Team GB curlers ready for action at Sochi 2014

The curling competition will get underway today (Monday 10 February) at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, with the 3,000 seat Ice Cube Curling Centre situated at the heart of the Coastal Cluster. The venue and athletes are all ready for action, following two days of practice sessions.

The competition will see ten of the world's top men's and ten of the world’s top women's teams vying for medals and with every team made up of four players and an alternate, there are 100 curling athletes taking part in the Sochi Games.

The men's teams are: Great Britain, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States of America.

The women's line-up is: Great Britain, Canada, China, Denmark, Japan, Korea, the Russian Federation, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States of America.

The curling competition at the Olympic Winter Games takes the form of separate men's and women's nine-game round-robins which will produce four semi-finalists, using tie-breakers if necessary. In the semi-finals, the top-ranked round-robin team will play the fourth, while the second and third-ranked teams play each other. The semi-final winners then go on play the gold medal final (women - Thursday 20th February, men - Friday 21st February) while the losers face each other for bronze medals.

Team GB’s men (Michael Goodfellow, Scott Andrews, Greg Drummond, David Murdoch and alternate Tom Brewster) have a busy start to their Olympic campaign. Current bronze World and European medallists, they will face hosts Russia in the morning session followed by current World champions Sweden in the evening.

Speaking after the practice session Team GB men’s skip David Murdoch said: “Usually at the World Championships we just have one practice session and the ice can be super aggressive and quite green and new. But you can tell here, that the ice guys have been down here for quite a while and all the teams have been on now and it is actually close to game conditions in practice which is fantastic.

Team GB’s women (Claire Hamilton, Vicki Adams, Anna Sloan, Eve Muirhead and alternate Lauren Gray) skipped by four-time world junior champion Eve Muirhead will face Sweden in an exciting opening match that is sure to go down to the wire. Muirhead’s rink, are the reigning world champion team (as Scotland), beating Sweden in the final of the 2013 World Women's Championship in Riga, Latvia. The Swedes, skipped by Margaretha Sigfridsson, who plays lead stones, then turned the tables to win gold when these two teams met again in the final of November's European Championships 2013.

Looking forward to the content Eve Muirhead said: “It's a tough opening match playing against the current European champions and they've had a good last few seasons. It is important to get off to a strong start and we'll have to put in a good performance really early on in the week, so I think it's a good thing.

"The Swedish team are a good rink, they don't have a lot of weaknesses but all the top teams are really solid. We'll need to bring our A game, it will be a tight match and it might come down to the last end or the last shot and we're ready for that."

Both teams will be hoping to get off to a good start and build momentum over the 12 day competition.

  • Date published: 10 February 2014
  • Date updated: 04 May 2016
  • Published by: sportscotland