Kevin Martin beat a familiar curling foe Sunday to move one step closer to an Olympic trials berth.
The veteran skip scored four points in the second end of the men's final at the Players' Championship in Calgary and hung on for a 6-4 victory over Kevin Koe's Edmonton rink.
"That was our 12th game against Koe's team and our fourth final against him," a beaming Martin said after securing his fifth Players' title.
For the victory, Martin pocketed $26,000, while Kevin Park walked away with $15,000. Koe, whose wife had a baby on the weekend, gave way to Park for the final.
Martin, who defeated Pat Simmons in the semifinal, won an Olympic silver medal in 2002.
In Saturday's women's championship, Jennifer Jones came back from a 5-2 disadvantage to force an extra end and then stole two to close it out for a 8-6 win over long-time rival Kelly Scott at the Stampede Corral.
Only two teams had a chance to clinch one of the sweet 16 spots up for grabs in the 2009 Olympic curling trials. Eight spots are available for both the men and women.
Canadian and world champion Glenn Howard had already won two majors and would have been in with a win but he lost his playoff game to Martin, when he gave up a steal of three when his rock picked.
Scott of Kelowna, B.C., was in the same position as Howard.
"We're a little disappointed," Scott said after the loss to Jones but, she added, the team's goal of a gold medal at the 2010 Olympics is still on track.
"We had a fantastic season and all in all couldn't have asked for anything better out of the year. We'll just keep rolling next year."