BREAKING NEWS: Team GB clinch their FIRST medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics as the men’s curling squad secure at least silver after beating the USA in their Beijing semi-final… and they will now play Sweden on Saturday
Bruce Mouat’s team held their nerve to beat the Americans 8-4 and book their place in Saturday’s Olympic final against Sweden.
Fighting back from a nightmare start in which they conceded two with the ‘hammer’ in the first end, they led by a point at the halfway stage.
Team GB have secured their first medal of the 2022 Winter Olympics in the men’s curling event
Bruce Mouat’s team beat the USA in the Chinese capital to guarantee at least a silver medal
The Americans are the reigning Olympic champions and beat Britain in the round-robin stage
The Americans blanked three consecutive ends as they sought a bigger return for their last stone advantage, but were forced to give one away in the ninth.
Armed with a 6-4 lead going into the final end, Mouat’s team retained control, and when US skip John Shuster’s final attempted take-out went awry, the Britons’ advance was secured.
Mouat was pleased with the win after a mixed bag of an Olympics so far.
‘The last two weeks, especially for myself, has been a bit of a roller coaster so this is very special,’ he told BBC Sport.
‘I’m so excited to be able to share the moment with the guys and the celebration at the end was pure elation. I don’t think I can sum it up any other way.
‘I am excited to play that game and we have got a day off tomorrow. Just looking forward to getting on the ice again and going for that gold.
‘We knew that we were going to have two games today so we came out to win this morning to keep momentum going and built that into the semi-final, that is exactly what we needed to do.’
Britain recovered from a dreadful start in which they conceded two with the ‘hammer’ early on
US skip John Shuster’s final attempted take-out went awry, handing the British team victory
The British team will now take on Sweden in Saturday’s final for the gold medal in Beijing
Earlier, Mouat’s men’s team made sure of a shot at a place in the final by brushing aside Canada to finish top of their round-robin standings.
Mouat’s side claimed a 5-2 win to end an impressive group stage with an 8-1 record.
The Swedes – skipped by veteran Niklas Edin, whom Mouat’s men defeated earlier in the competition – defeated Canada in the second semi-final.
Great Britain’s women squeezed into the semi-finals by 10 centimetres as Eve Muirhead fashioned a great escape at the National Aquatics Centre in Beijing.
Muirhead, a bronze medallist in Sochi in 2014, went into the last match of the round-robin phase against the Russian Olympic Committee requiring at least three results to go her way in order to book a top-four spot.
The 31-year-old kept her side of the bargain with a brilliant double take-out in the penultimate end to score four and seal a 9-4 win, then waited nervously while Sweden beat South Korea in order to guarantee their place.
‘We were in the mixed zone watching TV – I don’t think many of us could really watch the screen,’ said team-mate Jennifer Dodds, who will now get a second shot at guaranteeing an Olympic medal after missing out in the mixed event.
‘You never know and we were not 100 per cent sure. But when we got it confirmed it was more relief than anything else.’