Team Murdoch enjoys opening win at the Winter Olympics

Team GB Skip David Murdoch admitted he got just what the doctor ordered after Britain’s men’s curling rink won their opening match of the Winter Olympics in SOchi this morning (Mon 10 Feb).

Team Murdoch were always in control against host nation Russia first up in Sochi and a score of four in the sixth end gave them an impressive 6-2 lead.

David explained more about the match, "We managed to string together a few good shots and forced them to make some mistakes and got a good score at the end of it.

The Russians pulled two back in the ninth to make it 7-4 but shook hands in the final end as Murdoch expressed his pleasure at winning first time out.

“It is nice to get that first one out of the way because you just never know what it is going to be like,” said Murdoch, who faces world champions Sweden during the evening session later today.

“You get a feel for it in practice but it was a whole lot quicker out there then it has been. We knew that might be the case and also you have to get used to the stadium."

Teammate Michael Goodfellow stated that, on the ice "There is plenty of curl. The ice is absolutely great, the guys have done a first-class job and getting the speed up today to what we were hoping for is close to perfect."

Team GB play World Champions Sweden next during today’s evening session, showing at 3pm GMT.


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