Scottish curler Vicki Adams, from the Lochans, is currently in Swift Current, Sashkatchewan, aiming to bring home a second world championships gold medal from the heart of the prairies.
Vicki, aged 26, plays second stones forthe formidable Team Murihaed and they have made afine start to the competition, topping the table on five wins and one loss, alongside Canada, Japan, Russia and Switzerland.
In their last game, Team Muirhead beat USA by 6-5, scoring two crucial points in the tenth end, to record their fourth successive win.
The Scots had the worst possible start when Muirhead’s second stone of the first end picked up, leaving USA’s Erika Brown with an open draw for two. But they responded immediately when Muirhead hit for two in the second end to level the score at 2-2. The Scots then picked up a single steal in the third end to take 3-2 lead, but after blanking the fourth end, USA’s Brown hit out a Scottish stone in the fifth to score two and take the halftime lead.
Scotland then blanked the sixth and seventh ends and in the eighth , Muirhead was facing five US stones as she played her own last – a nose-hit for one to level the score at 4-4 .
The Scots then forced USA to take one in the ninth end when Muirhead removed two USA stones with her own last effort and then, in the tenth, USA’s Brown attempted a tap-upon her own stone which came up short, leaving two Scottish counters, enough to give Scotland a hard-fought 6-5 win.
Scotland also have beaten Italy 8-7; Germany 10-3 and Korea 8-6 but lost to Sweden 3-5.