Team GB Women’s Curlers Off To Flying Start At Winter Olympics
Team GB’s women’s curlers got their Olympic campaign off to a flying start when they beat the Olympic Athletes from Russia 10-3 in their opening game. Team Muirhead claimed a three in the first end and were never headed throughout and securing a four at the seventh end saw the standard bearers for Great Britain shake hands with the team skipped by Victoria Moiseeva.
Their dominant performance followed the GB men’s win earlier in the day which was a much closer affair and was finally settled at an extra end, but Skip Eve Muirhead felt that their success gave her team a bit of extra inspiration ahead of their match.
“What a great win for the boys this morning as well and for sure that gave us a little bit of a boost coming in to our game this morning. Curling alongside my brothers at an Olympic Games is really special and for them on their Olympic debut getting getting a W on the board is a good day at the office.
“We went out there to show that we were the very dominant team and we are a team that are hopefully going to play well all week, and we played great out there and we will keep building on that going in to the other games.
“The conditions out there are great and as team I think we read the ice very well and we always used our four heads out there. All of us came together whenever there were any tricky decisions and I think that is something we dealt with very well.
Coach Glenn Howard said after the match: “You always want to put as many wins under your belt as possible and get yourself into the play-offs and you can’t do that without that first win and it was really great.
“I think it is fair to say we got the Olympic Athletes from Russia on an off day, they struggled a little bit and we were good but we can play much better so we have a little bit of work to do but I am really pleased with the girls in their first game and it is all about getting comfortable in the conditions.
“The conditions are great but yet there are some tricky bits that they have figured out and they figured it out quicker than their opponents and that is what I am pleased about. The three ender at the first got us off to the races at the start and we held the lead from there so perfect, game won on the first day of the Olympics! We have a two game day tomorrow and we will just take it one game at a time. “
The Team GB men are back in action against Canada skipped by Kevin Koe at 8pm tonight (11.05am GMT).
Competition schedule (GMT) and results:
00.05 GB v Switzerland (men) 6-5
05.05 GB v OAR (women) 10-3
11.05 GB v Canada (men)
00.05 GB v USA (women)
05.05 GB v Japan (men)
11.05 GB v China (women)
11.05 GB v Sweden (men)
11.05 GB v Denmark (women)
05.05 GB v Korea (men)
11.05 GB v Korea (women)
05.05 GB v Sweden (women)
11.05 GB v Italy (men)
05.05 GB v Denmark (men)
11.05 GB v Switzerland (women)
00.05 GB v Norway (men)
05.05 GB v Japan (women)
00.05 GB v Canada (women)
11.05 GB v USA (men)
00.05 Tiebreakers men and women
11.05 Semi finals (men)
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)
Photos: Perthshire Picture Agency - Graeme Hart.