Smith ends his first – and possibly last – Winter Games

Callum Smith in action in Sochi. Pic: Getty
Callum Smith in action in Sochi. Pic: Getty
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CALLUM SMITH brought the curtain down on his maiden Winter Olympic campaign in Sochi – then insisted he doesn’t know whether he’ll be back for another shot at the Games.

The University of Edinburgh student was 62nd in both the skiathlon and sprint prologue and then 67th in the classic yesterday as temperatures in the Rosa Khutor mountains breached double figures.

He clocked a time of 44:14.7 minutes to remain in the top 70 on his last outing of the Games with Andrew Young the best Brit in 37th, ahead Andrew Musgrave by seven places.

Musgrave and Young both claimed finishes similar to Smith on their Olympic debuts four years ago in Vancouver but, unlike them, he doesn’t know if he’ll be around for the next Games in Pyeongchang in 2018.

“That is me done [for these Games]. It has been really good for my first Olympics, it has been great fun but we will see about four years time,” said Smith, pictured.

“You never know. Four years is along time in this sport. We will see how things go. I will now go back to studying in Edinburgh.

“I have taken a year out this year so I will go back and do the third year of my chemical engineering degree.

“There are a lot of factors. I don’t know, we will see and I am going to see how it goes. I will ski out the rest of the season, though.”

And, despite the sweltering conditions for cross-country skiing, which saw Smith like the majority of the field ditch their race suits for T-shirts, he wasn’t overly bothered by them.

“It was hard quite hard, I was wearing a T-shirt rather than a race suit. It is not often you race in 13 degrees or whatever it was. It does make it a little bit harder,” he added.

“The tracks are soft and you just feel really warm. We took on drinks every lap, which we wouldn’t normally do in a 15km.

“It certainly spreads the field out less when it is colder and the tracks are a bit easier. But it is the same for everyone.”

Meanwhile Vicki Adams’ own Olympic debut continues to be record breaking after she helped the British women’s curling rink to another impressive 12-3 win.

Edinburgh-born Adams played her part as Britain rewrote the history books with a seven in a single end against the USA earlier in the Games and produced a steal for five against Japan yesterday – something never done before by a women’s rink.

That secured another 12-3 victory and gives Britain a record of three wins and two defeats from their five games and leaves them equal third in the round-robin stage at the halfway.

And Muirhead insists Adams is surprising her all of the time at the Ice Cube Curling Center in as the British women’s rink start picking up a succession of victories.

“The momentum has been starting to build and we continued it,” said Muirhead.

“None of these teams are going to be easy. We knew Japan were going to come out sharp and we knew we had to come out firing from the start and that is exactly what we did.

“The girls are all playing really well, setting me up to play these shots – it was a good solid team performance.

“I am happy with the way I played. We were enjoying ourselves out there and taking in all the atmosphere, feeling relaxed. We just need to continue that.”

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