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GB Men's Curling Team Take On Canada For Gold
The British men's curling team will today bid to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The four Scots, led by skip David Murdoch, take on Canada in the final after beating Sweden in a dramatic semi-final tie.
The only time Britain has won gold in the men's curling event was in 1924 at the first-ever Winter Olympic Games.
Then, Britain picked up four medals, a tally that GB has equalled in Sochi after Eve Muirhead's women's curling team won bronze on Thursday.
A crowd will gather to watch today's final on TV at Lockerbie Ice Rink, where David Murdoch learnt his craft, coached by his Mum, Marion.
So were two members of the GB women's team. Anna Sloan and Claire Hamilton. It is an impressive triple achievement for the small facility on the edge of the Dumfriesshire town.
So what drives Lockerbie's talent conveyor belt?
Gordon Ferrie, Director of Lockerbie Ice Rink, told Sky News: "When they came here, they had a real love of curling.
"They get superb coaching from the curling staff here and then, very quickly, they start competing at a local level against some high quality curlers.
"The quality of curlers at Lockerbie Ice Rink is phenomenal, so if the juniors manage to come through there and are achieving well, they can achieve anywhere - in Scotland, Europe, the world."
The GB curlers have already exceeded expectations. The British Olympic Association had pencilled in one medal, of any colour, from the curling rink. With the bronze already in the bag, the least the men's team can expect is a silver.
Curling originated in Scotland in the 16th century, when it was played on frozen ponds.
The Lockerbie ice rink was built in the 1970s by local farmers, who used it to play during the winter months when work on the farm was less demanding. Today, the rink continues to boast a healthy crop of young talent in the wake of its Olympians.
Michael Stevenson, Chairman of Lockerbie Ice Rink, told Sky News: "The beauty of curling is that it's a tactical game, it keeps you active in winter and it's very sociable.
"There's a lot to the sport. When beginners come into it, they don't appreciate the subtleties of the game but they soon realise it's complicated."
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