More woe in Team GB’s hunt for a medal at the Winter Olympics as bobsleigh duo of Brad Hall and Nick Gleeson falter – but Bruce Mouat’s curling team take a fifth win from six against Switzerland
- There was hope Team GB’s medal breakthrough might come in the bobsleigh
- Brad Hall and Nick Gleeson were viewed as strong medal hopes out in Beijing
- But they were 11th after the first two of four runs, 1.3 seconds off the pace
- There was a brighter outlook for the GB men’s curling team at the Winter Games
- Kirsty Muir and Katie Summerhayes will contest the freeski slopestyle final
The two-man bobsleigh of Brad Hall and Nick Gleeson is finding it slow going in the land of the rich.
There was a hope that Team GB’s medal breakthrough might come from the unfunded pair, but cold realities bit hard on day one of the two-man event.
They were 11th after the first two of four runs, 1.3 seconds off the pace set by Germany.
The two-man bobsleigh of Brad Hall and Nick Gleeson is finding it slow going in Beijing
Hall said: ‘It hasn’t been the best day. We’ve had a couple of mistakes on both runs and that’s unfortunate.
‘Germany have got a massive advantage. They pump millions of pounds into their research and development every year.’
There was a brighter outlook for medal contender Bruce Mouat, whose men’s curling team took a fifth win from six against Switzerland. But Eve Muirhead’s rink are struggling to qualify in joint fifth after a third defeat.
Team GB men earned a huge win over the Swiss to move closer to the curling semi-finals
Following their 7-3 loss to Canada, she said: ‘We need to take every game from now as if it’s the final.’
Kirsty Muir and Katie Summerhayes will contest the freeski slopestyle final on Tuesday, but Katie Ormerod’s disappointments continued with a 25th-place finish in Big Air qualifying.
James Woods is a doubt for the men’s slopestyle after injuring his back in Big Air. He said: ‘I’m again full of pain killers and strapped up in bed the night before.’