Team Muirhead will contest a medal match at PyeongChang 2018 after qualifying for the curling semi-finals, while Kyle Smith’s rink will need to navigate a tie-breaker with Switzerland in order to keep their Olympic hopes alive.
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Eve Muirhead secured her team a place in the semi-finals – and a guaranteed match for a medal – with a brilliant victory over Canadian world champion Rachel Homan.
Her British rink – including Vicki Adams, Lauren Gray and Anna Sloan – now face Sweden on Friday for a place in the gold medal match.
And they’ve been here before, losing the semi-final in Sochi to Canada four years ago, only to rebound just hours later to secure bronze.
Muirhead still labels that loss the toughest and most sobering of her career but this time the Canadians won’t be around to inflict it.
“The last few days we’ve been getting better and better and it’s all about building momentum for when it matters, these are the matches where we’ll be judged,” said Muirhead.
“Our aim was to book that semi-final slot and we’ve shown a lot of determination and patience and we’re in a good place.
“We loved playing under pressure, we thrive at this level and we’ve been here before. We’ll stay focused and clinical.”
Meanwhile, Kyle Smith insists there will be no panic after a loss to the United States. The British rink now face Switzerland for a place in Thursday evening’s semi-finals.
He said: “I don’t really see it as pressure. It’s the chance to make the Olympic semi-finals and that’s what we all play for, these chances.
“We’ll definitely be ready and it’s a great chance to showcase our sport and show how well we can play in those pressure situations.”
Mica McNeill cemented her reputation as one of bobsleigh’s fastest drivers after recording Britain’s best-ever finish with an eighth place alongside Mica Moore at the Olympic Sliding Centre.
And they now believe they’ve done enough to push on towards Beijing. “We’re buzzing about that result,” said McNeil.
“We deserved to come here, we knew we could absolutely kill it. We want to go to Beijing 2022 and absolutely smash it and be among the medals.
“We’ve got four years to work on things, get faster on the start and improve my driving skills. I definitely think we’re capable of a medal in four years time.”