Vicki Adams revealed how something as simple as a good cry provided the inspiration for Britain’s women’s curling rink to win a history-making bronze medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Edinburgh-born Adams and the reigning world champion British rink of skip Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan and Claire Hamilton were left devastated after their hopes of playing for gold were destroyed in cruel circumstances by Canada.
A loose hair from a brush played its part as Canada scored two in the first end of the semi-final and eventually kept them at bay to win 6-4 – prompting plenty of tears from Adams and the rink.
However those tears, plus a vow not to leave the Games empty-handed, were the motivation they needed to produce the perfect response against Switzerland less than 24 hours later.
After a rocky start, Adams starred to leave Muirhead with a simple shot to secure a 6-5 win with the final stone and then admitted letting all of her emotions out allowed her to refocus so quickly on winning bronze.
“We were absolutely devastated after the loss to Canada because we had taken our best game to them and even on the day it wasn’t enough,” she said.
“We went back and had a chat with the coaches, we all cried a bit, we were all upset and devastated.
“There is no other way to describe it, we knew we had to just let it out. There was no point bottling it up as it would have been taken into the bronze medal match. We let it all out and obviously it worked. We just knew that we weren’t going to be giving up easily, we came to win a medal and we weren’t leaving without one.”
Adams’ bronze secured Britain’s third medal of the Games and, with British men’s skip David Murdoch guaranteed a fourth today, a best return from a Winter Olympics since Chamonix 1924. And Adams, who has now won a medal at every major curling championship, admitted once she relaxed into the bronze-medal she was able to show her true colours.
“I think I was maybe just trying a little bit too hard. I just needed to relax a little bit and as soon as I relaxed I started to play better. There was no point in getting uptight, after all it is only a sport. We knew we would have to up our games in the play-offs and we did as much as we could.”
Team GB were assured of another medal today as Murdoch’s rink prepared to take on Canada in the men’s final.
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