LAST Sunday, at the age of 23 Vicki Adams become a world curling champion and is now setting her sights firmly on an Olympic gold medal.
The Lochans curler along with team mates Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan and Claire Hamilton won the womens world title after defeating Sweden 6-5 in the final in Riga, Latvia.
The team were all multiple winners of the World Junior titles and won the European title in 2011 but this was the one they really wanted to win, especially in the build up to next year’s Winter Olympics.
The new champions came home on Monday afternoon to a rapturous reception at Edinburgh Airport and after she had gathered her breath, Vicki spoke to The Galloway Gazette about winning world gold.
She said: “All through the week we knew we were playing well enough to win but it was just a case of taking one game at a time and not looking too far in advance. To tell you the truth although it feels amazing to be a world champion it hasn’t really sunk in yet! But we have worked so hard for this - hours and hours on the ice every day and in the gym - it makes it all worthwhile.
“Team dynamics are better now or an improvement on previous years and our new coach David Hay has been a big help as he has no family connections and he is very experienced anyway so brings a lot to the team.
“It was great to have my mum and dad there to watch us as it’s always special when you can share it with family and friends.”
For Vicki and the team the next big challenge will be the Olympics and they are now odds on favourites to be selected to represent Great Britain in Sochi in 2014.
Vicki is careful with her words as the official selection process won’t take place until December this year.
She did say: “We would like to think that we will be the team chosen but we just don’t know. Winning the world title will not have done our chances any harm though.”
Proud mum Kate Adams had flown out to Riga with husband Gordon to see the closing stages of the competition chewing her fingernails down when watching the girls scrape through their semi-final against the Canadians.
Kate added: “It was really, really brilliant to be there but it was awful too! The game against the Canadian was the worst as they never looked like winning it, they were just hanging in there. But when the Canadian skip missed with her last stone we were jumping up and down with delight. It was just the wrong shot to play. In the final it was different as they played so, so well and when they won gold we were just jubilant. All the mums were hugging each other. There were lots of tears - and they even remembered to give us a wave!”
At The Grange of Bladnoch Farm near Kirkcowan, Vicki’s grandfather retired farmer Sandy Adams was musing on the fact that Vicki “comes from good curling stock” as Sandy’s son, and Vicki’s uncle, Dick won the World Junior title in 1980.
Sandy said: “After working so hard it’s great to see them sitting on top of the world.
“They should now definitely go to the Olympics. The selectors can hardly go past them. I am just so proud of what she has achieved in her time and she is a very nice girl too!”
Grandmother Nancy added; “I am just bursting with pride about Vicki and can’t wait to give her a big hug.”
Gail Munro, the manager of Stranraer Ice Rink, where Vicki learned to curl said: “Everyone at Stranraer Ice Rink is extremely proud of Team Scotland winning the World Women’s Championships. We are especially pleased for Vicki who has worked very hard to be the best she can be and it has paid off.”
The newly crowned world champions only got one day off to relax before it was back onto the ice at their base in Stirling to practice for a competition in Canada they are playing in before the curling season finishes.