Eve Muirhead inspires women’s curlers from Team Britain to Winter Olympics final

Muirhead had an affinity for pulling off Houdini’s deeds and did it again as Great Britain rallied from a four-stone deficit in the first end to win a thrilling semi-final 12-11.

It echoed Rhona Martin’s stone of fate 20 years ago as Muirhead landed a perfect last stone for a four at the penultimate end to go up 11-8.

But her opposing captain Anna Hasselborg showed why she is the reigning Olympic champion with an equally well-placed rock for a three to force an extra set.

In a stinging finish inside the Ice Cube, Muirhead kept his cool to force a Hasselborg error for a place in the final in his third Olympic semi-final that had looked unlikely just 24 hours earlier.

Eve Muirhead led Team GB women’s curlers to another stunning comeback against Sweden

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Team reserve Mili Smith summed it up nicely, calling it “the most stressful curling game I’ve ever watched.” Muirhead, meanwhile, said: “Third time lucky. I was desperate because these opportunities don’t come around very often. I was so, so proud of these girls. All week we dug so deep. I’m pretty speechless right now. It seems incredible to say that we are in the Olympic final. ”

Set to retire to the round robin stadium on Thursday, the quartet of Muirhead, Vicky Wright, Jen Dodds and Hailey Duff beat the Russian Olympic Committee 9-4 and advanced to the semi-finals thanks to the curling coin toss challenge. tiebreaker.

But in their semi-final against the Swedes, they got off to the most disastrous start to find themselves four behind and already facing a mountain to make it a contest.

Rather than jolt the Brits, this created a change in tactics from Hasselborg as they went on the defensive on the next volley, a costly mistake giving GB a reprieve, three rocks and placing them crucially at a stroke of the head.

A steal in the fifth end tied the game and capped a stunning comeback, only for Sweden to get a two to force themselves past.

Muirhead’s rink responded with a two and did exceptionally well to limit their opponents to one rock in the eighth end.

But the game changed dramatically in the penultimate end as the Swedish red stones found themselves overwhelmed by the British yellows, a superb last stone by the GB skip sealing a four and putting them in a dominant position.

Undeterred, the Swedes equalized to force that final end, which Great Britain edged to set up a final against Japan.

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