Curling - Muirhead and her rink first GB athletes selected for Sochi 2014

Eve Muirhead leads the first four athletes officially selected onto the British team for next year's Olympics in Sochi and she's targeting curling gold at her second Games.

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Scotland's skip Eve Muirhead in Riga (Reuters)

Muirhead skipped Britain at Vancouver 2010 but is the only one to remain from that squad with her 2013 World Championship gold-medal winning rink confirmed for Sochi.

That means Claire Hamilton, Anna Sloan and Vicki Adams will join her on the plane to Russia next year looking to add Olympic gold to their growing major championship medal haul.

Britain have won two curling medals at the Olympics, both gold from Chamonix 1924 and most recently Rhona Howie, formerly Martin, from the Salt Lake 2002 Games.

And Muirhead, seventh at Vancouver 2010, is determined to show the improvements she has made over the past four years when she takes to the ice in Sochi.

"I am thrilled to be part of Team GB in Sochi. This will be my second Olympics and I'm excited. Having won the worlds this year we want to continue our winning streak," she said.

"It's not often we get to compete as Team GB and, as proud as we are to compete for Scotland, it's great to be part of a British team too."

And Team GB Chef de Mission for Sochi Mike Hay, coach of Howie's rink back in 2002, is expecting Muirhead, Hamilton, Sloan and Adams to be in the medal mix in Russia.

"I am delighted to welcome the curlers as the first members of Team GB. They are reigning world champions and earned the right for Team GB to be represented at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games with their performances at the past two World Championships," he said.

"The 2013 season was their best ever, adding the Players' Championships to their world crown so they know how to win and what it takes to be successful at major events.

"With Eve skipping the rink they also have Olympic experience to draw on from Vancouver 2010 so they are well equipped to challenge for medals in Sochi."

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