Murdoch guarantees silver - but now he wants Olympic gold
February 19, 2014 18:52 pm
David Murdoch has guaranteed Olympic silver - but it's gold he wants in Friday's men's curling final.
Murdoch, alongside his Team GB rink of Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow, kept his head in a tense semi-final with Swedish world champion Niklas Edin in Sochi.
The match was close throughout but he secured the decisive points with the final stone of the final end, winning 6-5.
And now he faces Canada in the final, whose skip Brad Jacobs overcame China convincingly to set up an intriguing head-to-head.
"I want the gold, you get this opportunity once in a lifetime and it's up to us to seize the day and make some incredible history," said Murdoch.
"I'm delighted getting the medal I've worked so long for but we want the gold and we'll be pushing everything to get that.
"I hope it's our time. The curling Gods have been looking down on me this week and it makes a change. We have to go out there with confidence and no fear, go for it and believe it.
"If we play well then we've got every chance."
Murdoch - fourth at his debut Games in Turin - admitted he thought his Olympic dream was over after the Vancouver Games, where he arrived as world champion but failed to perform.
"It's an outrageous feeling and I can't believe it," he added.
"That's a reward for 12 years of dedicating yourself to a sport, to beating your body up, going through injuries, training hard and making sacrifices. After all that time I've proved it pays off.
"Having the experience of the few near misses in Turin and Vancouver has helped me keep my head and settle my play this week. This team believes in itself, I can't believe the confidence we have and now we're in the Olympic final."
The victory over Sweden secures Team GB's third medal of the Games, equalling their best performance since the 1936 Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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