Winter Olympics: GB skip in dramatic victory

Delight for David Murdoch
Delight for David Murdoch
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Great Britain skip David Murdoch could only describe guaranteeing his first Winter Olympic medal after 12 years of effort as “outrageous” following a dramatic 6-5 semi-final win over Sweden in Sochi.

The 35-year-old, who lost the bronze medal match to the United States at the 2006 Olympics in Turin and was knocked out in a tie-break by Sweden at Vancouver 2010, was under even more pressure at the Ice Cube Curling Center after the GB women’s team had lost to Canada in their last-four game earlier in the day.

However, in the final throw of 10 compelling ends, the Lockerbie-born skip replicated his thrilling last-stone win in the tie-break against Norway to set up a final appearance against Canada tomorrow, where he will be assured of a silver medal at least.

“It is just outrageous,” he said. “I can’t believe it. It’s 12 years of dedicating your life to a sport.

“To get up, to beat your body up, to go through injuries, to train hard, to make a lot of sacrifices.

“I can’t believe after all those years we are in a final now.”

Murdoch took time out from speaking about his joy to remember the people from his home town, forever to be associated with December 21, 1988 when Pan-Am Flight 103 crashed down, a horror scene which - as a 10-year-old - he witnessed from his father’s car.All 259 on board the plane destroyed by a bomb were killed.