With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games being postponed to 2021, we thought we could talk about some previous Olympians and how they embody certain Olympic values. This sixth post of seven features Eve Muirhead, looking at how she is inspiring others to get involved in curling.
Name: Eve Muirhead
Hometown: Perth, Scotland
Heading up Britain’s curling team is Eve Muirhead, a three-time Olympian and the youngest skip in history to win an Olympic medal. Muirhead is one of Scotland’s most accomplished curlers and has secured first place at the Scottish Women’s Curling Championships on 7 separate occasions. She is also the four-time winner of the Junior World Championships, gold medalist at the European World Championships and 2013 World Champion. Muirhead has also competed at three consecutive Winter Olympics and is definitely one to look for in the 2022 games.
One of Muirhead’s key inspirations is, no doubt, her father Gordon. He is also an international curler and competed at the 1992 Olympic games, and is sure to have given Eve Muirhead an early introduction to the sport. Muirhead herself made her first appearance on the worldwide curling stage at the 2007 Junior World Championships in Minnesota, where she and her team secured first place. Eve returned to win gold at the 2008, 2009 and 2011 Junior World Champs, before progressing to the European and World Championships.
Her performances at these events were every bit as impressive as her debut, and Eve Muirhead took gold at the 2011 and 2017 European Championships. She was also the winner of the World Championships in 2013 in Riga.
Muirhead won her first Olympic medal the following year when she represented Great Britain at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The bronze medal she won alongside her teammates made her the youngest skip in history to place at the Olympic games. Muirhead returned to compete at the Winter Olympics in 2018 in PyeongChang where her team qualified once more for the semifinals. Unfortunately, they were beaten to a spot on the podium by the Japanese team and finished up in fourth place.
Muirhead is an inspiration to aspiring curlers everywhere
Since then, however, Eve Muirhead has continued to be a fierce competitor in the world of professional curling and secured a silver medal at the Scottish Women’s Curling Championships last year. Should she compete at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Muirhead will be a strong medal prospect for Team GB, and her continued success is sure to be an inspiration to other aspiring curlers.