Winter Olympics: GB men’s curlers beat China and women defeat Denmark



Hosts: Beijing, China Dates: 4-20 February
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Both of Great Britain’s curling teams managed wins at the Winter Olympics as the women’s side beat Denmark after the men defeated China.

Eve Muirhead, Vicky Wright, Jen Dodds, and Hailey Duff were controlled in triumphing 7-2 for their third win in five games.

Bruce Mouat, Grant Hardie, Bobby Lammie, and Hammy McMillan also played well in their 7-6 victory to move second in the standings.

The men face Denmark at 12:05 GMT.

Mouat’s side had Saturday off after bouncing back from defeat with a convincing win over Norway on Friday, and the British skip got his side off the mark in the second end by chipping a Chinese stone out to leave four of his own in the scoring zone.

After China reduced the deficit to one, Britain opted to blank the next three ends in order to retain last-stone advantage, and their patience finally paid off in the eighth when Mouat capitalized on an error to roll in for three and a decisive 7- 3 lead.

The Scottish quartet were able to restrict the Chinese to one with the hammer in the penultimate end, and were content to give up two in the last.

“We enjoyed that game,” Mouat said. “It was different to other games we’ve played; there were a lot of hits.

“It was just nice to get that four in the second end. That kind of relaxed things and we knew we were in a good, confident position from there.”

Each team plays nine matches in the round-robin stage, with the top four advancing to the semi-finals.

Muirhead’s side back on track

After losing two of their first three matches, Muirhead’s side were under pressure – and backed up their 10-5 win against the United States.

They immediately hit the front by taking two in the first end with the hammer, but Denmark kept pace all the way to the ninth end in a cagey encounter.

After Britain emerged from a closely fought eighth end with one and a 4-2 lead, Denmark skip Madeleine Dupont was left with a difficult draw to stop Muirhead’s side scoring three, but her attempt was heavy.

Britain’s women return to the ice on Monday to play Canada at 12:05.

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