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Beijing Winter Olympics: Team GB finally win first gold medal as disappointing Games comes to a close

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Beijing Winter Olympics: Team GB finally win first gold medal as disappointing Games comes to a close

Team GB have won their first gold medal of the Beijing Winter Olympics in the women’s curling.

Eve Muirhead’s team led 4-1 after the fifth end after Japanese skip Satsuki Fujisawa missed an attempted take-out and gave Muirhead a steal of one.

Muirhead scored two on the first end but a missed attempt at two in the fourth had given the Japanese a glimmer of hope.

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Eve Muirhead, Vicky Wright, Jennifer Dodds, Hailey Duff and Mili Smith

Team GB’s 10-3 victory was the joint-biggest winning margin in a final since the sport was reintroduced in 1998.

Muirhead told the BBC: “It is a dream come true for myself, and for the rest of the girls.”

“The journey to get here, I think it shows how strong we are.

“We have so many people to thank. It is something we’ll never forget and we’re going to enjoy the next few hours.

“It is a moment I have wanted for so many years.

2022 Beijing Olympics - Curling - Women's Gold Medal Game - Japan v Britain - National Aquatics Center, Beijing, China - February 20, 2022 Skip Eve Muirhead of Britain reacts during the game. REUTERS/Evelyn HocksteinImage:
Eve Muirhead said the win was a “dream come true”

“The two (Olympic) semi-finals I lost were hard but I bounced back and it is such a special moment.”

One of Muirhead’s teammates Jennifer Dodds said: “I don’t think it is going to sink in for a while.

“I am so proud of the way these girls played in the final.

“We grew in confidence with every game.

“Thanks to our family and friends – they know how much this means to us.”

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