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  • 20 February 2014, 17:13

Curling Medal Gives Team GB Best Ever Games

Britain is celebrating its most sucessful Winter Olympics since 1924 after Team GB's women's curling team picked up a bronze medal.

The team of Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Claire Hamilton and Lauren Gray secured Britain's third medal of the Games with a 6-5 win against Switzerland at the Ice Cube Curling Centre.

And a fourth medal is on the way - with the men's curling team guaranteed at least a silver when they face Canada on Friday.

The last time Britain won four medals was at the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, in 1924.

Lizzy Yarnold's skeleton gold and a bronze for Jenny Jones in snowboard slopestyle complete Team GB'smedal haul, so far, in Sochi.

The bronze was the first Olympic medal for Britain's women curlers since their coach RhonaHowie - then Rhona Martin - skipped the team to victory in Salt Lake City in 2002.

A jubilant Muirhead told the BBC: "Words can't describe it - it hasn't quite sunk in but this is fantastic.

"It was a great game that could have gone either way. We were chasing a little bit in the first half but we stepped it up when we knew we had to.

"The girls were fantastic. I'm so happy. We're all pushing each other and it makes it more fun to win something."

Britain took the lead on Thursday for the first time in the eighth of the 10 ends when an official's measuring gauge was needed to grant them a second point.

Ott tied it up at 5-5 with her last stone in the ninth but Team GB were able to roll up the final stone with some ease to claim the victory.

Vice-skip Anna Sloan said: "It was a great team effort. The girls swept it really well and judged it to perfection."

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