Curling Results : Eve Muirhead led the Great Britain team to bronze with a commanding performance in the medal game at the 2014 Olympic curling competition at the Ice Cube Rink in Sochi, coming from behind to win 6-5.
The Swiss entered the fray as favourites and took an early lead. In a nail biting finish it all came down to Muirhead, the 23 years old from Blair Atholl, Perth and she held her nerve at the end.
Her GB team mate, Anna Sloan told the BBC later : “I knew she was going to make it,” said fellow Scot, Sloan of Muirhead’s shot to win the medal.
“That’s all she said: ‘Give me a draw for the win.’ It was a great team effort. The girls swept it really well and judged it to perfection, and that shows how good a team effort it’s been.”
Speaking to BBC Sport, Eve Muirhead added : “When you look at our successes over the last couple of years since we’ve come together, this was the one medal we were missing as a team and we’ve managed to get that.
“For us to finish the Olympic Games on a high makes it even more fun.” “We knew we had to step it up and we did. The girls were fantastic”
Eve Muirhead is not just noted of course for her ability on the Curling rink – she plays golf off scratch handicap at Pitlochry Golf Course and in addition is also an accomplished bagpiper, piping at four World Championships.
Indeed back in 2010 it was reported that Muirhead had turned down the chance to become a professional golfer after receiving two scholarships from American universities.
This report on the bronze medal match between GB and Switzerland from the World Curling Federation’s Joanna Kelly and Danny Parker in Sochi.
“In winning this game, Great Britain picked up their second women’s Olympic medal following on from the gold medal they won in this competition at the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games in 2002.
Switzerland opened this game with last stone advantage because they had defeated Great Britain in the round-robin stages of the competition.
They blanked the first end and then scored two points in the second end when their skip Mirjam Ott tapped out a British stone to leave another of her own stones as well as her own shooter scoring, for a 2-0 lead.
In the third end, Great Britain opened their account when skip Eve Muirhead drew her last stone inside two Swiss counters to score one point and close the gap to 2-1 for Switzerland.
The Swiss then restored their two-point lead when Ott drew her final stone of the fourth end into the four foot ring to score one point, for a 3-1 lead.
In the fifth end, British skip Eve Muirhead played a double take-out with her first stone and followed that up with a nose-hit to score two points and level the game at 3-3 at the half-time break.
Switzerland had a nose-hit in the sixth end, but could only score one point for a 4-3 lead.
After this, Britain blanked the seventh end and scored two points in the eighth, when Ott missed the second British stone in a double take-out attempt to allow Muirhead a simple draw with her final stone for two points that gave Great Britain the lead for the first time in the game, at 5-4.
When Switzerland’s Ott came to play her last stone in the ninth end, she was facing three British stones already sitting in the house.
As a result she was forced to draw her stone inside the four-foot ring to score only one point and level the game at 5-5.
With last stone advantage, the British team controlled the last end and eventually Muirhead drew her final stone onto the button to score one point, win the game by 6-5 and take the bronze medals.
Following their win, Great Britain skip Eve Muirhead said: “It feels fantastic. I’m super chuffed. It was such a great game which could have went either way. We were trailing a lot of the time but we turned it. We made sure we scored in those even ends.
She continued: “Everyone was fantastic. We could have got frustrated but we hung in there and it shows just how much we’ve put in. I really think we deserved to get this Olympic medal.”
Lead Claire Hamilton echoed her skip’s praise. She added: “We’ve all worked so hard and I think that has showed this week in how we’ve pulled together as a team and it finally paid off for us. We’re just delighted to get the medal.”
Shortly after coming off the ice, Switzerland skip Mirjam Ott said: “I feel disappointed. We fought hard but Eve’s team was very strong today. She had a very good game and deserves her win and a medal – congrats to the team.”
She added, “We had some little mistakes, we tried to blank the sixth end but made a nose hit and then in the ninth we tried to get another blank end but then we missed in the beginning of the end which made it hard for us. To steal in the tenth end against Eve is very hard.”
This was the second consecutive fourth place finish at the Olympic Winter Games for Mirjam Ott and Switzerland.
Canada and Sweden women play each other at 17:30 (MSK) tonight, with the winner taking the gold medals and the losers receiving silver.
Women’s bronze medal game: Great Britain 6, Switzerland 5.