21 February 2006
GREAT BRITAIN’S reign as Olympic curling champions ended last night as they were eliminated despite a 10-4 win over the United States.
Canada’s 9-8 victory over Denmark handed them the fourth and final spot in the semi-finals and rendered the result of Britain’s final round-robin match irrelevant.
“We were just not consistent enough in every game and you can’t do that at this level of competition,” skipper Rhona Martin said.
“I’m gutted I am not going to be in the last four.”
There was more disappointment in the British camp when Chemmy Alcott finished 19th in the women’s Super-G. The 23-year-old from Twickenham, who was 11th in the downhill last week, recorded a time of 1min 34.20sec. Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria secured gold with a run of 1min 32.47sec.
The gold medal for Austria came on the day when Walter Mayer, the Austrian at the centre of a doping probe, was admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Mayer has been charged with civil disorder after crashing his car into a police road block in Austria.
The biathlon coach, banned for doping offences in 2002, fled Turin after police were told he was with the team.
The news comes as it was revealed that police found 100 syringes and 30 packs of drugs, including asthma drugs and antidepressants, in raids on the Austrian biathlon and cross-country camps.
Mirror.co.uk is the online edition of The Daily Mirror, Britain’s brightest tabloid newspaper.
The Daily Mirror is published by MGN Ltd, part of Trinity Mirror plc, the UK’s largest newspaper publisher.