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Tuesday, 12 February, 2002, 00:37 GMT

GB women open in style

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By BBC Sport Online's Mike Haggerty in Salt Lake City

Rhona Martin skipped Great Britain's women to a 10-6 victory over Norway as they opened their Olympic campaign in style in Salt Lake City.

It was exactly the start they were looking for in their opening round robin game, and contrasted with Britain's men, who lost 6-4 to tournament favourites Canada.

The women's game started quietly with the teams swapping singles.

But in the third end, Martin played her final shot with too much weight to let Norway steal a single rather than give Britain three shots from the end.

However, the British women remained focused and eventually moved into a 5-4 lead, scoring two in the sixth end.

Norway scored a single in the seventh end but Britain increased their lead with a further two in the eighth.

"The first game's always scary - it's good to get it over with and win"
GB skip Rhona Martin

The roof caved in for Norway when their skip Dordi Nordby had a fresh-air miss with her final stone in the ninth, handing Britain a steal of three and a 10-5 lead.

Norway then ran out of stones in the tenth end and conceded with a final 10-6 score to Britain.

Martin's team now meets Sweden's Elisabet Gustafsen, one of the gold medal favourites, in their second game.

Uncharacteristically, Gustafsen gave up a four in her opening game against Canada and, despite fighting all the way, eventually went down by 4-5.

Afterwards, Martin was pleased with her team's win.

"The first game's always scary,"she said. "It's good to get it over with and to win."

"Norway are always a tough team to beat but they struggled with the ice and we kept making them play the type of shots that they would struggle with".

Martin also readily conceded that she completely misjudged her key shot in the third end when Britain could have given themselves an early lead.

"I had a chance for three, but I just took too much ice for the weight I was playing. It was a bad mistake".


  • Women's draw one results:

    Sweden 4-5 Canada
    Great Britain 10-6 Norway
    Switzerland 9-8 Denmark
    Russia 5-8 Germany

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