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07th - 23rd February 2014

Medal Presentation: Athlete Quotes

After receiving their medals on Saturday night at a presentation at Medal Plaza in the centre of the Sochi 2014 Coastal Cluster, the medal winning skips shared their thoughts and feelings of their Olympic experience:

Canada

Gold

Gold medal winning Canadian skip Jennifer Jones said: “I can’t really describe the feeling of winning a gold medal. To see the Canadian flag being raised, the country that has supported us, cheered for us, and to play our national anthem for something we have achieved – there is no better honour in the world.

“It means the world to everyone back home in Canada. All the support we’ve received from the city of Winnipeg where we live, it’s just gone berserk. Everyone is just so excited for us - they just can’t wait for us to come home -everyone in Canada! It’s a gold medal in curling and something we (Canadian women) haven’t achieved in a long time, we’re hoping that this is a trend that is set to continue in the future.

“It’s been a dream come true. The Olympics is like a Disneyland for athletes. Everything was so perfect, we enjoyed every moment of it, there’s not a second that went by that we didn’t embrace or soak up and that’s something that we will forever remember.”

Sweden

Margaretha Sigfridsson, who picked up a silver medal along with the rest of her team from Sweden, said: “It feels amazing – really, really great! It was so nice to be out there and be cherished by all the people. It has been a great event, the best you can experience as an athlete. We are very happy with how everything has worked out in the competition. Everything was very good and we’re really happy we accomplished our goal.”

Great Britain

Bronze medal winning skip, Eve Muirhead, representing Great Britain, said: “It was unbelievable out there. It’s every athletes dream to get an Olympic medal and to get it put round your neck, it just feels fantastic. This is what we’ve worked for, this is what we’ve trained for, and to come away from the Olympics on a high, with a medal, is just great.

“I had butterflies in my stomach coming out there. The crowd out there was unbelievable. To get presented with the medals on the Saturday night with all those people, knowing that it’s getting broadcast back home, it just makes it extra special.”

“This team isn’t finished yet. We’re a young team, we’ve got a fantastic future ahead of us. So far we’ve had a very successful career so far, winning several major championships. But for now, I’m looking forward to getting home for a few days and having a break with my family and just really soaking up everything that we’ve achieved.”

Canada

Gold medal winning Canada skip Brad Jacobs said: “It’s unbelievable. It’s pretty heavy (weight) to be honest. This is what we’ve worked for, our whole lives, and especially once this team came together. I’m beaming with pride right now.

“We got a couple of messages from people back home from our support team, our friends, our families - everyone is just ecstatic. They’re probably like us and can’t believe this has happened. For our city, to have people living there that are Olympic champions, is incredible. The whole city is extremely proud of us and we just can’t wait to get home and share this medal with them – let everyone take a picture with it, touch it, see it.

“To sum it up, this was a very stressful week. It was one of the toughest weeks of curling, ever. For us, at the same time, it was an amazing week. The venue was great, the volunteers, just everything about Sochi has been perfect. It was a perfect week – you couldn’t have drawn this up any better.”

Great Britain

Great Britain picked up the silver medals and their skip David Murdoch said: “It’s absolutely unbelievable. It’s just incredible. It was tough after the game - an opportunity gone. You can’t look back at that, that’s sport I’m afraid. We did a lot of amazing things to get here and now we’re just so, so proud to get that medal.

“We were just so excited beforehand, my heart was racing. I was more nervous coming out there than I have ever been in my life. It was just super cool to get out there and jump around."

Sweden

Bronze medal winning Swedish skip, Niklas Edin, said: “It feels amazing. We’ve aimed for this for so long and the finally get a medal is a really satisfying feeling - a big weight off our shoulders. We haven’t talked about the future yet, we are looking at finishing off the season well, hopefully get to Worlds and make it back to back World titles, that is a big goal that is left for us. That’s our focus and then we will sit down and talk about the next few years. Definitely it would be fun to go another four years.

“It’s been a great experience. As a team we have had our best event ever, apart from two games, one against Denmark in the round-robin and of course the semi-final against Great Britain. The semi-final is a big one, obviously – that will be a tough one to get over but winning that bronze medal was so big. The main goal coming here was to medal after Vancouver, so still a really satisfying week for us and we will have lots of fun memories to look back on.”

Photos by WCF/Michael Burns/Richard Gray

Image gallery from Medal Presentation can be found here: http://sochi2014.worldcurling.net/olympics/owg-2014-medal-presentation

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