Vicki Adams has gone hand in hand with Eve Muirhead at every major event apart from the Winter Olympics – but with her debut almost upon her she’s adamant familiarity can breed success.
Edinburgh-born Adams is the only member of the all-Scottish Team GB women’s curling rink chosen for Sochi 2014 to have won three World Junior Championship gold medals with skip Muirhead.
Those successes came in 2008, 2009 and 2011, with the most recent one a year on from Muirhead making her Winter Olympic debut at Vancouver 2010, where she led Britain to a disappointing seventh.
With Adams now on the senior team with Muirhead, they have enjoyed great success leading to Sochi 2014, with three European medals, including gold in 2011, and last year’s World Championship title. Claire Hamilton and Anna Sloan complete the rink, with Lauren Gray the alternate, and Adams believes the relationship and understanding between the team will give them a crucial edge.
“Obviously going in as world champions, we’re going to have that target on our back but we don’t really think of it like that,” said Adams.
“We know that we didn’t fluke that so we know that if we can play as well as that or even better, then we are going to do well at the end of the week.
“People think we’re inexperienced but Eve has been there before, she was there in 2010, and for the rest of us it’s our first time.
“But we’ve all had different experiences at international level as well. I guess there is additional pressure but only if you let it get to you.
“We’ve had that many training events and competitions leading up to the Games, that we just take each event as it comes and don’t think too far ahead.”
Britain are set to start their Winter Olympics with a rematch of December’s European Championship final with Sweden, which they lost 10-5, this Monday.
They’ll play each of the eight other nations entered once with a place in the top four needed to advance to the semi-finals before the winners meet in the final.
And, with a morale-boosting defeat of Canadian skip and Sochi favourite Jennifer Jones at the Continental Cup in Las Vegas last month, Adams is ready to get going. “The Continental Cup was a bit of a fun event but the standard of play and the quality was really high as well,” she said.
“It was great to go up against the Canadian team and the US team while we were there. It’s been good to have that standard of game so close to the Olympics. We now cut the competition in two – you’ve got the round-robin stages, where you’ve got to finish in the top two to get through, and then the play-off stages.
“In the play-offs it’s a totally different competition but at the same time we just take one game at a time, then we’ll see how we finish up at the end of the week.”
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