1. Tying the record. It was Canada's 13th gold of the Games, with a chance for one more Sunday. Team Martin even called its shot, with second Marc Kennedy saying earlier in the week that "if we were the ones to make the difference for Canada to do it, that would be fantastic." Well ...
2. Wire-to-wire to go one step higher. Team Martin, with third John Morris, second Kennedy, lead Ben Hebert and alternate Adam Enright, was locked in during their entire 11-0 run. At times it seemed like they could have thrown stones left-handed between their legs and still hit the broom.
3. A chance to correct the comparison. The U.S. media seized on John Shuster's "Michael Jordan of curling" comment, but now it may be said Jack Nicklaus is a more apt comparison. Martin is the one of the best who's ever been, and rivals fear and worship him. Plus his nickname is "the Old Bear," while Jack was "the Golden Bear," so it's totally apt. Apt!
4. To taking chances! Martin overhauled his rink a few years ago to add Morris and front-enders Hebert and Kennedy. Don't cry for his former teammates, since his ex-second, Carter Rycroft, is playing the same position for Alberta in the Tim Hortons Brief Canadian men's championship next weekend in Halifax. That's right, more intense curling.
5. To firsts! Johnny Morris is the first player to win a World junior title, a World title and an Olympic gold medal.
Incidentally, his father, Earle Morris, very nearly went to the Games as the coach for Australia, which fell just short of qualifying. The elder Morris won't have too much time to rest. He coaches Ottawa's Rachel Homan, who is representing Canada at the World junior championships that begin next weekend in Flims, Switzerland.
6. Geographical representation! They won in B.C., play out of Alberta, include a native of Saskatchewan (Hebert) and a native of Manitoba who grew up in Ontario (Morris) and whose dad once represented Quebec in the Brier. Remember, last time was the East Coast's turn with Brad Gushue winning.
7. Superstitions pay off. Kennedy never changes his socks during a bonspiel. He can now. His teammates will thank him.
- Earle Morris