Murdoch keen to capitalise on new love for curling
March 1, 2014 09:54 am
David Murdoch hopes the new found interest in curling will not be passing fad - and believes Sochi could mark a massive revolution for the sport in the United Kingdom.
Murdoch and his rink of Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews, Michael Goodfellow and alternate Tom Brewster, have been enjoying their celebrity status since returning from Sochi, with champagne receptions, a trip to Downing Street and a succession of television appearances.
And the Olympic silver medallist believes improved funding and recognition will only attract more talent into the sport.
"It’s incredible to be back and have that support, we heard a lot about it and obviously I stayed on social media throughout, so you can really get a sense of what the public are feeling back home," he said.
"They were really going crazy for curling and that’s great for us and our sport in general – it’s just so nice to be back with a medal around our neck.
"I’ve been funded for nearly 12 years now and to be honest we wouldn’t have the medals round our necks without it. Curling is a professional sport now and you’re starting to see a lot of teams being funded around the world now and we’re lucky enough to have that right now.
"It’s really helped us hone our skills against all the countries around the world and keep up with other nations as well.
"If we can keep pushing on with that and don’t stay still then hopefully the funding can really help the future generation of curlers coming through.
"I would have never imagined myself here 12 years ago, it’s hard to believe that I have an Olympic medal, you dream of it but you never think it’s going to become a reality.
"It’s just a lot of hard work and dedication, hang in there when times are tough and enjoy the moments when they’re good and it’s a very special time right now."
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