GB curlers start strong

17th February 2010, by Chris Gill

The winning stone. Precision timing from Eve Muirhead   [BBC/Gill]

The winning stone. Precision timing from Eve Muirhead [BBC/Gill]

There’s good news from the Team GB Olympic camp on Wednesday, with a successful start by the women’s curling team – skippered by 19-year-old Eve Muirhead.

The British women’s curling team began their Olympic campaign with a win over China, in a closely fought match that was decided on Muirhead’s final stone.

Team GB took control at the start, pushing two points ahead of China. But China went on to level the score at four points apiece. This meant the teams had to battle it out in a deciding round. It was a tense moment, but the margin was enough to secure the win.

The team now faces defending champions Sweden in the next round robin match, one of nine further matches that they need to complete. They’ll be hoping for a better result against the Swedes than the GB men took (losing 6-4) –  the men’s team took control against their French opponents though, winning 8-4. Go GB!

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