Winter Sports - Brits in Sochi: Murdoch targeting Olympic curling glory

David Murdoch has guaranteed Olympic silver – but it's gold he wants in Friday's men's curling final.

Curling - Britain thrashed by Canada in curling final

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Britain's skip David Murdoch reacts during their men's curling semi-final game against Sweden (Reuters)


David Murdoch has guaranteed Olympic silver – but it's gold he wants in Friday's men's curling final.

Murdoch, alongside his Team GB rink of Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow, kept his head in a tense semi-final with Swedish world champion Niklas Edin in Sochi.

The match was close throughout but he secured the decisive points with the final stone of the final end, winning 6-5.

And now he faces Canada in the final, whose skip Brad Jacobs overcame China convincingly to set up an intriguing head-to-head.

"I want the gold, you get this opportunity once in a lifetime and it's up to us to seize the day and make some incredible history," said Murdoch.

"I'm delighted getting the medal I've worked so long for but we want the gold and we'll be pushing everything to get that.

"I hope it's our time. The curling Gods have been looking down on me this week and it makes a change. We have to go out there with confidence and no fear, go for it and believe it.

"If we play well then we've got every chance."

Murdoch – fourth at his debut Games in Turin – admitted he thought his Olympic dream was over after the Vancouver Games, where he arrived as world champion but failed to perform.

"It's an outrageous feeling and I can't believe it," he added.

"That's a reward for 12 years of dedicating yourself to a sport, to beating your body up, going through injuries, training hard and making sacrifices. After all that time I've proved it pays off.

"Having the experience of the few near misses in Turin and Vancouver has helped me keep my head and settle my play this week. This team believes in itself, I can't believe the confidence we have and now we're in the Olympic final."

The victory over Sweden secures Team GB's third medal of the Games, equalling their best performance since the 1936 Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.


John Jackson showed his form ahead of this weekend's four-man Olympic bobsleigh, posting one of the quickest times in practice.

Team GB's first-choice driver was seventh fastest on the first official practice run at the Sanki Sliding Center but improved that to third quickest on his second attempt.

Latvia's Oskars Melbardis and Russia's Alexander Zubkov, the gold medallist in the two-man competition, were quickest in both runs.

Jackson finished fifth at last year's World Championships and claims to like the highly-technical track in Sochi, finishing fifth again here at last year's test event.

"After all the work at our preparation camp in Germany, it was pleasing to see our hard work paying off after a good first day of training," said Jackson.


Andrew Young remained positive despite being forced to pull out of the cross-country skiing classic team sprint due to manageable heart condition.

Young has tachycardia, which occurs no more than twice a season, and it struck as he started his second leg of the event at the Winter Olympics.

The team sprint was Young's last outing in Sochi but he looked to the positives of a Games where he was an impressive 37th in the 15km classic.

"I have got a heart condition, it is a heart palpitation, tachycardia. It happens two races a year. Every now and then it happens and you have to stop," said Young.

"I don’t really like using it as an excuse. It is not an excuse, it happens. It was just at the start of my second leg and when it happens the advice is just to stop.

"We have improved a lot. If we got these results four years ago everybody would have been ecstatic. But now everybody is like 'it is ok'. There has been a huge improvement in the team.

"Every four years the results are getting so much better that just to think four years ago this was unthinkable – to have someone in the top 30 and top 40 in a race."

Young joined forces with Andrew Musgrave in his last event and his teammate and roommate in Sochi was looking out for the 21-year-old.

"I think he is probably a little bit disappointed but at the same time there is nothing he can do about.

"He has had it before though and he knows what it is and we just had to stop. We had a chance of qualifying for the final but when something like that happens there is nothing you can do about it."

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