Winter Olympics: Great Britain beat Switzerland in curling opener

Thomas Muirhead, brother of women's curler Eve, combines curling with his work as a farmer
XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February
Coverage: Watch live on On Events TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, Eyes On Events Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage times

Great Britain's men edged out Switzerland to make a winning start to their curling campaign at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Led by Kyle Smith, the British quartet were 2-1 up after five ends, 4-3 down after eight, and pegged back to 5-5 in the 10th.

However, Smith was left with a simple shot to close out the game in the sudden-death extra end.

After their 6-5 win, Britain will play defending champions Canada later.

That match - the second of nine that Britain will play in the round-robin stage - is due to begin at 11:05 GMT.

The top four teams from the round-robin stage will progress to the semi-finals.

Great Britain's win avenged their quarter-final defeat by the Swiss in the quarter-finals of the Perth Masters last month.

Other Britons in action on Wednesday

  • The British women's curling team - consisting of Eve Muirhead (skip), Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Lauren Gray, along with alternate Kelly Schafter - open against Olympic athletes from Russia at 05:05 GMT.
  • Biathlete Amanda Lightfoot races in the women's 15km individual event at 11:05 GMT.
  • However Alex Tilley and Charlie Guest will have to wait until Friday to compete in the women's slalom after high winds caused the event to be postponed.


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