Olympic bronze for Vicki

Vicki Adams from Stranraer and her Great Britain Olympic curling team 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.

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 went 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.”

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