Sochi 2014 - Brits in Sochi: Muirhead and Murdoch building momentum

Round-up: After Lizzy Yarnold’s dominant skeleton victory, we take a look at how the rest of Team GB fared on Friday.

Curling - Muirhead sets sights on turning Olympic bronze into gold

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Britain's skip Eve Muirhead delivers a stone during their women's curling round robin game against Japan (Reuters)


Great Britain curling skip Eve Muirhead claims her rink have a winning momentum after another record breaking performance at the Winter Olympics.

Muirhead's team rewrote the history books with a seven in a single end against the USA earlier in the Games and produced a steal for five - another Olympic best - against Japan today to secure a 12-3 victory.

The win gives Great Britain a record of three wins and two defeats from their five games and leaves them equal third in the round-robin stage at the halfway point of the event - with the top four teams progressing to decide the medals.

"The momentum has been starting to build and we continued it today," said Muirhead.

"None of these teams are going to be easy, we knew Japan were going to come out sharp and we knew we had to come out firing from the start and that is exactly what we did. The girls are all playing really well, setting me up to play these shots – it was a good solid team performance.

"I am happy with the way I played today. We were enjoying ourselves out there and taking in all the atmosphere, feeling relaxed. We just need to continue that."

David Murdoch related his remarkable come from behind victory over Denmark at the Winter Olympics in Sochi to his World Championship winning campaign in 2009.

Skip Murdoch and the British men's rink came from 5-1 down to defeat the Danes 8-6 – their fourth win in a row – which puts them equal first with Sweden and China.

The British men's rink now have a record of five wins and one loss and Murdoch, who won the second of his world titles in 2009, is feeling increasingly confident.

"It was an incredible game. I don't think I have come out with an adrenalin rush from a game of curling like that since the worlds in 2009," he said.

"There was a huge momentum swing after the sixth end and it is incredible to be part of such a team spirit like that.

"We were really pumped for coming out in that sixth end and ready to have a good go at them. We had to take some risks but we got that big three and that turned the match on its head.

"It was great to be part of that and I am really proud of the guys. We really believe in ourselves and the confidence is sky high with this team and it's a great feeling. If we can just keep that confidence and stay sharp we’re dangerous out there."


Kristan Bromley is still eyeing a top six finish after a solid start to his Olympic skeleton campaign in Sochi.

Bromley has improved with every run down the track at the Sanki Sliding Centre and clocked 1:54.26 for his two opening runs, leaving him in joint eighth place, seven tenths of a second off bronze, with Russia's Alexander Tretiakov the runaway leader.

"The first run I made a couple of mistakes but I corrected those for the second run and I was more competitive," he said

"I just had a bit too much height in turn 11 and that cost me a couple of tenths, otherwise I'd be further up the leader board.

"I'm pleased with where I am and I feel that I can only improve. It's coming, I'm always at a disadvantage at the start but I can pull it back down the track with my driving.

"It's quite stacked ahead of me and quite close. I just need to get better on each run and let's see where that takes me and whether I can push into the top six."


Amanda Lightfoot has vowed to learn from her maiden Winter Olympic experience after bringing her campaign to a close in Sochi.

Lightfoot's second and final outing in the biathlon at the Games saw her place 71st in the women's 15km individual event in 54:38.1minutes.

She missed five targets in total in the range and, while disappointed, it was an improvement on the 75th place she managed first time out.

That came in the 7.5km sprint event and Lightfoot insists there is plenty she will take from her performances in Sochi on the road to Pyeongchang 2018.

"It didn't go to plan. It is my first Olympics so it is a learning curve for me but I am a bit disappointed," she said.

"I think I made the wrong ski selection and that was the reason for being so slow up the hills.

"And also my head wasn't very good in the range, I haven’t been that confident in my shooting.

"I need to get that back together but this makes me more determined to come back in four years time for sure."


Andrew Young admitted he didn't know where his performance in the 15km classic at the Winter Olympics came from as he broke the top 40.

Young placed 37th in a time of 41:29.6 minutes in his second event of the Games – he opened his campaign by ranking 42nd in the sprint prologue.

And, with temperatures reaching double figures at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center in Rosa Khutor, Young was surprised he coped.

"You are just dying the whole way around. I had four drink stations and normally in a 15km I don't drink at all. It was hard," he said.

"I don't how I managed to ski so fast. The wax technicians did a phenomenal job – that helped a lot. I just felt really good.

"It was an awesome race, I am really happy. I really enjoyed myself and skied to the best of my ability in these conditions.

"The sprint is my favoured event, so I think I put a lot of expectations on myself in the sprint and I was really angry that I didn’t ski to my potential.

"I am really happy, this isn't my favoured event and I just really enjoyed skiing and didn't think about the result.”

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