Winter Olympics: GB mixed doubles pair lose bronze-medal match to Sweden By Thomas Duncan BBC Scotland in Beijing Last updated on
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99 World champions Mouat and Dodds were well beaten by Sweden 24th Winter Olympic Games Hosts: Beijing, China Dates : 4-20 February Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button and online; listen on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sounds; live text and highlights on BBC Sport website and mobile app Great Britain’s wait for their first medal at the Beijing Winter Olympics goes on after curling mixed doubles pair Jen Dodds and Bruce Mouat lost their bronze-medal match 9-3 to Sweden.
The Swedes surged into a 7-1 lead after just three ends and never let up.
Scots Dodds and Mouat – the world champions – were one of the key hopes for Team GB, who have targeted between three and seven medals in Beijing.
They will get another chance when the team events begin on Wednesday.
“It got off to a bad start and that punished us the most and we had to fight back from there,” Mouat told BBC Sport.
“We’re going to have to console ourselves because we’re got a big week with both of our teams.We’re both ready for that but it’s a quick turnaround.”
Team GB’s next big medal chance looks to be on Wednesday, when world champion Charlotte Bankes competes in the women’s snowboard cross.
Follow Winter Olympics day four GB teenager Muir fifth in big air final Sweden were one of the favourites for gold in the mixed doubles, but Oskar Eriksson and Almida de Val only squeezed into the play-offs when Canada lost their final match, and were trounced 8-1 by Italy in their semi-final.
But they barely missed a shot in the bronze-medal match, putting Britain under huge pressure from the off.
The Swedes stormed to a 4-1 lead in the second end when Eriksson’s superb take-out set up partner De Val to chip out Britain’s stone for four, and they stole three more in the next when Dodds’ difficult take-out attempt did not come off.
Another one came in the next when a GB chip could not remove Sweden’s stone.
When Britain fell further behind on their powerplay as Dodds gambled to try to score more than one, there was an inevitability about the outcome.
Indeed the match was conceded after the next end – despite Britain scoring two – to cap another disappointing day for Mouat and Dodds, who lost in the final end to Norway in Monday’s semi-final.
“I don’t think either of them made a mistake,” Dodds said of the Swedes.
“It’s hard to fight back when your opposition is playing that well.Congratulations to them for winning the bronze they played amazing.”
The Norwegians will face unbeaten Italy for gold at 12:05 GMT.
Mouat will turn his attention to leading his men’s team, who start their campaign on Thursday against Italy, while Dodds will link up with Eve Muirhead’s rink, who face Switzerland earlier the same day.
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R Comment posted by Rajiv Mukerjee, today at 09:10 Rajiv Mukerjee 09:10 At least Team GB beat Australia
0 G Comment posted by Grommy, today at 09:09 Grommy 09:09 I watched it and thought i fancy giving it a go.I live in the Midlands so thought I’d just look up my local curling club.It said Lancashire.
I think I will give it a miss.
0 L Comment posted by Lambo, today at 09:09 Lambo 09:09 Oh dear, counselling next.
0 S Comment posted by sanxxx, today at 09:04 sanxxx 09:04 They are the current world champions therefore fourth place is a very much an underachievement.
1 N Reply posted by neilkd21, today at 09:09 neilkd21 09:09 to sanxxx ” They are the current world champions therefore fourth place is a very much an underachievement.” neilkd21 replied: Careful don’t say that, you will be accused of being negative.Not allowed to point out the truth these days.
0 R Comment posted by RSO, today at 09:03 RSO 09:03 More waste of money
1 B Comment posted by Bill, today at 08:59 Bill 08:59 They lost the plot when the guy didn’t play the shot he was asked to play in the Semi final and allowed Norway back into the game and he was garbage after that cos he knew what he had done.
So no surprise to anyone who plays the game of curling or bowls ya do what the skip asks simples.
0 C Comment posted by Carrot Cruncher, today at 08:58 Carrot Cruncher 08:58 That’s it the medal count will be frozen on zero.Time to push for ‘ice cycling’ to get Olympic recognition.
1 S Comment posted by simonk, today at 08:55 simonk 08:55 An abject performance by our curling team.They receive so much financial support from the lottery- it’s unbelievable- full time “athletes” chucking stones across an ice rink.Surely we have greater priorities than this .Pathetic.
11 P Reply posted by provyd, today at 09:04 provyd 09:04 to simonk ” An abject performance by our curling team.
They receive so much financial support from the lottery- it’s unbelievable- full time “athletes” chucking stones across an ice rink.Surely we have greater priorities than this .Pathetic.” provyd replied: A bit like ‘athletes’ throwing a shot put or jumping, then.
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B Comment posted by Budgie, today at 08:48 Budgie 08:48 Sweden played a blinder with a couple of great shots.
Well played and well deserved!
0 C Comment posted by Chowlayman, today at 08:47 Chowlayman 08:47 BBC bringing us the cream of the world sporting events as usual I see
11 G Reply posted by grg3822, today at 09:06 grg3822 09:06 to Chowlayman ” BBC bringing us the cream of the world sporting events as usual I see ” grg3822 replied: Are you suggesting there is something bigger than the Olympics or are you just selfishly suggesting that anything you don’t like is irrelevant?
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Removed comment A Comment posted by Andystheman, today at 08:41 Andystheman 08:41 There was a “sliding doors” moment in the semi.If Jen had her way she may have picked up a 3 in the 7th then who knows what would have happened.
She was overruled by the coach and stat man.When they cut the funding these guys will be on the dole so it isn’t all bad.
4 M Reply posted by Mad World, today at 08:59 Mad World 08:59 to Andystheman ” There was a “sliding doors” moment in the semi.If Jen had her way she may have picked up a 3 in the 7th then who knows what would have happened.She was overruled by the coach and stat man.
When they cut the funding these guys will be on the dole so it isn’t all bad.” Mad World replied: The formulaic approach to sport is sad to see.Only the athlete knew how she felt about that end and her chances and yet a computer model told her different!
0 W Comment posted by Woodsy, today at 08:41 Woodsy 08:41 Thats tough to miss out on a medal but they should be rightly proud of their performances over the tournament.To the negative trolls on here , get back in your caves
5 N Reply posted by neilkd21, today at 08:45 neilkd21 08:45 to Woodsy ” Thats tough to miss out on a medal but they should be rightly proud of their performances over the tournament.
To the negative trolls on here , get back in your caves ” neilkd21 replied: Have fun celebrating a failure.
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S Comment posted by smudge, today at 08:38 smudge 08:38 The majority of negative comments here were probably made by people who who never have and never will achieve anything.
2 M Reply posted by muddy wolf, today at 08:44 muddy wolf 08:44 to smudge ” The majority of negative comments here were probably made by people who who never have and never will achieve anything.” muddy wolf replied: Ah, the stock reply to anyone who criticises anything.
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J Comment posted by john , today at 08:37 john 08:37 Never mind there’s always the world tiddlywinks championship later in the year hopefully we’ll get a top six finish
9 C Comment posted by cjb, today at 08:33 cjb 08:33 These games should not be screened live on UK tv
The totalitarian chinese state are being pandered to, and are lapping up all the “good” publicity
Same applies to WC in the Gulf later this year
These regimes are run by despots who should get no air time
On the sport – the curlers did their best and should be proud of achievements
3 M Reply posted by mamawolfy, today at 08:39 mamawolfy 08:39 to cjb ” These games should not be screened live on UK tvThe totalitarian chinese state are being pandered to, and are lapping up all the “good” publicitySame applies to WC in the Gulf later this yearThese regimes are run by despots who should get no air timeOn the sport – the curlers did their best and should be proud of achievements ” mamawolfy replied: Proud of what, they achieved nothing,
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B Comment posted by Brass Eye, today at 08:33 Brass Eye 08:33 Never mind, better luck in international competitive floor sweeping next time.
5 R Comment posted by ricky53, today at 08:30 ricky53 08:30 Hating all of the negativity on here.Some of you wouldn’t know which end of a curling bat to hold.
2 Removed comment C Comment posted by Capn Jezzer, today at 08:30 Capn Jezzer 08:30 Well done Bruce and Jen !
There were quite a few upsets for many nations here !
Italy are on fire !! Unbeaten !!
Best of luck for the next matches…
0 M Reply posted by mamawolfy, today at 08:43 mamawolfy 08:43 to Capn Jezzer ” Well done Bruce and Jen !There were quite a few upsets for many nations here !Italy are on fire !! Unbeaten !!Best of luck for the next matches… ” mamawolfy replied: Well done!!! They lost, don’t bloke smoke up their a***s,
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O Comment posted by OssieWaddledintoHoddlesVilla, today at 08:29 OssieWaddledintoHoddlesVilla 08:29 The British pair got stoned, all the while saying they had a good line! Where’s the nearest curling centre?
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