Muirhead ready for Perth
Eve Muirhead will start as red-hot favourite to win a record fourth World junior curling title on home ice in Perth this weekend.
The Scottish skip, who won silver at the senior World and European Championships last year, missed the defence of the title she won in 2007, 2008 and 2009 because she was preparing for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
But she returns with a strong team that includes Anna Sloan, who skipped Great Britain to gold at the 2009 European Youth Olympic Festival and the recent Winter World Student Games in Turkey.
Sweden arrive as the defending champions, although Jonna McManus replaces last year's skip Anna Hasselborg while Trish Paulsen leads Canada, who will be looking for a record ninth title.
In a unique occurrence, two former Olympic champions will be watching as proud fathers - Briar Hrlimann of Switzerland is daughter of 1998 Olympic champion skip Patrick and Norway's Pia Trulsen is the daughter of Pl, who skipped his team to gold at Salt Lake City.
Swiss skip Peter de Cruz will seek to defend the men's title while hosts Scotland are represented by international newcomer John Penny.