By Rachael Grealish
Men’s Curling may have got Team GB their first medal of the Winter Olympics, but it was the women who brought home the gold in the nick of time.
With just a day to spare before the closing ceremony Team GB’s women’s curling won gold after beating Japan 10-3 in the Olympic final at Beijing 2022.
Rink of skip Eve Muirhead, Jennifer Dodds, Vicky Wright, Hailey Duff and alternate Mili Smith have claimed the prestigious medal making it the first first curling gold medal for 20 years as Muirhead follows in the footsteps of Rhona Martin who famously topped the podium in Salt Lake City.
Muirhead’s gold, at her fourth Olympic Winter Games, has made her the first British curler to win two Olympic medals – having taken bronze at Sochi 2014, while her teammates are crowned champions at the first attempt.
On winning gold Muirhead said: “This is a moment I dreamed of as a young child. Having lost two semi-finals and then to come out and have that great battle against Sweden, we knew this was a great opportunity we might never get again.
“I definitely made the most of it, I prepped the same as I’ve prepped for every other game. To stand on the podium and get that gold medal round your neck is a moment I’ll never forget.”
This gold win comes after the men’s curling rink got Team GB’s first medal of the games by winning silver after narrowly losing 5-4 to Sweden in the gold medal match.
Although the teams got a gold and silver medal this is nowhere near Team GB’s most successful games.
In 2014 the team got five medals – one gold, one silver and three bronze.
In 2018 the team also claimed five medals made up of one gold and four bronze.
These two medals of the 2022 games puts Team GB in 19th place overall on the leaderboard.
But with only a day to spare no one was ever going to catch up with Team Norway who’ve swept the games claiming, in total, 37 medals – 16 of which were gold.