In the wake of their success at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Eve Muirhead and David Murdoch appeared on BT Sport to explain some of the nuances of curling.
Both skips will be hoping to triumph at this coming week’s Scottish Championships in Perth – thereby earning the right to represent Scotland at the World Men’s Championships and World Women’s Championships.
Things to look out for include some comments from Muirhead on evolving broom technology/sweeping techniques (ahh, those days of innocence), and one of the least adept blank ends ever played.
Find out how Murdoch and Muirhead – and their rivals for the men’s and women’s titles in Perth – get on this week via the Royal Caledonian Curling Club event page here, or keep an eye on the Roaring Game Blog’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.
We only have to go back to 2013 for the last time that Scotland stood at the top of the curling world.
Eve Muirhead skipped her rink – lead Claire Hamilton, second Vicki Adams and third Anna Sloan – to the World Women’s Curling Championship title by defeating Margaretha Sigfridsson’s Swedes 6-5 in the final.
It came down to the final stone of the tenth end, as Muirhead kept her cool to make the controlled takeout for the winning point.
Sweden led 2-1 thanks to a fine hit-and-stay by fourth Maria Prytz, but in the fourth end the Scots piled on the pressure – Prytz’s final stone overcurled, kissed a guard and Scotland claimed a steal of two.
Scores of one were then exchanged, so it was 5-4 Scotland going into the ninth end. Facing four Scottish stones, Prytz drew to the button for 5-5.
That gave Scotland hammer advantage in the tenth end, and Muirhead did not let the opportunity slip.