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GB women return to winning ways
Great Britain's women's curling team got their qualification bid back on track at the Winter Olympics on Thursday morning with an 8-7 round-robin win over China at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi.
Eve Muirhead's all-Scottish rink had suffered two defeats in their first three matches with their 9-6 loss to highly-rated Canada on Wednesday.
Two down after the first end against China, GB levelled immediately and forged ahead before they were pegged back 7-7 in the ninth, but Muirhead took advantage of the hammer in the final end to grab the game-winning point with her final stone.
Muirhead's winning draw shot was redemption of sorts for the last-end gamble that did not come off against Canada. She went for a winning three-point shot only to come unstuck, ultimately losing 9-6.
"I guess that is what the skip has to do. I have to make the decisions and I definitely wouldn't have gone for the shot if I didn't think it was there," Muirhead said.
"I know a lot of people have different opinions, some think I should have taken the two and gone for an extra end.
"I am just really glad we came back with a strong performance and I am really glad I managed to play a great shot to finish this game.
"At the start of the game, if I had been asked if I would have liked to have been all square with the hammer against China (in the 10th end), I would have grabbed it.
"Vicki (Adams) opened up that last end and left me with a draw, which, as a skip, is a routine shot.
"The sweepers looked after it really well, Anna (Sloan) called the line great and it was a real team effort out there.
"That's what we practise day-in, day-out. We practise twice a day for a few hours to make that one shot.
"You don't get any second chances at the Olympic Games, so you have to take full advantage of it.
"So I am really pleased with that. It was a really solid performance and hopefully we can continue that for the rest of the week."
Muirhead and her team-mates, however, will remain oblivious to what is being said about their performances on social media as they continue their self-imposed ban during the Games.
She said: "I just don't quite know what to do when I pick up my phone. I have no Twitter or Facebook to click on.
"It hasn't made an awful lot of difference but it kind of takes our eyes off our phones a little bit.
"You probably don't want to know a lot of the stuff a lot of people at home are saying, so it is fine.
"I am not missing it too much and I am sure when the competition is over we will be on it for a few hours."