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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: (L-R) Lauren Gray, Claire Hamilton, Vicki Adams, Anna Sloan and Eve Muirhead of Great Britain celebrate during the flower ceremony for the Gold medal match between Sweden and Canada on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) | Clive Mason via Getty Images

Eve Muirhead hailed a "dream come true" after Great Britain's women curlers ended a 12-year-wait for Winter Olympic success by beating Switzerland 6-5 in their bronze medal match in Sochi.

Muirhead's all-Scottish rink shrugged off the disappointment of their semi-final defeat to Canada on Wednesday to secure the medal that at least equals GB's best-ever Winter Olympic medal haul of 1924 - four - with a gold or silver to come from the men's curling final against Canada on Friday.

''What a dream come true," said Muirhead. "The Olympic medal was the one medal we have been missing and for me to win it with four of my best friends seems so special.

''That shows what great athletes we are. Every athlete needs to learn how to lose before they can win.

''First, they need to learn how to get up from defeat. To lose the semi-final and know you have to come back and play for that bronze medal is extra tough and, for us, it showed how strong we are.

''We regrouped and came out fighting, and I knew we still had a chance to get a medal. I'm super-happy. I'm delighted.''

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    Great Britain's Eve Muirhead during their Semi Final against Canada in the Ice Cube Curling Centre during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
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    Great Britain's Eve muirhead celebrates winning their Bronze medal match against Switzerland
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    Great Britain's Eve Muirhead in their Bronze Medal match against Switzerland
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    Great Britain's Eve Muirhead in their Bronze Medal match against Switzerland
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    Great Britain's Eve Muirhead during the Women's Bronze Medal match against Switzerland at the Ice Cube Curling Centre during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
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    Great Britain's Eve Muirhead during the Women's Bronze Medal match against Switzerland at the Ice Cube Curling Centre during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
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    Great Britain's captain Eve Muirhead in the Curling Semi- Final against Canada at the Ice Cube Curling Centre during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi , Russia.
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    Great Britain's Eve Muirhead stands dejected during their Semi Final against Canada in the Ice Cube Curling Centre during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
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    Great Britain skip Eve Muirhead during their Semi-Final against Canada
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    Great Britain's Eve Muirhead during their Semi Final against Canada in the Ice Cube Curling Centre during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
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    Great Britain's Eve Muirhead during their Semi Final against Canada in the Ice Cube Curling Centre during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
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    Great Britain's captain Eve Muirhead in the Curling Semi- Final against Canada at the Ice Cube Curling Centre during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi , Russia.
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    Great Britain's Eve Muirhead during their Semi Final against Canada in the Ice Cube Curling Centre during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
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    Great Britain's Eve Muirhead during their Semi Final against Canada in the Ice Cube Curling Centre during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
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    Great Britain's Eve Muirhead during their Semi Final against Canada in the Ice Cube Curling Centre during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
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    Great Britain's captain Eve Muirhead in the Curling Round Robin Session 3 at the Ice Cube Curling Centre during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
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    Great Britain's captain Eve Muirhead in the Curling Round Robin Session 3 at the Ice Cube Curling Centre during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
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    Great Britain's Skip Eve Muirhead shouts to her team during their Curling Round Robin match at the Ice Cube Curling Centre during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
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    Great Britain's Skip Eve Muirhead during their Curling Round Robin match
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    Great Britain's Eve Muirhead during curling training at the Ice Cube Curling Centre during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
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    Great Britain's Eve Muirhead during curling training at the Ice Cube Curling Centre during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
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    Team GB women's skip Eve Muirhead as the Team GB Curling Teams Prepare for Sochi at The Peak, Stirling.
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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: Eve Muirhead of Great Britain looks on during the Bronze medal match between Switzerland and Great Britain on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: Eve Muirhead of the Great Britain Curling team speaks with the media during a press conference after Team GB won the bronze medal on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Main Press Center (MPC) on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: Eve Muirhead of Great Britain in action during the Bronze medal match between Switzerland and Great Britain on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: Eve Muirhead of Great Britain looks on during the Bronze medal match between Switzerland and Great Britain on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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    Great Britain's Skip Eve Muirhead looks on during the women's semi-final match between Great Britain and Canada at the Ice Cube curling centre in Sochi on February 19, 2014 during the 2014 Sochi winter Olympics. Canada won the game 6-4 to advance to the gold medal game. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Britain's Eve Muirhead throws the stone during the 2014 Sochi winter Olympics women's curling round robin session 8 match South Korea against Great Britain at the Ice Cube curling centre in Sochi on February 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO/YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Britain's Eve Muirhead reacts as she throws the stone during the 2014 Sochi winter Olympics women's curling round robin session 8 match South Korea against Great Britain at the Ice Cube curling centre in Sochi on February 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO/YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)