Team GB Men’s Curlers Get Olympic Campaign Underway With Winning Start

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Team GB’s men’s curling representatives got off to a winning start when they beat Switzerland 6-5 at an extra end in the opening session at the Gangneung Curling Centre in PyeongChang. .

Team GB’s men skipped by Kyle Smith and comprising Thomas Muirhead (third), Kyle Waddell (second), Cammy Smith (lead) and alternate Glen Muirhead - who are making their Olympic debut at these Games – were delighted with the result.

Skip Kyle Smith said of his first win: “It doesn’t get much better than that, it really pleased me, we played well and we managed to grind out a win so you can’t get off to a better start than that.

“It was a game where I think both teams were trying to get a feel for the ice and the conditions and there were maybe a couple of more mistakes than there would normally have been from both of our teams, but we held in together and it is always going to be a close game when we play those boys.

“They are a very good team and it always comes down to the wire with them so we are just pleased it came out on this side for us. They are nice guys and it is always good fun playing against them, you like those games that are close and down to the wire and a lot of good shots played and that is what they always bring, so I always enjoy playing against them.”

When asked to speculate on whether he thought there would be more extra end games in store at these Games, Smith added, “Well if we keep winning them then why not!”

The Team GB women are next on ice, skip Eve Muirhead - competing in her third Olympic Games - is accompanied by her Sochi team mates Anna Sloan (third), Vicki Adams (second), Lauren Gray (lead) and alternate Kelly Schafer (formerly Wood). The European Champions play the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) who won the European title in 2016 when it was hosted in Braehead in Scotland.

The Team GB men are back in action tonight against Canada who beat Italy 5-3 in their first game.

Competition schedule (GMT) and results:

14 February
00.05 GB v Switzerland (men) 6-5
05.05 GB v OAR (women)
11.05 GB v Canada (men)

15 February
00.05 GB v USA (women)
05.05 GB v Japan (men)
11.05 GB v China (women)

16 February
11.05 GB v Sweden (men)

17 February
11.05 GB v Denmark (women)
05.05 GB v Korea (men)
11.05 GB v Korea (women)

18 February
05.05 GB v Sweden (women)
11.05 GB v Italy (men)

19 February
05.05 GB v Denmark (men)
11.05 GB v Switzerland (women)

20 February
00.05 GB v Norway (men)
05.05 GB v Japan (women)

21 February
00.05 GB v Canada (women)
11.05 GB v USA (men)

22 February
00.05 Tiebreakers men and women
11.05 Semi finals (men)

23 February
06.30 Bronze (men)
11.05 Semi finalsl (women)

24 February
06.30 Final (men)
11.05 Bronze (women)

25 February
00.05 Final (women)

Results

Photos Perthshire Picture Agency - Graem Hart. 

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