Team GB Women’s curlers through to final after Sweden thriller
Great Britain’s women’s curlers are through to the Winter Olympics final after a stunning 12-11 win over Sweden.
Skip Eve Muirhead scored a stunning four in the ninth end to give GB an 11–8 lead but Sweden, led by Anna Hasselborg, held their nerve to score three to force an extra end.
Hasselborg was unable to get her stone in a scoring position in the extra end as GB booked their place in the final.
The match started in the worst possible way for the British rink of Muirhead, Jennifer Dodds, Hailey Duff and Vicky Wright as Sweden scored four in the opening end.
They hit back with three of their own though to drag themselves back into the match.
Sweden kept their noses in front for most of the match but Britain’s four in the ninth end looked like it was enough.
Hasselborg hit back though, but Muirhead and co were able to pick off the Swedish stones in the extra end to deliver the killer blow.
“It is third time lucky. I’ve lost two semi-finals before and I was desperate for it,” Muirhead told BBC Sport.
“These moments and opportunities don’t come around very often.
“I’m so proud of these girls. It is such a team game and all week we have dug so deep.
“I’m pretty speechless right now but what a moment. It sounds amazing to say we’re in an Olympic final.”