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Eve Muirhead: Great Britain's Women's Curling Team Darling (PICTURES)

21/02/2014 09:39 GMT | Updated 21/02/2014 09:59 GMT
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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)

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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