Sochi Bronze Medallist Eve Muirhead Reflects On 2014 Olympics

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Sochi bronze medal winning skip Eve Muirhead will be watching her 2014 medal match in full for the first time when it is aired on BBC Scotland tonight at 7.15pm.

“I am really excited that the BBC will be showing it and I think it is really great publicity for curling,” said Muirhead. 

“For me watching it back will be really strange as I haven’t actually watched the game from start to finish. You obviously see quite a lot of different highlights from certain shots and I do remember certain aspects of the game but I couldn’t tell you what happened every single end. It’s all a bit of a blur to be honest.

“I do remember it being one of the toughest games I have every curled in.”

The Team GB women comprising Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Claire Hamilton and Lauren Gray had gone into the Games as reigning world champions so missing out on the Olympic final had been a disappointment. However they showed incredible character by bouncing back from their semi final defeat to Canada’s Jennifer Jones who went on to win the Olympic title, by winning their bronze medal game to claim their first Olympic medals.

“To show the team’s courage and the ability to bounce back within 24 hours to get that bronze medal was a really, really special moment,” said Muirhead.

“It was unbelievable and what was actually quite tough but also quite good was we won the bronze medal and we didn’t actually get the bronze medals around our necks for another three days.

“Those three days were filled with a lot of media and the chance to go up the mountain to see a bit of the skiing and snowboarding. Eventually it was the ceremony at the medal plaza and we got that medal, but I don’t think I slept for those three days.

“Honestly it is a moment you never forget. It just makes the last few days of the Olympics so much better, the closing ceremony was so much fun and then I guess when you get home it is crazy how much your life changes from making that curling shot, to win that bronze medal and for the team to put together such a great performance. “

Reflecting on that medal success from 2014 will probably be even more poignant in 2020, having narrowly missed out on claiming her second Olympic bronze in PyeongChang in 2018. However, Muirhead has not been deterred and has ambitions of targeting an Olympic final at future Games. 

“I am so, so competitive. Yes I have an Olympic medal but I still want a different colour Olympic medal. Of course it is an achievement only a few people have… but being as competitive as I am, I do want to go back to another Olympic Games and I do want to fight for a better place on the podium,” she said.

“We are good enough as a team to be the best in the world. We haven’t had the chance to prove that yet as this quartet but I do believe that with the coaching system we have in place, the experience of all the support staff we work with, we are capable of winning an Olympic gold medal.”

Tune in tonight for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics bronze medal game at 7.15pm on BBC Scotland

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