Stranraer Ice Rink curler Vicki Adams is due to play the game of her young life tomorrow morning in the semi-finals of the Olympics curling in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.
Twenty-four-year old Vicki, who learned the game at the her local rink, is bidding for medal glory with her teammates Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan and Claire Hamilton against the favourites for the gold medal, Canada.
The women’s team were guaranteed a semi-final spot win or lose before they played and lost their last round-robin game versus Denmark on Monday. This unexpected defeat knocked them down to fourth place in the standings, putting them in into the semi against the top ranked Canadians rather then the second ranked Swedes, who now face third ranked Switzerland in the other semi-final.
In a topsy-turvey game against Denmark, Great Britain looked to be in control, sitting on a 7-4 lead after eight ends.
However, after blanking the ninth end, Denmark skip Lene Nielsen hit the British shot stone out to score a big three points in the tenth end to level at 7-7 and push the game into an extra end.
In this end, without last stone, Nielsen tapped up one of her own stones onto the button, leaving British skip Eve Muirhead with a hit and roll that didn’t work out. This allowed Denmark to steal one point and win the game by 8-7.
The GB team beat the USA, China, Japan, Korea and Russia and lost to Sweden, Canada, Switzerland and Denmark at the round-robin stages.
If they win tomorrow’s 10am semi-final they will pay the gold medal game at 1.30pm on Thursday and, if they lose, they play for the bronze medal at 8.30am Thursday.
Statistically, Vicki has played 78 per cent for the competition so far.