Eve Muirhead

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Eve Muirhead
OBE
Eve Muirhead - cropped from Flickr image 4375889785.jpg
Eve Muirhead at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver
Born (1990-04-22) 22 April 1990 (age 32)
Perth, Scotland[1]
Team
Curling clubDunkeld CC,
Pitlochry, SCO
SkipEve Muirhead
ThirdVicky Wright
SecondJennifer Dodds
LeadHailey Duff
AlternateMili Smith
Mixed doubles
partner
Bobby Lammie
Career
Member Association Scotland
 Great Britain
World Championship
appearances
9 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2021)
World Mixed Doubles Championship
appearances
1 (2022)
European Championship
appearances
13 (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
Olympic
appearances
4 (2010, 2014, 2018, 2022)
Grand Slam victories6: Autumn Gold (2013), Colonial Square (2014), Players' Championship (2013, 2015, 2016), Canadian Open (2014)

Eve Muirhead OBE (born 22 April 1990) is a Scottish curler from Perth and the skip of the British Olympic Curling team.[2] She won a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi as part of Team GB.[3] Muirhead and the GB team won the Gold medal and became Olympic champions at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.[4]

As skip of the Scotland team, Muirhead won the 2011 European Championships in Moscow, the 2013 World Championships in Riga, the 2017 European Championships in St. Gallen and the 2021 European Championships in Lillehammer. She is also a four-time World Junior Champion (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011). A four-time Olympian, she represented Great Britain at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014, Pyeongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022 in which she was chosen as one of Great Britain's flag bearers at the Opening Ceremony.[5] In Sochi, 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.[3]

Career[edit]

World Junior Championships[edit]

Muirhead was born in Perth, 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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

Winter Olympics[edit]

Muirhead skippering the British team at the 2010 Winter Olympics

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.[10]

Muirhead continued as skip for the Great Britain Women's curling team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She won the Bronze Medal as the Great Britain team skip, after beating Switzerland 6–5 in the Bronze Medal play-off,[11] making her the youngest ever skip to win an Olympic medal.[12]

Muirhead was skip for the British team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.[13] She led her team to a 6–3 robin record, which qualified Great Britain for a semifinal match-up against Sweden's Anna Hasselborg rink. She lost to the Swedes in the semifinal, putting Team GB in the bronze medal game against Japan's Satsuki Fujisawa team. She lost this game as well, settling for fourth place.

Muirhead was once again selected as skip for the Women's curling team at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.[14] On the last day of events she led her team to a 10–3 win over Japan, winning her first ever gold Olympic medal (Team GB's only gold medal of the Games).[4]

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 3rd place with an 8–3 record, then advanced to the final by winning the 3 vs. 4-page playoff against Sweden, and the semi-final 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.[15] 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.

Muirhead next made it to the Worlds in 2015 and finished in 4th place. At the 2016 World Women's Curling Championship, the team missed the playoffs and finished in 5th place, while at the 2017 World Women's Curling Championship, Muirhead would take home the bronze medal.

Muirhead would not play at the World Championships again until 2021, after missing 2018 due to losing a playoff against that year's Scottish champion Hannah Fleming, losing the 2019 Scottish final to Sophie Jackson, and because the 2020 World Women's Curling Championship was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the 2021 World Women's Curling Championship, which was played in a bio-secure "bubble" due to the ongoing pandemic, Muirhead led Scotland to a 6–7 record, for an 8th place finish.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Muirhead grew up in Blair Atholl, Scotland, and plays golf off scratch handicap at Pitlochry Golf Course.[1][17] She is an accomplished bagpiper, piping at four World Championships.[18]

On 5 April 2010, Muirhead modelled at the eighth annual fashion show Dressed to Kilt.[19] 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.[20][21] 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.[22][23] There is a portrait of her with broom, clubs and pipes at the National Galleries Scotland.[24] Eve opened The National Curling Academy in Stirling in 2017.[25]

In 2015 she was diagnosed with coeliac disease and in 2018 underwent hip surgery.[26][27]

In 2018 she received the Honorary degree of Doctor of the University (D.Univ) from the University of Stirling.[28]

Muirhead was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2020 Birthday Honours for services to curling[29] and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2022 Birthday Honours, also for services to curling.[30]

Muirhead's father, Gordon Muirhead, was also an international curler. He 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 won world silver medals in 1992, 1993 and 1995.[1]

She has two brothers, Glen and Thomas Muirhead, who are also both accomplished curlers.

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
2015–16 Eve Muirhead Anna Sloan Vicki Adams Sarah Reid
2016–17 Eve Muirhead Anna Sloan Vicki Adams Lauren Gray
2017–18 Eve Muirhead Anna Sloan Vicki Adams Lauren Gray
2018–19 Eve Muirhead Jennifer Dodds Vicki Chalmers (Adams) Lauren Gray
2019–20 Eve Muirhead Lauren Gray Jennifer Dodds Vicky Wright
2020–21 Eve Muirhead Vicky Wright Jennifer Dodds Lauren Gray
2021–22 Eve Muirhead Vicky Wright Jennifer Dodds Hailey Duff

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. She won her fifth Grand Slam and third in a row, by winning the 2015 Players' Championship. She won a sixth Grand Slam title by winning the 2016 Players' Championship.

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
T2 Played in Tier 2 event
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019–20 2020–21 2021–22
Masters N/A N/A SF F Q Q Q SF Q Q N/A DNP
Tour Challenge N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A QF DNP SF DNP DNP N/A N/A
The National N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A DNP Q DNP QF QF N/A DNP
Canadian Open N/A N/A N/A N/A C SF DNP DNP SF Q N/A N/A
Players' SF Q C QF C C QF QF DNP N/A Q QF
Champions Cup N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Q Q SF SF[a] N/A Q DNP

Former events[edit]

Event 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Colonial Square N/A N/A R16 DNP C
Autumn Gold Q Q DNP C DNP
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries DNP DNP DNP Q N/A
Sobeys Slam SF N/A N/A N/A N/A

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Muirhead spared for Anna Hasselborg, who was competing at the 2019 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship

References[edit]

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  2. ^ 2020 Continental Cup Media Guide: Team Muirhead
  3. ^ a b "British Curling – Eve Muirhead Profile". British Curling. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  4. ^ a b "GB women's curlers claim Olympic gold". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  5. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Eve Muirhead". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 4 December 2016.
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  8. ^ White, Jim (2 February 2010). "Eve Muirhead eyes curling gold at Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  9. ^ "World Junior Championships 2011: WOMEN Scotland Gold, Canada Silver, Russia Bronze". World Junior Curling Championships. 13 March 2011. Archived from the original on 19 March 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  10. ^ Smith, Giles (25 February 2009). "Eve Muirhead's broom abuse should be swept under the carpet". The Times. London. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  11. ^ "Winter Olympics joy for Great Britain as Eve Muirhead holds her nerve to secure curling bronze medal". Daily Record and Sunday Mail. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  12. ^ Chakelian, Anoosh (20 February 2018). "Game of Stones: The power struggle at the heart of British curling". New Statesman. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 – Meet the Team GB curlers for PyeongChang 2018". World Curling Federation. Archived from the original on 5 December 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Team GB selects women's curling team for Beijing 2022". www.teamgb.com. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  15. ^ "2010 Ford World Women's Curling Championship". Canadian Curling Association. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  16. ^ Spiegel, Jackie (9 May 2021). "World Women's Curling Championship 2021: Results, standings, schedule and TV channel". Sporting News. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  17. ^ "International Curler Eve Muirhead on top form at Monifieth". The Ladies' Golf Union. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  18. ^ Kidd, Patrick. "Passions: Eve Muirhead and bagpipes". The Times. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  19. ^ Rowley, Emma (6 April 2010). "Stars Dress To Kilt at New York Fashion Show". Sky News. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
  20. ^ "Pipe down: Piping Live! 2010 launches". STV. 18 May 2010. Archived from the original on 1 July 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
  21. ^ "Eve Muirhead hurries hard, throws hammer to open 8th Piping Live! festival". Pipesdrums.com. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
  22. ^ Duncan, Colin (14 June 2010). "Superwoman Scots curling skip Eve Muirhead puts plans for pro golf career on hold". DailyRecord. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
  23. ^ "Monday's Scottish gossip". BBC. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
  24. ^ Askew, Brad. "Eve Muirhead b. 1990. Curler". National Galleries of Scotland. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  25. ^ Brannan, Laura (23 August 2017). "Eve Muirhead opens National Curling Academy in Stirling". STV. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  26. ^ "Britain beats Russians at curling but 'steely' Eve Muirhead wants gold". the Guardian. 14 February 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  27. ^ Muirhead, Eve (4 May 2018). "Eve Muirhead: Operation a success and recovery now begins". The Courier.
  28. ^ "Olympic curler awarded honorary doctorate". BBC News. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  29. ^ "No. 63135". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 October 2020. p. B20.
  30. ^ "No. 63714". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 June 2022. p. B15.

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