is produced by Warren Hansen, mixed and sounded designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Kevin Martin, Warren Hansen and Jim Jerome. Additional editing support by Andrew Holland.

    Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

  • The world mixed doubles championship has come to a close, Kevin and Warren share their final thoughts including takeaways from Canada’s performance and the potential for growth of the sport on tour. The guys also address the buzz on our Facebook group about the need for Tier 2 development and getting younger teams into major […]