THRILLING EVE Muirhead claimed Team GB’s first and only gold medal at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics as they progressed towards glory.
The day before Rhona Martin’s famous heroic 20th anniversary in Salt Lake City, Team Muirhead made its name into the sports record books.
The Scottish quartet of Muirhead, Vicky Wright, Jennifer Dodds and Hailey Duff took part form of domination when they crushed Japan 10-3 at the Beijing Ice Cube.
When it ended, tears welled up and the team celebrated wildly in a collective hug.
Win with one head remaining in revenge for the bronze medal defeat to Japan four years ago in PyeongChang, an outcome that has questioned Muirhead’s place at the helm.
Chosen as an Olympic skipper in 2009 at the age of 19, Muirhead has finally fulfilled her own destiny on the ice and underlined her status as one of Britain’s most successful female sportswomen.
However, the journey to and during her fourth Olympic campaign was fraught with tension, tension and last-minute drama.
Up until this finale, nothing they’ve done has been simple or routine.
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The team almost never made it to the Far East in the first place, having endured a tumultuous time in the Netherlands as they qualified for a precious spot a week before Christmas.
In the round-robin format, when they were on the verge of being eliminated, they were forced to win the last match against Russia.
They only qualified for the semi-finals thanks to results elsewhere and a 10cm difference in the Shooting Challenge.
Even in the knockout stages, their tough game against Sweden required an extra finish before they could progress to this final.
However, memories of beating Japan 10-4 just five days earlier – their biggest win in the past two weeks – gave them great confidence that gold could be won.
The opening two goals were a great start, certainly much better than the four they conceded straight away. against Sweden in the final four-man clash on Friday.
Although they failed to land two hammer doubles in the fourth round, Muirhead capitalized on a mistake from the Japanese bypassing Satsuki Fujisawa to steal one in the fifth inning.
With IOC president Thomas Bach watching from expensive seats, Muirhead took control thanks to a three-point lead in the midfield.
The key moment of this contest was four goals in the seventh inning as Muirhead’s free-kick swept away the Japanese redstone and essentially rubber stamped the victory.
Japan refused to concede a goal after the final eight innings but realized the game was over as Muirhead won two at the end of the penultimate game.
After watching the skier collide, the speed skater fall, and the toboggan roll in their favor, Team GB can fly home tomorrow with one gold and one silver (in the men’s billiards) as a reward for over £20 million invested.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4729548/team-gb-curlers-gold-eve-muirhead-japan/ The GB women’s players finally ended Britain’s Winter Olympics gold hunt as hero Eve Muirhead crushed Japan 10-3