Murdoch thinking of past and looking to future
January 31, 2014 11:27 am
David Murdoch wants his take an Olympic medal back to Lockerbie, a town whose name is indelibly linked to a tragic day 25 years ago.
British curling skip Murdoch will make his third Olympic appearance in Sochi, where he arrives ranked number two in the world after bronze medals at the most recent World and European Championships.
He started curling in the same year as Pan-Am Flight 103 crashed on his home town after a terrorist bomb, killing all 259 on board and 11 residents.
In the days after his curling club was used a temporary morgue and family farm became a landing site for military helicopters.
"I was ten but I saw it come down, I was about 300 yards away," said Murdoch.
“I was in the car driving back home. I was on an adjacent street and it was just like a bomb going off. There was the 25th anniversary of Lockerbie recently and there were tough times there.
"It’s a real nice town with a lot of good people in it and I’d love to walk through there with an Olympic medal.”
Murdoch's experience could be decisive with the British rink completed by Olympic newcomers, Scott Andrews, Tom Brewster, Greg Drummond and Michael Goodfellow, a cohesive unit who had reached world finals on their own before Murdoch joined them last season.
"Nothing will phase these guys. They’re young and they’re just enjoying it," he added.
"Obviously the things I have learned I’ve told the team, what might happen, what might not happen but we can only do what we can.
"We play big competitions all the time and we won't be walking in there thinking ‘this is the Olympic Games, I’ve trained four years for this’, that alters your mind too much."
Murdoch's rink open their campaign against hosts Russia before taking on Sweden's Niklas Edin, the defending world and European champion, later in the same day.
"I’ve actually trained harder for this than for the previous two Games and I’ve certainly got a higher consistency on ice," he added.
"It’s another four years’ experience for me and the older you get in curling, the better you get, so hopefully that’s the case for me."
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