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07th - 23rd February 2014

Women: Great Britain win bronze

Great Britain won the bronze medals Photo: WCF/Michael Burns

Great Britain beat Switzerland 6-5 to win the bronze medals in Thursday afternoon's women's bronze medal game at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games curling competition at the Ice Cube Curling Centre in Sochi.

In winning this game, Great Britain picked up their second women's Olympic medal following on from the gold medal they won in this competition at the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games in 2002.

Switzerland opened this game with last stone advantage because they had defeated Great Britain in the round-robin stages of the competition.

They blanked the first end and then scored two points in the second end when their skip Mirjam Ott tapped out a British stone to leave another of her own stones as well as her own shooter scoring, for a 2-0 lead.

In the third end, Great Britain opened their account when skip Eve Muirhead drew her last stone inside two Swiss counters to score one point and close the gap to 2-1 for Switzerland.

The Swiss then restored their two-point lead when Ott drew her final stone of the fourth end into the four foot ring to score one point, for a 3-1 lead.

In the fifth end, British skip Eve Muirhead played a double take-out with her first stone and followed that up with a nose-hit to score two points and level the game at 3-3 at the half-time break.

Switzerland had a nose-hit in the sixth end, but could only score one point for a 4-3 lead.

After this, Britain blanked the seventh end and scored two points in the eighth, when Ott missed the second British stone in a double take-out attempt to allow Muirhead a simple draw with her final stone for two points that gave Great Britain the lead for the first time in the game, at 5-4.

When Switzerland's Ott came to play her last stone in the ninth end, she was facing three British stones already sitting in the house.

As a result she was forced to draw her stone inside the four-foot ring to score only one point and level the game at 5-5.

With last stone advantage, the British team controlled the last end and eventually Muirhead drew her final stone onto the button to score one point, win the game by 6-5 and take the bronze medals.

Great Britain was represented by the team that won the World Women's Curling Championship in 2013 (as Scotland). It consists of skip Eve Muirhead, third Anna Sloan, Second Vicki Adams and lead Claire Hamilton. They were supported by alternate Lauren Gray, team coach David Hay and national coach Rhona Howie.

Following their win, Great Britain skip Eve Muirhead said: “It feels fantastic. I’m super chuffed. It was such a great game which could have gone either way. We were trailing a lot of the time but we turned it. We made sure we scored in those even ends.

She continued: “Everyone was fantastic. We could have got frustrated but we hung in there and it shows just how much we’ve put in. I really think we deserved to get this Olympic medal.”

Lead Claire Hamilton echoed her skip’s praise. She added: “We’ve all worked so hard and I think that has showed this week in how we’ve pulled together as a team and it finally paid off for us. We’re just delighted to get the medal.”

Shortly after coming off the ice, Switzerland skip Mirjam Ott said: "I feel disappointed. We fought hard but Eve’s team was very strong today. She had a very good game and deserves her win and a medal - congrats to the team."

She added, "We had some little mistakes, we tried to blank the sixth end but made a nose hit and then in the ninth we tried to get another blank end but then we missed in the beginning of the end which made it hard for us. To steal in the tenth end against Eve is very hard."

This was the second consecutive fourth place finish at the Olympic Winter Games for Mirjam Ott and Switzerland.

Canada and Sweden women play each other at 17:30 (MSK) tonight, with the winner taking the gold medals and the losers receiving silver.

RESULT
Women’s bronze medal game:
Great Britain 6, Switzerland 5.

STANDINGS
Women’s standings after bronze medal game:

Canada (To play Sweden in gold medal game)
Sweden (To play Canada in gold medal game)
3. Great Britain (Bronze)
4. Switzerland
5. Japan 4-5
6. Denmark 4-5
7. China 4-5
8. Korea 3-6
9. Russia 3-6
10. USA 1-8

SCHEDULE
(All times local – MSK)

WOMEN
Medal Games (Thursday February 20, 2014)
Gold:
Canada v Sweden (17:30)

MEN
Medal Games (Friday February 21, 2014):
Bronze:
Sweden v China (12:30)
Gold: Canada v Great Britain (17:30)

NOTE: Rankings are determined by rule C9 of the World Curling Federation's ‘The Rules of Curling and Rules of Competition’. Details can be obtained at www.worldcurling.org/rules-and-regulations

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