Team GB Results – Wednesday 17th February
A good day was expected for Team GB as both teams of curlers, Chemmy Alcott and Ben Kilner were set to compete. We also saw Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young back on the snow as well as our short track speed skaters in competition. So, how did we get on?
Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Let’s start on a positive note. Our women’s curlers got off to a fantastic start – winning against the reigning world champions China 5-4. It all came down to the final stone as Eve Muirhead grasped victory from the jaws of defeat.
Muirhead was suitably thrilled and beamed “I was delighted with the win, to beat China skipped by Wang who are the world champions.” However, Team GB had to follow this amazing performance with a match against current Olympic champions Sweden. They eventually went down 6-4 but did well to keep the Swedes within touching distance throughout.
The men’s curlers were looking to bounce back from an opening defeat as they faced France in the second match. Dave Murdoch got the team playing well and led 6-2 at the halfway point. After a great double take-out at the ninth, the French eventually conceded with the scores at 9-4.
Murdoch was positive about the team’s recovery from an opening game defeat. He stated “We wanted to get a win on the board as soon as possible. We didn’t manage it yesterday but we had a lot more pressure and intensity today – I think that was lacking yesterday.”
One of Team GB’s brightest stars, Chemmy Alcott, got her Olympic adventure off to a positive start with a 13th place finish in the women’s downhill. She won’t have much time to rest on her laurels as she’s got plenty more alpine events to prepare for, including slalom, giant slalom, super-G and the super combined.
Finishing just a third of a second off the Top 10, Chemmy was pleased with her performance. She was also extremely complimentary about the course. “It’s the perfect women’s downhill, the best I’ve ever skied.” Chemmy is looking to improve for her next event and feels that the downhill enabled her to get “rid of some cobwebs”.
Snowboarder Ben Kilner hit the halfpipe in Cypress Mountain and got his Olympic career off to a decent start with an 18th place finish. 21 year old Ben Kilner was disappointed with his placing but immediately looked to a bright future with Team GB.
He said “I’m pretty disappointed right now, but I came here to qualify for the semi-finals so I’m really happy with that. I think i’ve got another two or three Olympics in me, so it’s only just the beginning for me really, but it was good to come here and get the experience.”
Team GB’s short track speed skaters had a disappointing day as Sarah Lindsay was disqualified and Elise Christie finished third to miss the cut for the semi-finals. In the men’s, Jon Eley finished third and Tom Iveson in their heats to just miss out on progression to the semis. In the 5000m relay, Team GB crossed the line in 6:50.618 to bag fourth place in their heat.
Andrew Young and Andrew Musgrave both failed to advance beyond the qualification round finishing 60th and 58th respectively. Young (17) lost about 10 seconds when he suffered a disappointing fall after a good start in the race. The twon Andrews will team up on Friday when they take part in the team sprint.
What’s happening today at Vancouver 2010?
Thursday 18th February should be a great day for Team GB. We’re finally going to see flag bearer Shelley Rudman in the skeleton competition. She’ll be joined by surprise package Amy Williams who has been setting some lightning quick times in practice. Kristan Bromley and Adam Pengilly will be looking for glory in the men’s event.
Chemmy will be back on the slopes today. After a promising start in the downhill, she’ll be optimistic of a Top 10 finish in the super combined. We’ll also see both teams of curlers in action, looking to add another win in the round robin stages.
Lesley McKenna will compete in her third Winter Olympics as she takes her board to the halfpipe. She’ll be looking to better previous performances of 17th and 33rd. Lee Jackson will complete his time in Vancouver 2010 in the men’s 20km individual biathlon.
That elusive medal is surely on its way soon…