Muirhead claims prized Canadian scalp at Continental Cup

Eve Muirhead's rink gave themselves a further confidence boost ahead of next month's Winter Olympics with a comprehensive victory over one of their biggest rivals for gold in Sochi.

The reigning world champions, who won last week's competitive Bern International, defeated Canada's Jennifer Jones 12-2 at the Continental Cup in Las Vegas.

The game turned with a steal of three points in the fourth end and Muirhead hammered down her advantage with two more points in the next.

The win gave Team World a flying start as they took on the best of North America in a competition that sees curlers compete in a variety of formats.

“It was a great start, we played really well and the ice conditions are fantastic," she said.

“We had a really solid game out there and to get the first points on the board for Team World was good.”

However, there was disappointment for David Murdoch, who will be making his fifth Olympic appearance in Sochi.

His rink were narrowly defeated 5-3 by the USA Olympic team, skipped by John Shuster.

North America currently lead the rest of the world 6-3, with the first team to 30 points securing the trophy.

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