Bronze lining for Britain, Muirhead
Bronze medal match: Great Britain 6, Switzerland 5
No doubt Eve Muirhead's rink was looking for a gold medal in Sochi, but they'll gladly take home the bronze instead after downing Switzerland in a tight match on Thursday.
Muirhead's hammer shot in the final end landed on the button and lifted Great Britain to the win, which is now assured of two curling medals.
"The Olympic medal was the one medal we have been missing," Muirhead said, "and for me to win with three or four of my best friends is so special."
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Canada plays Sweden in the gold-medal game later Thursday.
Muirhead was in tears on the ice after victory was sealed, showing the emotional side of an athlete who arguably has had to shoulder more pressure than any other British competitor in Sochi.
"I maybe come across that I'm kind of stern-faced, focused," she said, "but really inside I'm maybe not quite as hard as people think I am."
Embedded owg_slideshow: Tears flow as Britain tops Swiss for bronze
It was Britain's first curling medal since 2002, when the women's team captured the gold. Britain already had won a gold and a bronze in Sochi and is assured of either a gold or silver in men's curling with David Murdoch's team in the final. Britain last won four Winter Games medals in 1924.
In addition to the curling medals, Lizzy Yarnold won gold in women’s skeleton in Sochi and Jenny Jones won bronze in snowboard-slopestyle.
"What's so pleasing is that this is a different culture," said Sebastian Coe, chairman of the British Olympic Association. "It's not something that we have had a strong toehold in over the years but there are sports here we can build on."
Muirhead's rink is also the youngest at Sochi, with an average age of 23 years 245 days at the start of competition.
Thursday's bronze medal makes her rink the youngest on an Olympic Winter Games curling podium by almost two years.
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