Eve Muirhead

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Eve Muirhead
Curler
Eve Muirhead - cropped from Flickr image 4375889785.jpg
Born (1990-04-22) 22 April 1990 (age 24)
Perth, Scotland[1]
Team
Curling club Dunkeld CC,
Pitlochry, SCO
Skip Eve Muirhead
Third Anna Sloan
Second Vicki Adams
Lead Sarah Reid
Alternate Lauren Gray
Career
World Championship
appearances
5 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
European Championship
appearances
6 (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Olympic
appearances
2 (2010, 2014)
Grand Slam victories 4 (Players', 2013; Autumn Gold, 2013; Colonial Square, 2014; Canadian Open, 2014)

Eve Muirhead (born 22 April 1990) is a Scottish curler. She won a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi as part of Team GB and is the 2013 World Champion.

As skip of the Scotland team, Muirhead won the 2011 European Championships in Moscow and the 2013 World Championships in Riga. She is also a four-time World Junior Champion (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011). She represented Great Britain at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where she became the youngest ever skip, male or female, to win an Olympic medal. She curls out of the Dunkeld Curling Club based in Pitlochry.[2]

Career[edit]

World Junior Curling Championships[edit]

Muirhead was born in Stirling, Scotland and first appeared on the world curling scene at the 2007 World Junior Curling Championships in Eveleth, Minnesota, as a third with skip Sarah Reid, and won the gold medal.

At the 2008 Scottish junior women's championship Muirhead skipped her own team, winning all games, and thus qualifying for the next junior world championship.[3] Muirhead was skip for the Scottish team at the 2008 World Junior Curling Championships in Östersund, beating Sweden (skipped by Cecilia Östlund) 12–3 in the final.[4]

Muirhead returned to the 2009 World Junior Curling Championships in Vancouver to play at the Vancouver Olympic Centre, future site of the 2010 Winter Olympics. There she faced the hometown Canadian team led by Kaitlyn Lawes, in the final and defeated them 8–6. Thus Muirhead repeated as world junior champion skip and won her third world junior championship in a row.

In December 2009, Muirhead was awarded the BBC Scotland Young Sports Personality of the year for her achievements in curling.[5]

In 2010, Muirhead was too preoccupied with the Olympics to play at the World Juniors, but she was back at the 2011 World Junior Curling Championships in her native Scotland. For an unprecedented fourth time in her career, Muirhead won the gold medal at the World Juniors. She beat Canada's Trish Paulsen by a score of 10–3 in the final.[6]

Winter Olympics[edit]

Muirhead was selected as skip for the Great Britain Women's curling team at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. After having won only three of nine round robin matches with cliff-hanger losses to the United States, Denmark and Canada, the team failed to qualify for the semi-finals. She also broke her broom on the ice, a major curling faux pas.[7]

Muirhead continued as skip for the Great Britain Women's curling team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Muirhead won the Bronze Medal as the Great Britain team skip, after beating Switzerland 6–5 in the Bronze Medal play-off.[8]

World Championships[edit]

Muirhead won the silver medal as the Scottish team skip at the 2010 Ford World Women's Curling Championship after losing 8–6 to Germany in the final, which went to an extra end. The team finished the round robin matches in third place with an 8–3 record, then advanced to the final by winning the 3 vs. 4 page playoff against Sweden, and the semifinal against Canada, both games in 8 ends and on the same day. Her teammates were third Kelly Wood, second Lorna Vevers, lead Anne Laird and alternate Sarah Reid.[9] Muirhead's rink did not win the Scottish championship in 2011, but she was invited to play as Scotland's alternate at the 2011 Capital One World Women's Curling Championship, where the team finished 9th. The team did win the Scottish championship in 2012, and would finish 6th at the 2012 Ford World Women's Curling Championship. She won the Scottish championship for a fourth time in 2013. The team would go on to play at the 2013 World Women's Curling Championship, where they defeated Sweden's Margaretha Sigfridsson in the final. The win made Muirhead the youngest skip to ever win the World Women's Curling Championship.

Personal life[edit]

Muirhead's father, Gordon, was also an international curler, who competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics, where curling was a demonstration sport and was alternate for Scotland's 1999 gold medal winning World Championship team. He also won world silver medals in 1992, 1993 and 1995.[1] She has two brothers, Glen and Thomas, who are also keen curlers. She grew up in Blair Atholl, Scotland where she still lives and plays golf off scratch handicap at Pitlochry Golf Course.[1][10] Muirhead is also an accomplished bagpiper, piping at four World Championships.[11]

On 5 April 2010, Muirhead modelled at the eighth annual fashion show Dressed to Kilt.[12] It was announced on 17 May 2010 that Muirhead would be the new ambassador for Piping Live! 2010, a festival dedicated to playing the bagpipes which would run from 9–15 August later in the year.[13][14] On 14 June 2010 it was reported that Muirhead had turned down the chance to become a professional golfer after receiving two scholarships from American universities.[15][16]

Her brother, Thomas Muirhead is also an accomplished curler, at the 2013 World Junior Curling Championships held in Sochi, Thomas Muirhead won, curling for the Kyle Smith Scottish team, winning his first world junior championship.

Teams[edit]

Season Skip Third Second Lead
2006–07 Sarah Reid Eve Muirhead Barbara McFarlane Sarah MacIntyre
2007–08 Eve Muirhead Kerry Barr Vicki Adams Sarah MacIntyre
2008–09 Eve Muirhead Anna Sloan (Jr)
Karen Addison (W)
Vicki Adams (Jr)
Rachael Simms (W)
Sarah MacIntyre (Jr)
Anne Laird (W)
2009–10 Eve Muirhead Jackie Lockhart (E/O)
Kelly Wood (W)
Kelly Wood (E/O)
Lorna Vevers (W)
Lorna Vevers (E/O)
Anne Laird (W)
2010–11 Eve Muirhead Kelly Wood (E)
Anna Sloan (Jr)
Lorna Vevers (E)
Vicki Adams (Jr)
Anne Laird (E)
Rhiann Macleod (Jr)
2011–12 Eve Muirhead Anna Sloan Vicki Adams Claire Hamilton
2012–13 Eve Muirhead Anna Sloan Vicki Adams Claire Hamilton
2013–14 Eve Muirhead Anna Sloan Vicki Adams Claire Hamilton
2014–15 Eve Muirhead Anna Sloan Vicki Adams Sarah Reid

Jr=Junior, E=European, W=World, O=Olympics.

Grand Slam record[edit]

Muirhead and her rink won their first ever Grand Slam event by winning the 2013 Players' Championship. It marked the first time a European team has ever won a Grand Slam event (men's or women's), and the second non-Canadian team. It was also the first time a non-Canadian team has ever won the Players'. Muirhead faced the Swedish Margaretha Sigfridsson in the final, in a re-match of the 2013 World Championships. The Players' final was also the first ever Grand Slam final between two non-Canadian teams. Muirhead won a second straight Grand Slam, at the 2013 Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic, becoming the first non-Canadian skip to win two Grand Slam titles in their career. Muirhead won a third slam at the 2014 Colonial Square Ladies Classic and followed it up with a fourth slam at the inaugural Women's 2014 Canadian Open of Curling.

Event 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Autumn Gold Q Q DNP C DNP
Masters N/A N/A SF F Q
Colonial Square N/A N/A R16 DNP C
Canadian Open N/A N/A N/A N/A C
Players' SF Q C QF

Former Events[edit]

Key
C Champion
F Lost in Final
SF Lost in Semifinal
QF Lost in Quarterfinals
R16 Lost in the round of 16
Q Did not advance to playoffs
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Sobeys Slam SF N/A N/A N/A
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries DNP DNP DNP Q

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Eve Muirhead". Team GB Vancouver 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "British Curling – Eve Muirhead Profile". British Curling. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Junior women's final". Curling Today. 10 February 2008. Retrieved 21 March 2008. 
  4. ^ Cowan, Bob (10 March 2010). "World Champions welcomed home!". Curling Today. Retrieved 21 March 2008. 
  5. ^ White, Jim (2 February 2010). "Eve Muirhead eyes curling gold at Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "World Junior Championships 2011: WOMEN Scotland Gold, Canada Silver, Russia Bronze.". World Junior Curling Championships. 13 March 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  7. ^ Smith, Giles (25 February 2009). "Eve Muirhead's broom abuse should be swept under the carpet". London: The Times. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "Winter Olympics joy for Great Britain as Eve Muirhead holds her nerve to secure curling bronze medal". Glasgow, Scotland: Daily Record and Sunday Mail. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "2010 Ford World Women's Curling Championship". Canadian Curling Association. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "International Curler Eve Muirhead on top form at Monifieth". The Ladies' Golf Union. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  11. ^ Wilson, Neil (18 December 2009). "Curling: Meet ice queen Eve Muirhead, the new Rhona Martin of the rink". Daily Mail. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  12. ^ Rowley, Emma (6 April 2010). "Stars Dress To Kilt At New York Fashion Show". Sky News. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "Pipe down: Piping Live! 2010 launches". STV. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  14. ^ "Eve Muirhead hurries hard, throws hammer to open 8th Piping Live! festival". Pipesdrums.com. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  15. ^ Duncan, Colin (14 June 2010). "Superwoman Scots curling skip Eve Muirhead puts plans for pro golf career on hold". DailyRecord. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  16. ^ "Monday's Scottish gossip". BBC. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 

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