It was arguably the worst-kept secret in British curling but today it was confirmed by the British Olympic Association that Eve Muirhead and her team of Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton will be representing Great Britain in women’s curling at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
They are the first athletes to be officially named as part of Team GB for the 2014 games.
Eve said: “I am thrilled to be part of Team GB in Sochi. This will be my second Olympics and I’m excited – having won the worlds this year we want to continue our winning streak. It’s not often we get to compete as Team GB and, as proud as we are to compete for Scotland, it’s great to be part of a British team too.”
With Eve, Anna, Vicki and Claire going into the Winter Olympics as World Champions, we can surely look forward to seeing them feature prominently in Sochi.
One issue remains, however.
Team GB will require an alternate for Sochi but with the already documented clash of the Games with the Scottish Championships, who would be willing to give up their place at the nationals?
Lauren Gray was Team Muirhead’s alternate in Riga where they won world gold but she will presumably be playing for Team Hannah Fleming at the nationals – a team justifiably expected to perform very well and potentially win their first Scottish title.
Watch this space.
The British Paralympic Association also announced the Paralympics GB team for Sochi today.
Gregor Ewan, Tom Killin, Aileen Neilson and Robert McPherson are the wheelchair curlers who will feature next year.
Tom Killin is the most experienced member of the team and he said: “I am over the moon to be selected for Sochi 2014. This will be my fifth Paralympics and I am as excited today as I was on my first selection [to compete in Wheelchair Fencing] for Arnhem 1980.”
You can read more about their selection here.
Once we know the men’s team, the Team GB lineup for Sochi will be complete although it would be safe to assume that the ready-made quintet of Murdoch, Brewster, Drummond, Andrews and Goodfellow are going to be on the plane to Russia.
Photo is © Richard Gray/WCF 2013