Published On: Tue, Feb 13th, 2018

Winter Olympics 2018: Staff GB’s Kyle and Cammy Smith hoping to plough by way of discipline


Kyle Smith and brother Cammy are taking day without work from their household dairy farm in Scotland whereas Muirhead brothers Glen and Tom are skipping lambing to make their Olympic debuts.

British curling is a household affair. 5 members of the ten-strong British staff come from the identical household, and two – Glen and Anna Sloan – are relationship. However Smith insists being close-knit makes them even harder to beat.

“All through historical past farmers have been curlers. All of the native curlers at residence are farmers, however different individuals are getting extra concerned within the sport too,” mentioned Smith.

“We mix our farming work with curling however you must put within the time with our sport and it’s powerful to make each issues work.

“I spent my days as a baby watching my dad curling and I used to be introduced up across the sport. 

“I’ve not finished as a lot on the farm as I ought to do as a result of the coaching has to take precedence. We’ll all the time assist out the place we will, whether or not that’s feeding calves earlier than we go to the gymnasium or doing these odd jobs across the farm.

“We’re a extremely close-knit sport. Whenever you go to an ice rink at residence you’ll all the time meet somebody . Everybody is aware of everybody in our sport and it’s an excellent sport to get individuals speaking.”

Smith is quietly spoken and cautiously optimistic about his probabilities right here, having succeeded three-time Olympian and Sochi silver medallist David Murdoch – one other from farming inventory – as Scotland’s prime skip.

He admits he’s glad to fly beneath the radar, with all of the give attention to Eve Muirhead’s ladies’s staff, bronze medallists in Sochi 4 years in the past and tipped for an improve this time.

And he doesn’t worry the hardest attainable begin with defending champions Canada and in-form Switzerland their first two matches tomorrow.

“We’re feeling actually good coming in, coaching has gone nicely and we’re in a superb place,” he added.

“We’ve had some good outcomes, we’ve performed the highest groups and overwhelmed them and that provides us confidence. We’re simply doing our personal factor and making it work. 

“I do know there’s an excellent buzz round curling on the Olympics and hopefully that occurs once more and the game will get the limelight.

“You all the time stay up for enjoying Canada as a result of it will likely be a excessive commonplace and I don’t care if we play them first or final.

“A couple of years in the past we misplaced 4 of our first six video games and we nonetheless made the European play-off and we did one thing comparable at this 12 months’s Europeans and nonetheless received a medal. 

“If we make a sluggish begin we received’t panic as a result of we’ve obtained the assumption in our skills to struggle again. If that’s the place we discover ourselves then we will get out of it.”

However whereas Smith desires to fly beneath the radar, Muirhead has requested the British public to provide her a nickname as she prepares to improve her Olympic curling bronze.

Muirhead is a girl of many abilities. She performs golf off scratch, has represented Scotland in 4 bagpipe world championships and arrives in South Korea because the reigning European champion.

Canada’s males’s skip Kevin Koe is nicknamed ‘The Ninja’ and Muirhead desires a bit of the motion too – and it have to be one thing extra imaginative than ‘Ice Maiden’.

“I’d be happy for the general public to determine a nickname for me,” she mentioned. “I haven’t obtained one which I do know of. I’m undecided whether or not my team-mates secretly have a nickname for me.

“I can see how different curling groups do have nicknames and I may see how it could make the game little bit completely different and humorous.

“The game is altering and it’s one of many youngest fields ever in Pyeongchang. Loads of the older faces are retiring and the younger ones are coming by way of. I’m one of the crucial skilled gamers right here, which is kind of scary if you end up solely 27.”

Watch Eve Muirhead’s first match in opposition to Olympic Athletes from Russia on Eurosport Participant tomorrow. Don’t miss a second of the Olympic Winter Video games on Eurosport and Eurosport Participant. Go to www.eurosport.co.uk 


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