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Marc Kennedy

Canadian Olympic Medal Count

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Biography

Marc Kennedy was the second on the team skipped by Kevin Martin that went undefeated en route to Olympic gold at Vancouver 2010. He had played alongside Martin, third John Morris and lead Ben Hebert since the 2006-07 season. They won back-to-back Brier titles in 2008 and 2009, winning the world title in 2008 followed by world championship silver the next year.

After the 2013-14 season, Kennedy and Hebert joined forces with skip Kevin Koe and second Brent Laing, shifting Kennedy into the third position. After finishing fifth at the 2015 Brier, they won their first national title together in 2016, going on to win the world title. As Team Canada, they were the runners-up at the 2017 Brier to Team Gushue.  

At the 2017 Canadian Curling Trials. Team Koe finished atop the round robin standings to earn the bye into the final, where they defeated Team Mike McEwen. At PyeongChang 2018, they posted a 6-3 record in the round robin to get into the playoffs. But after dropping the semifinal to Team USA, they also came up short against Switzerland in the bronze medal game, finishing fourth overall.  

After his second Olympic appearance, Kennedy announced he was taking a break from competitive curling to allow some injuries to heal. He began working for Curling Canada as a national team program performance consultant. In December 2018, he filled in for Ryan Fry at third on Team Brad Jacobs at the Canada Cup and they ended up winning the tournament. In March 2019, they officially made the change to have Kennedy at third fulltime.

The new-look Team Jacobs won three straight Grand Slam events in 2019-20 and made it to the 3-4 page playoff game at the 2020 Brier.

A Little More About Marc

Getting into the Sport: Introduced to curling by his father at age 6 and started competing at age 12… His father was his early coach and his brother was an early teammate… Outside Interests: Graduated from the University of Alberta in 2005 with a Bachelor of Commerce… Works as a real estate agent… Enjoys playing golf, running, road biking… Odds and Ends: Had his dream of competing for Canada sparked by two key moments: Kevin Martin winning the 1997 Brier and Sandra Schmirler winning Olympic gold at Nagano 1998… Favourite motto: Treat others the way you would like to be treated… Nickname: Kenbear… Not very superstitious but never messes with a win streak; if the team is hot he won’t change anything (food, route to the arena, etc) he’s doing…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
Vancouver 2010 CurlingMenGold
PyeongChang 2018CurlingMen4

Notable International Results

Olympic Winter Games: 2018  4th; 2010 – GOLD

WCF World Championships: 2016 – GOLD; 2009 – SILVER; 2008 – GOLD