Final Stone Disappointment As Team GB’s Women Miss Out On Olympic Bronze

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Team GB’s women lost out to Japan in their bronze medal match by the narrowest of margins in a game which went to the final stone in the final end and saw Japan win their first ever Olympic medal.

It was a heartbreaking end for the Sochi bronze medallists who bounced back from their semi final loss to the higher ranked Swedish side, to fight for a bronze medal to the bitter end, in a game that was nip and tuck throughout.

Great Britain started with the hammer and the teams exchanged singles over the first half of the game with Team Muirhead leading 3-2 as they went into the fifth end break. The Japanese side tactically blanked the next two ends until, still retaining the hammer, they registered a single to take the game level. In the penultimate end a single steal saw the opposition leading for the first time, however at the tenth Team Muirhead had last stone advantage and looked to be in a promising position, with one stone counting in a crowded house. With her final stone, skip Eve Muirhead went for the two to win the match but dislodged her own stone giving Japan a final single steal to claim the place on the podium.

Talking about the final shot which gave Japan the 5-3 win, European Champion Eve Muirhead said: “The shot was there for the game and as a skip you're going to try to play that shot to win. We win as a team, we lose as a team.

“As skip, it's me that misses the shot, but it's a full-on team effort out there. Any other day I guarantee that shot would've come off. And for this week we've just been the wrong side of the inch.

“Every game you lose is hard. This time around it is very hard. It's really difficult to reflect on it just now.

“We gave it our all out there. As a team we battled to the very, very end. Unfortunately for me I had the chance and it didn't come off. It's going to take a bit of time to reflect on,” she added.

Vice skip Anna Sloan who plays third for Team Muirhead said: “In an Olympic Games, they always say that fourth place is the worst place to be. It's raw and it's hurting right now.

“The desired outcome was a two to win the game. I think when there is a shot for two, you are always going to go for it.

“It was there, we all saw the shot, we all liked the shot. Unfortunately it didn't come off and gave Japan the steal of one with the win. It's curling, sometimes you are the right side of the inch and sometimes you are the wrong side of the inch.”

“We went out there with pride and we're going to come away with pride for the way we have conducted ourselves, the way we have trained, the way we've tried to get the best out of each other throughout not just the Olympic Games but also the four years that have been leading up to this moment.”

Four time world champion Glenn Howard and the team’s tactical coach said he was proud of their performance.

“What I love is the fact we had a shot to win the game. I said all along it would come down to the last shot. Unfortunately Eve missed it. It wasn't an easy shot but it was a makeable shot,” he said.

“We're disappointed. But they gave it their all. Eve definitely made the right call taking that shot, unfortunately it just didn't curl and work out for us.

“Obviously any loss is disappointing whether it's their first game or last game. It will hurt for a bit but the proverbial sun comes up tomorrow.

“This isn't going to faze them. They will learn from this and come back stronger.”

The women’s final between Sweden and hosts Korea takes place tomorrow, whilst the men’s final was won by the USA, with Sweden taking silver and Switzerland bronze.

Standings after women’s round robin (win-loss):

Q Korea 8-1
Q Sweden 7-2
Q Great Britain 6-3
Q Japan 5-4
China 4-5
Canada 4-5
Switzerland 4-5
United States 4-5
Olympic Athlete from Russia 2-7
Denmark 1-8

Semi final results:

GB (women) v Sweden 5-10
Japan v Korea 7-8 (EE) 7-8

Bronze medal game:

GB v Japan 3-5

Sweden v Korea

Standings after men’s round robin (win-loss):

Tie breaker GB v Switzerland 5-9

Q Sweden 7-2
Q Canada 6-3
Q United States 5-4
Q Switzerland 5-4
Great Britain 5-4
Norway 4-5
Korea 4-5
Japan 4-5
Italy 3-6
Denmark 2-7

Semi final results:

Sweden v Switzerland 9-3
Canada v USA 3-5

Bronze medal game:

Switzerland v Canada 7-5


USA v Sweden 10-7

Competition schedule (GMT) and results:

14 February
00.05 GB v Switzerland (men) 6-5
05.05 GB v OAR (women) 10-3
11.05 GB v Canada (men) 6-4

15 February
00.05 GB v USA (women) 4-7
05.05 GB v Japan (men) 6-5
11.05 GB v China (women) 8-7 (EE)

16 February
11.05 GB v Sweden (men) 6-8

17 February
11.05 GB v Denmark (women) 7-6
05.05 GB v Korea (men) 5-11
11.05 GB v Korea (women) 4-7

18 February
05.05 GB v Sweden (women) 6-8
11.05 GB v Italy (men) 7-6

19 February
05.05 GB v Denmark (men) 7-6
11.05 GB v Switzerland (women) 8-7

20 February
00.05 GB v Norway (men) 10-3
05.05 GB v Japan (women) 8-6

21 February
00.05 GB v Canada (women) 6-5
11.05 GB v USA (men) 10-4

22 February
00.05 Tiebreakers men and women
00.05 GB (men) v Switzerland 5-9
11.05 Semi finals (men)

23 February
06.30 Bronze (men) Switzerland v Canada 9-3
11.05 Semi finals (women) GB v Sweden 5-10

24 February
06.30 Final (men) USA v Sweden 10-7
11.05 Bronze (women) GB v Japan 3-5

25 February
00.05 Final (women) Sweden v Korea


Photos: WCF / Richard Gray

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