Women's curling team first Team GB members named for Winter Olympics
Last Updated: 17/01/14 1:36pm
Eve Muirhead: The 'skip' of the Great Britain team
The first athletes have officially been selected for Team GB for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The four-woman curling team - amongst Team GB's greatest medal hopes - are the first to be named.
Eve Muirhead, who captained the her team to gold in the World Championships in March this year with a dramatic last-stone victory over Sweden, will be reunited with Claire Hamilton, Anna Sloan and Vicki Adams.
Team GB have won two curling gold medals at past Olympic Winter Games, the most recent in 2002 at Salt Lake.
Rhona Howie (nee Martin) who 'skipped' her 'rink' to victory in that against Switzerland, is now the current team's coach.
Mike Hay has been confirmed as Team GB's Chef de Mission for the Sochi Games. Hay, a World Championship silver medallist himself, thinks Muirhead and her team can bring the gold medal home.
Hay said: "I am delighted to welcome the curlers as the first members of Team GB. They are reigning World Champions and earned the right for Team GB to be represented at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games with their performances at the past two World Championships.
"The 2013 season was their best ever, adding the Players' Championships to their world crown so they know how to win and what it takes to be successful at major events.
"With Eve skipping the rink they also have Olympic experience to draw on from Vancouver 2010 so they are well equipped to challenge for medals in Sochi."
Muirhead said: "I am thrilled to be part of Team GB in Sochi. This will be my second Olympics and I'm excited - having won the worlds this year we want to continue our winning streak.
"It's not often we get to compete as Team GB and, as proud as we are to compete for Scotland, it's great to be part of a British team too."