Olympic bronze for Team Muirhead!
Fantastic play from Eve Muirhead and her team to win an Olympic bronze medal today (Feb 20).
Muirhead, alongside Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Claire Hamilton and alternate Lauren Gray, was devastated after a semi-final defeat to Canada meant there would be no Olympic gold to add to their world title.
Less than 24 hours later, the girls responded with a tactically brilliant 6-5 win over Switzerland's Mirjam Ott, Muirhead delivering a textbook final stone - under the most extreme pressure - to secure the victory.
"It's a dream come true, this is the medal we've been missing and to win it with four of my best friends feels so special," she said.
"That shows what great athletes we are, you have to learn to lose before you can win and get back up from a defeat. To lose a semi-final at the Olympics and then come back and play for bronze is extra tough. We regrouped and came out fighting.
"I'm mentally buzzing, it's been a constant rollercoaster, we've had some tough losses and great wins and many of the games have come down to last end, last stone. To end on a high makes it even better. I couldn't think of what it would have been like to walk away without a medal around my neck."
Sloan insisted she was always sure that Muirhead would deliver her final stone to perfection, despite the jangling nerves of those present.
All four members of the rink had played a perfect final end to outsmart the canny Ott, a two-time Olympic silver medallist, and her team.
"I never had any doubt when Eve was over that last stone. We played a great last end and it was such good team effort," she said.
"Eve always says give me a draw and I'll make it and it was such great team effort.
"We were devastated yesterday and it shows our team spirit that we could rebound from that loss. There was no way we were leaving here without a medal. We wanted the gold but it shows the spirit of our team to pick ourselves up and a bronze medal feels amazing right now."
The bronze medal means Team GB have now equalled their best ever performance at the Winter Olympics, a record dating back to the 1924 Games in Chamonix. And if David Murdoch can win curling gold in Friday's final it will officially be the best ever.
- Date published: 20 February 2014
- Date updated: 04 May 2016
- Published by: sportscotland