Joy for Britain's curlers
News of the British athletes in action on day four of the Winter Olympics, including disappointment for Katie Summerhayes and victories for the curling teams.
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Katie Summerhayes was "gutted" after missing out on a ski slopestyle medal and cross country skier Andrew Musgrave claimed he had skied "liked a tranquilised badger" despite making British history, but Britain's curlers were savouring a good day's work on Tuesday after round-robin victories.
Sheffield teenager Summerhayes had been touted for a podium spot but could not follow in the footsteps of Jenny Jones, who secured Britain's first ever medal on snow on Sunday, finishing seventh in the ski slopestyle on day four of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Summerhayes, 18, qualified in third place with runs of 81.40 and 84.00 but could not reproduce that level in the final, falling after her first run in the showpiece event and struggling with her jumps at the second attempt.
Canada's Dara Howell secured gold with a score of 94.20, while Devin Logan took silver (85.40) and Kim Lamarre (85.00) earned bronze. Summerhayes' score of 70.60 was only good enough for seventh.
"I'm gutted, I really am gutted," said Summerhayes. "On the first jump, I think it was really slushy. I'm not sure what happened because one moment I was backseat and the next I was on the floor.
"The second run, I did all the run I wanted to do but I put my hands down twice on two of the landings and that's a big thing between winning and losing. It just needed to be cleaner."
Musgrave made his mark in the mountains, becoming the first British cross-country skier to reach the quarter-finals of an Olympic men's sprint but there was no consoling him after he missed out on the semi-finals.
The 23-year-old Scot finished 27th in the opening time trial, enough to earn a place in the knockout stages, and his position also represented the highest placing achieved by a British cross-country skier at any Games, eclipsing Tom Cairney's 28th place in Cortina d'Ampezzo in 1956.
He squeezed in 9.40 seconds behind qualification winner Ola Vigen Hattestad and the timings were wiped clean for the quarter-finals, but after trailing in last of six in his quarter-final race, Musgrave could not hide his frustration.
"I skied terribly," he said. "On a good day I should be able to beat anyone in the world on a course like this, but today I just didn't have it and it's a bit hard to swallow right now.
"If I was in the same shape as I had been in two and a half weeks ago, I think I'd have been fighting for a place on the podium.
"I had a crap day. You have bad days no matter what and it just sucks that it was today. But it doesn't dampen my motivation. It motivates me to train harder and better and not to have a crap day next time."
Later Musgrave's annoyance was still evident as he tweeted, "sometimes you ski fast, sometimes you ski like a tranquilised badger".
Musgrave's Great Britain team-mates Andrew Young (42nd) and Callum Smith (62nd) could not make it through the qualification round, while his sister Posy Musgrave was slightly disappointed that her 42nd place finish saw her miss out on a top 30 place by less than four seconds.
British duo Ben Kilner and Dom Harington could not qualify for the semi-finals of the men's snowboard halfpipe competition. Kilner finished 16th at the end of the heat having posted scores of 43.50 and then just 16.25. Harington finished bottom of the 20 riders having scored 12.75 first time out and then 37.25.
But there was better news for Great Britain's curlers who both enjoyed round-robin match victories at the Ice Cube Curling Center.
The women bounced back from defeat to Sweden in their opening match by hammering the United States 12-3 inside six ends. Eve Muirhead's rink of Scottish world champions chalked up seven points on the fourth end to surge 9-1 ahead. The US pulled back two points in the fifth but GB then added three more in the following end, prompting their opponents to concede defeat.
Team Muirhead's fourth-end tally was a new Olympic record, with it being the most points scored by either a men's or women's rink in a single end since curling, in its current format, was introduced to the Games programme in 1998.
And asked how it felt to be an Olympic record holder, Muirhead said: ''You're
going to take it, aren't you?''
Earlier Britain's men had to come from behind three times to beat Germany 7-6 in their third round-robin fixture. David Murdoch's rink of Scots, who had opened with a 7-4 win over Russia and an 8-4 defeat against Sweden on Monday, toughed it out against the Germans.
Britain took a 1-0 lead on the first end but Germany fought back to lead 3-1, meaning Murdoch's men had to draw on all their experience to clinch the game in an absorbing 10th and final end.
Great Britain's Stacey Kemp and David King are out of the figure skating competition after another night of woe in the Iceberg Skating Palace meant they failed to make the cut.
The eight-times British champions made their first appearance in Sochi at the team event last Thursday and King admitted they were far from their best after Kemp had crashed to the ice following a throw.
The English duo, who are engaged, found themselves in trouble once more tonight when Kemp fell again during the pairs short programme for which they were awarded 44.98 after a one-point deduction, ultimately leaving them in 19th place with only the top-16 qualifying for the free programme on Wednesday night.