Olympic Silver for Team Murdoch
David Murdoch and his Team won the Olympic silver curling medal in Sochi. Team GB were outclassed from the start in a one-sided Olympic curling final with Canada however did an amazing job to get silver.
Murdoch, alongside Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow, knew they could not afford to make any mistakes against skip Brad Jacobs, whose win means Canada have claimed both curling golds in Sochi.
Unfortunately they missed too many shots and allowed Jacobs to steadily build a healthy advantage, picking up a three in the third end and even stealing in the fourth, to underline why this would not be Murdoch's day.
Murdoch, watched by a large contingent of team-mates, including skeleton gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold, said the curling Gods were finally looking down on him after a brilliant tiebreaker win over Norway and semi-final victory over world champions Sweden.
But he'd clearly used up his share of luck as Jacobs continued to relentlessly apply the pressure, securing gold 9-3 with two ends to spare.
"It feels like a kick in the teeth but once we recovered I will look at what we've achieved. I've chased this medal for such a long time and I'm so proud of the guys for everything they've done," said Murdoch.
"If you look at the games we've won to make this final and how we've got the nation behind us, it's just really special. A silver medal is still super cool.
"We had to force some pressure early and we let them gain confidence. We didn't have a very good third end and that was the game changer. Maybe our adrenaline was pumping too much. It's an Olympic final and we're a young team. We felt confident but it wasn't to be.
"Maybe this is the start of something special for this team. Now I've had the silver maybe I should come back and try for a gold."
- Date published: 24 February 2014
- Date updated: 04 May 2016
- Published by: sportscotland