Winter Olympics - British women face curling exit

Eurosport - Tue, 23 Feb 06:00:00 2010

Four successive losses have left Great Britain's women curlers teetering on the brink of Olympic elimination.

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Eve Muirhead debut began so brightly with victory over reigning world champions China and while defeat to defending champions Sweden followed, so did victories over Russia and Germany.

But errors have slowly but surely crept into the 19-year-old's game and the most recent defeat to Denmark summed up the Scottish teenager's plight. A decent start was not built on and in the closing ends the mistakes crept in before Madeleine Dupont sealed a 9-8 win.

"We haven't had the tournament we wanted to have," she said.

"We have worked so hard over the last year or so and to finish on a note like this at the Olympic Games is disappointing."

To have any chance of extending their stay in British Columbia, firstly Great Britain must beat Canadian skip Cheryl Bernard who has won six of her seven matches and then keep their fingers crossed.

Vancouver 2010 has certainly been a harsh learning curve for Britain's three-time world junior champion, and while all hope is not lost, Muirhead is already looking to the future.

"There is so much I can learn from the experience and take the positives and move forward to more championships and further Olympic Games," she added.

"Moving up to the seniors is definitely a big step but it has to be done at some point.

"Playing against Canada is going to be a tough game, but we just need to go out and play the way we know we can."

While all manner of possible equations remain, Great Britain will certainly need to beat Canada and hope Switzerland's Mirjam Ott loses her remaining two matches and even then qualification is far from assured.

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