As another weekend of epic Tour battles are underway – in Vancouver, in Switzerland, in Calgary and elsewhere – the first webisode of Season of Champions TV hit the airwaves – er, webwaves – last night.
Following some technical difficulties, the entire show is available for viewing today.
The women went first, and during the following male segment,talk turned to the pressure of Olympic expectations.
Kevin Martin spoke about his 1992 Olympic demonstration experience, which proved to be a titanic struggle.
“We didn’t handle it well in 1992,” said Martin. “We were young, heading into our first Olympics. We didn’t handle the media very well. We didn’t really know what we were going in for, we didn’t really know what to expect. And boy, that’s not a good way to go into an event.”
Later, Martin revealed how mental gymnastics can directly affect a high-performance curler.
“And the stress really got to all of us,” said Martin. “I think I started (1991) at 207 (weight in pounds); I finished in 2002 at 167.
“That’s a lot of stress.”
Later, the roundtable of Martin, Randy Ferbey and Kevin Koe discussed some great shots made against each other. Martin praised two back-to-back shots made by Ferbey fourth-shooter David Nedohin against Martin at April’s Grey Power Players’ Championship – both of them 20-foot straight back “nutters”.