Eve Muirhead hailed a “dream come true” after Great Britain’s women curlers ended a 12-year-wait for Winter Olympic success by beating Switzerland 6-5 in their bronze medal match in Sochi.
Muirhead’s all-Scottish rink shrugged off the disappointment of their semi-final defeat to Canada on Wednesday to secure the medal that at least equals GB’s best-ever Winter Olympic medal haul of 1924 - four - with a gold or silver to come from the men’s curling final against Canada on Friday.
It was the first Olympic medal for British women curlers since their coach Rhona Howie - then Rhona Martin - skipped GB to gold at Salt Lake City in 2002 and they had to come from behind to do it, not forging ahead until the eighth end.
‘’What a dream come true,” said Muirhead. “The Olympic medal was the one medal we have been missing and for me to win it with four of my best friends seems so special. That shows what great athletes we are. Every athlete needs to learn how to lose before they can win.
‘’First, they need to learn how to get up from defeat. To lose the semi-final and know you have to come back and play for that bronze medal is extra tough and, for us, it showed how strong we are.
‘’We regrouped and came out fighting. I’m super-happy.”
British freestyle skier Emma Lonsdale missed out on a place in the women’s halfpipe finals at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park and then announced she was retiring.
The 29-year-old put down two solid, if unspectacular, runs but scores of 53.80 and 53.20 saw her finish 18th, with only the top 12 qualifying for last night’s showpiece event.
She will be 33 before the next Games in Pyeongchang and admitted she contemplated retirement two years ago before ski halfpipe was added to the Olympics schedule, which persuaded her to carry on.