Team GB on track to challenge for curling medals after men and women teams win group matches


Bitain’s curlers took a significant step on their quest to match their Olympic medal-winning exploits of four years ago, with both men and women’s teams victorious in their penultimate group stage matches on Tuesday.

Victories against Norway and Japan mean the men and women now have identical records of five wins and three defeats as the initial round robin stage reaches its climax on Wednesday.

Another win in their final matches would guarantee a place in the semi-finals but, depending on other results, they may progress to a play-off with defeat.

Looking to emulate the performance of David Murdoch’s British team who won silver at Sochi 2014, Kyle Smith’s side had been staring at an early exit after losing three of their opening five fixtures.

However, they put in their most dominant performance of the Games on Tuesday, controlling their match against Norway from the outset and securing a crushing 10-3 win to move joint-second in the table. They face United States in their final game, with the top four teams progressing to the semi-finals.

“It’s a great feeling,” said skip Kyle Smith. “Norway took the silver medal in 2010 in Vancouver. They’re going to be one of the contenders this week. So it’s a great feeling for us.