Eve Muirhead offers her bold prediction for Team GB curls after being introduced as British flag-bearer in Beijing


Team GB flag bearer Eve Muirhead backed the curlers from Scotland to bring home an incredible three medals from Beijing.

At tomorrow’s opening ceremony, Muirhead will be the second curler to carry the flag after Rhona Martin received the honor at the Closing Ceremony in 2002 and the Inauguration in 2006.

But Muirhead, who will share duties with skier and four-time Olympian Dave Ryding, has his eye on a bigger slice of British Winter Olympics history in Beijing.

The 31-year-old believes Bruce Mouat’s men’s team, the dynamic mixed doubles duo of Mouat and Jennifer Dodds and her own women’s court are capable of bringing the precious metal back.

“There’s nothing stopping us from coming out with three medals,” Muirhead said.

“Bruce and his men are the best team in the world right now and they are going to be in the mix for medals.

“Bruce and Jen are off to a fantastic start, a dream start, in doubles and as world champions they are coming into form.

“My team is capable of beating all teams and we have done it this season. We will have difficult games, but we have shown that we can beat anyone”.

Muirhead is the only Olympic veteran in curling’s current crop of ten people, but they couldn’t be better equipped with form and experience to deal with the scrutiny of the Games.

Mouat and Dodds beat world bronze medalists Sweden and reigning Olympic champions Canada in their opening two games, showing early command of the Ice Cube conditions despite a subsequent 8-7 loss to Switzerland.

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Skip Muirhead wants to take advantage of his teammate’s knowledge of exactly how the sheets will play in the repurposed Aquatic Center.

“It’s a big advantage for us that we have two athletes competing in the Ice Cube before us,” he said.

“With Jen and Bruce, there’s an opportunity to sit down with them before we start and get some inside information on ice conditions. The stones will be different but will probably react very similarly.

“We will make sure to support Jen and Bruce as much as we can as long as they continue to compete.

“To be honest, the rest of the teams will expect to be in the arena for all their matches. The more curling you watch, the more you learn.”

Muirhead is guiding a young and newly formed track at the Olympics, made up of leader Hailey Duff, second Dodds and third Vicky Wright.

Having made her Olympic debut as a teenager and sealed the Sochi silver to become the youngest female high jumper to win an Olympic medal, Muirhead is used to being asked about cheat codes.

“If I go back to Vancouver, I was one of the youngest on the team, but now I’m one of the oldest,” she said.

“It’s funny how things change and a lot of them have asked me for advice, different questions about the Olympics. I will always give them that.

“Many of them ask for advice and it would be to enjoy the environment, enjoy the experience but know when to turn on and off.

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“When you’re in curling mode, it’s all work, but sometimes you have to kick back and enjoy what’s a great event.”

Dodds, 30, narrowly missed the mark in death to give the Swiss an 8-7 win at the Ice Cube.
Dodds, 30, narrowly missed the mark in death to give the Swiss an 8-7 win at the Ice Cube.

Muirhead doesn’t need to be reminded that he is following in the footsteps of a giant in the form of Martin, whose gold medal 20 years ago in Salt Lake City was the last time Team GB took the highest step in their sport.

“Being asked to be one of the flag bearers is a dream come true,” he said. “It’s something I never dreamed I’d do, and I never dreamed I’d be back at a fourth Olympiad.

“It has been a rollercoaster to get here, many challenges and many achievements. I feel very honored, very privileged, it’s something I look forward to and will never forget.

“Rhona led the team when she won her gold and to continue that and be another curler and a Scotswoman to do that is very special.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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