Muirhead sets sights on turning Olympic bronze into gold
February 28, 2014 12:15 pm
Eve Muirhead allowed herself only a brief moment to reflect on her Olympic curling bronze medal before quickly resetting her sights on an upgrade in Pyeongchang.
Muirhead and her rink of Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Claire Hamilton and alternate Lauren Gray lost to Canada in the semi-finals in Sochi but rebounded to beat Switzerland to win Team GB's first women's curling medal since their coach Rhona Howie struck gold in 2002.
They won't defend their world title next month because the Scottish team trials clashed with the Olympics but Muirhead revealed she won't settle for any less than domination in the four year build up to 2018.
“An Olympic medal is someone’s dream and for us to get that feels fantastic but I want to make my way up that podium,” said Muirhead.
“The next three years I’m going to train hard because I really want to get to the top of that podium in South Korea .
“That is definitely the main goal, after we lost that semi final out in Sochi, it kind of shatters your dreams.
“We trained hard to get to that final and I know our coach is exactly the same, you go out there to be the best.
“We knew we were going in as world champions and we knew we were one of the best teams in the world and for that to get shattered was tough.
“But I think it proves what kind of athletes we were being able to bounce back, we didn’t have long before the bronze medal game, but we really came back strong to win that last game.”
Muirhead's rink has an average age of just 23 but the consistency of their results at the top level brings expectation and they can no longer be written off as new kids on the block.
“I guess a few years ago in the circuit you were known as the young one but now we’re still young but we’re probably known as the more experienced team – we’re not really newbies on the block anymore and I think that’s great,” she added.
“We’ve put this team together in the last few years and we’ve had a successful few years winning several Grand Slams, European and world titles as well.
“I’d like to think this is only a stepping stone in a continuously successful career."
Britain's Olympians equalled their previous best ever medal haul in Sochi - their return of one gold, one silver and two bronzes identical to Team GB's record at the 1924 Games in Chamonix.
And Muirhead believes the London 2012 effect made a difference.
"I think the London Games really spurred the winter athletes on because we knew how successful they were,” Muirhead said.
“I was lucky enough to get the chance to go down to London and that really was a boost for myself.
“You see these guys on the podium getting their medals for their country and Great Britain so it makes you want to do it as well.
“When you see the kind of show that London put on, I don’t think Sochi was far behind with the whole Olympic Park atmosphere so it definitely helped.”
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