Against the USA, the men’s team of Great Britain win their semi-final and guarantee a medal will arrive on Saturday; in the final, GB face Sweden to decide the gold and silver medals
After the men’s curlers defeated USA 8-4, Team GB has guaranteed their first medal of the Winter Olympics to book their place in the gold medal final.
Bruce Mouat’s men battled back from a nightmare start and, over the closing stretch, held their nerve to beat the Americans 8-4. And against reigning world champions Sweden, secure a Saturday showdown.
When Mouat was unable to get behind a three-stone block, Team USA stole two in the second with the final throw end, in the third, only for Mouat to take advantage of John Shuster’s misjudged final throw to use the hammer and for Team GB, take three.
At the end of the fourth, Shuster responded with a magnificent shot to pick up two and before Mouat nudged Shuster out of the house, give America a slender lead with the final stone of the fifth end to move Team GB into a 5-4 halfway advantage.
Over the next three ends, the two teams couldn’t be separated, exchanging three blanks in the ninth, before Team GB grabbed a steal and picked up two in the end. To knock out the defending champions, Shuster’s final attempt.