Reigning national champion Brady Clark of Lynnwood was named USA Curling's top male athlete for 2013. Clark, 35, from Seattle's Granite...

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Reigning national champion Brady Clark of Lynnwood was named USA Curling’s top male athlete for 2013.

Clark, 35, from Seattle’s Granite Curling Club, skipped his team to its first men’s national championship title and led Team USA to ninth place at the World Men’s Championship, where he was the top ranked skip in shooting percentage throughout most of the round robin.

“An award like this recognizes a lot of hard work that went in to being able to perform at a high level,” said Clark, who works as a senior business analyst for Liberty Mutual.

The Granite Curling Club, near Haller Lake in Seattle, has been operating there since 1961.

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