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OLYMPICS - Martin wins Canada's record 13th gold medal

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Kevin Martin skipped Team Canada to a 6-3 win over Norway in the gold-medal match in Olympic curling tonight.

The gold-medal win sent the 6,000 red-clad partisan fans - including Prime Minister Stephen Harper - into a flag-waving frenzy, and provided a good measure of comfort to curling fans stinging somewhat from the Canadian women's settling for silver the night before.

With three rocks to play in the 10th end, Martin was forced to pause while the crowd serenaded his pending medal with O Canada.

Martin stole points in the fourth and fifth ends, then nabbed two in the seventh for a 5-2 lead over Thomas Ulsrud's crew.

Martin engaged his control game at that point, and the Canadians peeled Norwegian guards, frustrating the Norse attempts to build an end.

Team Canada - Martin skipping John Morris, Marc Kennedy and Ben Hebert - finished the Olympic draw without losing a match.

On top of gold for the Canadian men in long track Team Pursuit at the Richmond Olympic Oval; a gold in men's snowboard parallel giant slalom; and a bronze from the four-man bobsleigh crew, Canada's medal count sits at 25 - 13 gold, seven silver and five bronze.

The gold tally ties the most ever by a host country at a Winter Olympics. Canada can set the new standard Sunday at noon Pacific, when Canada plays the U.S. for gold in men's hockey.


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