Bruce Mouat’s men’s curling rink claimed Team GB’s first medal of the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing by winning silver after narrowly losing 5-4 to Sweden in the gold medal match. Mouat, Bobby Lammie, Grant Hardie, Hammy McMillan Jr and alternate Ross Whyte matched the feat achieved by coach David Murdoch at Sochi 2014, the last medal won by Team GB’s male curlers. Team Mouat topped the round robin stage and had a terrific week in the Ice Cube, coming into the final off the back of eight consecutive wins.
Age: 27 Hometown: Stirling
Result: Silver medal
On winning silver and support back home including a congratulatory message from the Royal Family
“It’s very special to have that kind of support from back home. To have messages from the Royal Family is one of the biggest moments of our lives I’m sure.
“We are always here to try and encourage people to take up curling, if that’s happened at all then we’ve done our job.”
“It definitely drives us forward. We’ve put in so much hard work over the last five years and we can’t thank the National Lottery and British Curling enough for all the work they’ve put in for us.
“It’s always going to continue hopefully and we will be driving harder to get that gold medal next time.”
On the journey here
“The first event we played in was over in Canada, we were ranked 40 in the world or something at that point and we came out and we won it.
“We didn’t lose a game for two weeks, we won 14 straight. I think that put in our minds that this is a great team and we were going to achieve a lot if we put the hard work in. And that’s what we did for four years to get to this point.
I’m very proud of all them and for Ross who came into the team a year or two later.
“I can’t thank them all enough for this medal hanging around my neck.”
On growing game across the UK
“I really hope that happens and curling takes off a bit more in Britain.
“I would love to see ice rinks across the entire nation and hopefully participation levels go up.
“We would love to see the sport continue when we are old and looking back.”
On Sweden skip Niklas Edin’s success after he completed his set of Olympic medals with gold
“Niklas has had such an impressive career and he’s one of the best in curling history, he’s an example of what we can do in four years time.
“We just need to get to that point again but make the result different.”