Marc Kennedy

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Marc Kennedy
Curler
Born (1982-02-05) February 5, 1982 (age 32)
St. Albert, Alberta
Team
Curling club The Glencoe Club,
Calgary, Alberta
Skip Kevin Koe
Third Marc Kennedy
Second Brent Laing
Lead Ben Hebert
Career
Brier appearances 5 (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013)
Top CCA ranking 1st (2006–07, 2007–08, 2009-10, 2010-11)
Grand Slam victories 9: The National (Mar 2007, Dec. 2010);
Players (2004, 2007, 2010, 2014);
Canadian Open (Jan 2007, Dec 2007, 2010)

Marc Kennedy (born February 5, 1982 in St. Albert, Alberta) is a Canadian curler, and Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic gold medalist from St. Albert, Alberta. Kennedy currently plays second for Kevin Martin.

Career[edit]

Kennedy is a Canadian Winter Games champion[1] and three-time provincial junior champion. He won his first provincial men's championship with Kevin Martin in 2007. As a junior he played second for Carter Rycroft at the 1998 Canadian Junior Curling Championships and played third for Jeff Erickson 1999 and 2001 Canadian Juniors.

In 2003 Kennedy was an alternate for the 2003 Winter Universiade gold medal winning team from Brandon University skipped by Mike McEwen.

After 2-time World Junior Champion John Morris moved to Alberta in 2003, Kennedy joined his team at second position. In 2004, they lost the Canada Cup final to Randy Ferbey.

In 2006, both Morris and Kennedy joined 2-time Brier champion Kevin Martin on his new team.

In 2008, Kennedy won the Brier and the World Championships as a member of the team. They repeated their Brier win in 2009 going undefeated for a second straight year and setting a record for consecutive Brier games won (26) previously held by the Ferbey foursome.

In 2010, Kennedy won an Olympic Gold Medal in Vancouver with Kevin Martin, John Morris and Ben Hebert as Team Canada defeated Thomas Ulsrud of Norway 6-3 in the Gold Medal Game.

After a win at the Alberta provincials, Kennedy headed with Team Martin to the 2011 Tim Hortons Brier. They went through the round robin with a 9-2 win-loss record, and lost the page 3 vs. 4 playoff game to Ontario and the bronze medal game to Newfoundland/Labrador. Kennedy left the Brier prior to the bronze medal game because he and his wife were expecting a new child.

In 2013, Kennedy and Team Martin won the Alberta provincials with a close win over Kevin Koe, to earn a berth in the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier in their hometown Edmonton. On the first day, Kennedy won the Ford Hot Shots skills and shot-making competition that precedes the start of round-robin play.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Kennedy is married to his wife Nicole (née MacDonald), and they have two daughters.

Kennedy has a marketing degree from the University of Alberta. He was a franchise owner for M&M Meat Shops until he sold his business in 2012 to focus more on curling. He currently works as an RBC Olympic Ambassador.[3]

He is also a CAN Fund Recipient.[4]

Teams[edit]

From left: Kevin Martin, John Morris, Kennedy, Ben Hebert
Season Skip Third Second Lead Events
2003–04 John Morris Kevin Koe Marc Kennedy Paul Moffatt 2004 Alta., CC
2004–05 John Morris Kevin Koe Marc Kennedy Paul Moffatt 2005 Alta., CC
2005–06 John Morris Kevin Koe Marc Kennedy Paul Moffatt 2005 COCT, 2006 Alta., CC
2006–07 Kevin Martin John Morris Marc Kennedy Ben Hebert 2007 Alta., CC, Brier
2007–08 Kevin Martin John Morris Marc Kennedy Ben Hebert 2008 Alta., CC, Brier, WCC
2008–09 Kevin Martin John Morris Marc Kennedy Ben Hebert 2009 Alta., CC, Brier, WCC
2009–10 Kevin Martin John Morris Marc Kennedy Ben Hebert 2009 COCT, 2010 OG
2010–11 Kevin Martin John Morris Marc Kennedy Ben Hebert 2010 CC, 2011 Alta., Brier
2011–12 Kevin Martin John Morris Marc Kennedy Ben Hebert 2011 CC, 2012 Alta.
2012–13 Kevin Martin John Morris Marc Kennedy Ben Hebert 2012 CC, 2013 Alta., Brier
2013–14 Kevin Martin David Nedohin Marc Kennedy Ben Hebert 2013 COCT, 2014 Alta.
2014–15 Kevin Koe Marc Kennedy Brent Laing Ben Hebert

Awards[edit]

  • Canadian Curling Championship First Team All Star 2007
  • Canadian Curling Championship First Team All Star 2008
  • World Curling Tour MVP 2008
  • Canadian Curling Championship First Team All Star 2009
  • Canadian Curling Championship First Team All Star 2011
  • Canadian Curling Championship Second Team All Star 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ Canada Games Athletes search
  2. ^ O'Leary, Chris (March 2, 2013). "Marc Kennedy wins Ford Hot Shots skills competition - See more at: http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/03/02/marc-kennedy-wins-ford-hot-shots-skills-competition/#sthash.LB123Gse.dpuf". The Edmonton Journal. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Martin crew second Marc Kennedy has compiled All-Star career at Brier". Edmonton Sun. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.canadianathletesnow.ca/2008-2009-recipient-bios/marc-kennedy.html

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