Marc Kennedy

Marc Kennedy (born February 5, 1982) is a Canadian curler, and Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic gold medallist from St. Albert, Alberta.

Marc Kennedy
Born (1982-02-05) February 5, 1982
Team
Curling clubCommunity First CC,
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
SkipBrad Jacobs
ThirdMarc Kennedy
SecondE. J. Harnden
LeadRyan Harnden
AlternateLee Toner
Career
Brier appearances8 (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)
World Championship
appearances
3 (2008, 2009, 2016)
Olympic
appearances
2 (2010, 2018)
Top CTRS ranking1st (2006–07, 2007–08, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2015-16)
Grand Slam victories14: The National (Mar 2007, Dec. 2010, 2019);
Players (2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2018); Canadian Open (Jan 2007, Dec 2007, 2010); Tour Challenge (2015, 2019)

In 2019, Kennedy was named the greatest Canadian male second in history in a TSN poll of broadcasters, reporters and top curlers.[1]

Career

Kennedy was born in St. Albert, Alberta. He is a Canadian Winter Games champion[2] 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 at the 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.[3] The team played in the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, finishing third.

Following Kevin Martin's retirement from curling in 2014, Kennedy joined Team Kevin Koe at third. They played in their first Brier together in 2015, finishing with a 6-5 record, missing the playoffs. In December 2015, Kennedy, along with his teammates, claimed the first berth in the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials with their Canada Cup victory in Grande Prairie, AB. The team continued their winning ways that season by winning the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier and a gold medal at the 2016 World Men's Curling Championship. Representing Team Canada as defending champions, the team lost in the final of the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier.

The team would go on to win the 2017 Olympic Trials, and represented Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics, finishing fourth.

Following the 2017-18 season Kennedy announced he would be taking a break from competitive curling to heal injuries and focus on family. [4] He subsequently took a position as national team program performance consultant with Curling Canada.[5] He was invited to play third for team Brad Jacobs at the 2018 Canada Cup, to fill in for Ryan Fry, who took a couple of events off, following unsportsmanlike behaviour from an event he played in.[6] Kennedy's addition to the team worked out, and they would win the event.[7] Kennedy announced in March 2019 that he would join Team Jacobs to replace Ryan Fry for the next three curling seasons. [8] In their first event of the 2019-20 season, the 2019 AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic, Team Jacobs finished runner-up to John Epping.

Personal life

Kennedy is married to his wife Nicole Kennedy (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 a real estate agent for Sarasota Realty.[9] Kennedy is a Hec Gervais Scholarship winner, as well as a Can Fund recipient[10] He is also currently an MBA Student at the University of Alberta.[11] Marc and Nicole began a youth bonspiel in 2016 called the Marc Kennedy Junior Classic which is held in St. Albert and Edmonton. Going into its fifth year the spiel sees over 200 athletes participating (52 teams). The Bonspiel has seen a spin off program in 2018 (Over The Pond) introducing international teams selected through the Nordic Jr Curling Tour. Two Canadian teams are also selected and visit the year end event in Sweden.

Kennedy currently works as a coaching consultant for Curling Canada.[12]

Teams

SeasonSkipThirdSecondLeadEvents
1997–98Carter RycroftGlen KennedyMarc KennedyJason Lesmeister1998 CJCC
1998–99Jeff EricksonMarc KennedyKevin SkarbanKevin McNee1999 CJCC
1999–00Jeff EricksonMarc KennedyKevin SkarbanKevin McNee
2000–01Jeff EricksonMarc KennedyKevin SkarbanAaron Sarafinchan2001 CJCC
2001–02[13]Marc KennedyChris SchilleKevin SkarbanAaron Sarafinchan
2002–03[14]Chris SchilleMarc KennedySteven MeadowsStephen Jensen
2003–04John MorrisKevin KoeMarc KennedyPaul Moffatt2004 Alta., CC
2004–05John MorrisKevin KoeMarc KennedyPaul Moffatt2005 Alta., CC
2005–06John MorrisKevin KoeMarc KennedyPaul Moffatt2005 COCT, 2006 Alta., CC
2006–07Kevin MartinJohn MorrisMarc KennedyBen Hebert2007 Alta., CC, Brier
2007–08Kevin MartinJohn MorrisMarc KennedyBen Hebert2008 Alta., CC, Brier, WCC
2008–09Kevin MartinJohn MorrisMarc KennedyBen Hebert2009 Alta., CC, Brier, WCC
2009–10Kevin MartinJohn MorrisMarc KennedyBen Hebert2009 COCT, 2010 OG
2010–11Kevin MartinJohn MorrisMarc KennedyBen Hebert2010 CC, 2011 Alta., Brier
2011–12Kevin MartinJohn MorrisMarc KennedyBen Hebert2011 CC, 2012 Alta.
2012–13Kevin MartinJohn MorrisMarc KennedyBen Hebert2012 CC, 2013 Alta., Brier
2013–14Kevin MartinDavid NedohinMarc KennedyBen Hebert2013 COCT, 2014 Alta.
2014–15Kevin KoeMarc KennedyBrent LaingBen Hebert2014 CC, 2015 Alta., Brier
2015–16Kevin KoeMarc KennedyBrent LaingBen Hebert2015 CC, 2016 Alta., Brier, WCC
2016–17Kevin KoeMarc KennedyBrent LaingBen Hebert2016 CC, 2017 Brier
2017–18Kevin KoeMarc KennedyBrent LaingBen Hebert2017 COCT, 2018 OG
2018Brad Jacobs Marc KennedyE. J. HarndenRyan Harnden2018 CC (lone event)
2019–20Brad JacobsMarc KennedyE. J. HarndenRyan Harnden

Awards & Recognitions

  • Canadian Curling Championship First Team All Star(Second) 2007
  • Canadian Curling Championship First Team All Star(Second) 2008
  • World Curling Tour MVP 2008
  • Canadian Curling Championship First Team All Star(Second) 2009
  • University Of Alberta

Award of Excellence 2010

  • Canadian Curling Championship

First Team All Star(Second) 2011

  • Canadian Curling Championship Second Team All Star(Second) 2013
  • Canadian Curling Championship Second Team All Star(Second) 2015
  • TSN Top Male Second Of All Time 2019
  • TSN #8 Top Male Player Of All Time 2019

References

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