Team GB in Beijing: Muirhead claim colossal win over USA to fight back on Matchday 8

Team Muirhead fought back with a compelling 10-5 triumph over Team USA, earning a well-deserved second win in the women’s round robin.

The curling quartet responded to yesterday’s loss to South Korea by showing their best against the United States, who were unbeaten in the round robin before facing Team GB.

Here’s what happened on day 8:

– Team Muirhead retaliate with triumphant win over USA

– Bankes and Nightingale take sixth place in the first mixed team snowboard cross

– Kersten ramps up after fastest 500m start

– Fear and Gibson dance in the top ten

– Deas and Crowley wrap up skeleton action at the Games

Momentum key for Muirhead as women’s rink sidelines USA
Skip Eve Muirhead made the most of Team GB’s session break as her rested and refocused rink outplayed USA.

Team GB took a 4-0 lead after two ends and nailed all of USA’s comeback attempts, leaving yesterday’s disappointing loss to Korea in their wake.

With Denmark looming at 6:05 tomorrow, Muirhead is eager to build momentum and kick off the Ice Cube’s imperious performance today.

Learn more about the Muirhead team here



Bankes and Nightingale entertain in thrilling board cross team debut

Charlotte Bankes and Huw Nightingale showed their potential as a double act in the Olympic debut in mixed team plank cross, advancing to the small final to finish sixth overall.

The event required the men to run first, each striving to finish with the best time possible, before moving on to the women.

Bankes, who suffered an unfortunate quarter-final outing in the individual event on Wednesday, enjoyed making up ground in the opening race, moving from fourth to first place to seal a semi-final.

The duo, who had never boarded before Beijing, looked like natural teammates as they continued to race well in the semis and small finals, eventually finishing in sixth place.

Read more about snowboard cross here

Kersten fueled by fastest start in 500m skating

Team UK men’s long track star Cornelius Kersten recorded his fastest opening sector in the men’s 500m, despite finishing 25th overall.

The 27-year-old finished 1.04 seconds behind Chinese gold medalist and new Olympic record holder Tinya Gao, having started his journey in Beijing with a 19th-place finish in the 1,500m on Tuesday.

However, a quick start to the short format encouraged Kersten ahead of his favorite 1,000m event on Friday, which will mark the final bow of his Olympic debut.

Looking forward to a great end to the Games, Kersten plans to make some final adjustments to training and listen to Adele in relaxation.

Read more about Team GB Speed ​​Skating here

Fear and Gibson take tenth place in the rhythm routine

Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson impressed with grace and sincerity as their rhythm dance placed tenth in the figure skating standings.

The ice dancing duo performed their routine to a medley of Kiss songs and will skate again to The Lion King in Monday’s free dance.

Other figure skaters may have performed romantic routines, but Fear and Gibson wanted their dancing to show acceptance and friendship — key elements in their relationship.

The two danced to The Lion King ahead of the European Championships and were on the verge of winning a medal, until an unfortunate mistake dropped them to fifth.

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Deas slips to 19th on final day of skeleton

Laura Deas and Brogan Crowley ended Team GB skeleton action in Beijing, finishing 19th and 22nd respectively.

PyeongChang bronze medalist Deas had a clean third run to move into the top 20, but Crowley failed to improve on 22 and retired before the fourth run.

Deas kept the best to the end on his fourth run and crossed the finish line 19th fastest overall.


Day 9: Muirhead and Mouat take on Denmark as freestyle skiers prepare to show their best on Sunday


Kirsty Muir and Katie Summerhayes return to the snow in the women’s freeski slopestyle qualifier, following Muir’s impressive fifth place finish in the big air.

Summerhayes narrowly missed the big air final by one spot and will look to improve her slopestyle performance at 2am.

While big air required skiers to produce incredible, challenging movement, slopestyle freestylers need to produce a series of longer tricks across multiple jumps – which might suit the British pair.

Meanwhile, the Ice Cube is hosting a doubles match between Team GB and Denmark tomorrow morning, as Team Mouat and Team Muirhead take on the Danes on the ice.

Mouat’s rink starts the day with a game against China at 1:05 a.m., having confidently beaten the Norway team 8-3 in their third session.

At 6.05am, the Muirhead team are back against Denmark after bouncing back with a dominating 10-5 win over the United States today, before the men face the Danish men’s team at 12.05pm .

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