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Team GB’s women’s curling representatives will get into action at the International Bernese Ladies Cup this week (11-14 January) marking their competitive debut in Winter Olympic year. 

Eve Muirhead who skipped Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Lauren Gray and alternate Kelly Schafer to the European Championships title at the end of last year is now ready to get back into gear. Muirhead’s rink won the Bernese Ladies title in Switzerland back in 2014, which helped to establish their medal winning form as they went onto to claim a bronze medal at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

Muirhead said: “After a short festive break with family and friends we are excited to get started in 2018. With the Olympics less than a month away it’s important we knuckle down now and focus on the next few weeks.

“We have two competitions left before the Games, the first one, this weekend in Berne. The field is strong with a triple knockout format and we kick off our campaign versus Gertsch from Switzerland.”

Three other British Curling teams will also be in field including fellow Sochi medallist Claire Hamilton who has been skipping a new line-up for the 2017-18 season, as well as Team Fleming and Team Jackson.

For these teams their focus is very much on the Scottish Championships next month and ensuring they are as well prepared as possible leading into that event.

Skip Sophie Jackson who led her rink to silver at the World Junior Championships last year is ready to get going in 2018. Jackson said: “We are all looking forward to getting back into action in the run up to the championship end of the season. We are enjoying being back on the ice practicing and excited about competing again.”

Last year’s national championship finalists Team Fleming are also looking to boost their chances of lifting the Scottish trophy this time around. Skip Hannah Fleming said: “We had a good break over the festive period to take stock and work on things, especially at the training camp at the NCA. During this time we had the opportunity to work on team dynamics. So not only do we feel physically prepared for the business end of the season, we also feel mentally ready too.

“In Bern we want to continue building on our processes so that when we reach the Scottish championships in February, we are as ready as we can be,” she added.

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