Curlers keep cool for deam come true; Golden success on last stone.Byline: MARK STANIFORTH
RHONA Martin Rhona Martin (born October 12, 1966, Ayr, as Rhona Howie) is a Scottish curler who has skipped the Scotland women's team at both the European and World Championships, but is most famous as the skip of the team that claimed the gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games in 2002 clinched a dramatic gold medal gold medal
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Scot Martin kept her nerve with the very last stone of the match to land it right in the centre of the house and spark an invasion of the ice by the jubilant British team.
The victory was as nailbiting as it is possible to get.
Martin's team led 3-1 going into the eighth end, but Switzerland hit back to tie before the final end.
Crucially the captain possesssed the hammer - the last shot - and she maintained her utterly faultless fault·less
Being without fault. See Synonyms at perfect.
faultless·ly adv. performance to slide in the stone which secured a miraculous victory.
Four days ago Martin claimed "we're out, we're dead" after a preliminaryround defeat to Germany.
But ironically it was Switzerland's win over Germany which gave them a second chance.
They took it, needing a marathon 13 matches to gain a gold which will make Martin, Janice Rankin, Fiona MacDonald, Debbie Knox and alternate Maggie Morton - who also gets a medal after playing two ends in the preliminary round - household names History
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Martin said: "I was just panicking on the last stone. I knew it would come off the inside but it also had to be dead roll weight and I hadn't played one like that for a wee while.
"It was just a case of having faith that I could I do it.
"We had to keep it a close game to have a chance and we were always in control - even when we lost the ninth we knew it wasn't a disaster as we had the hammer coming home.
"It was just the same as against Canada, as long as we had the hammer coming home we knew we'd be fine."
MacDonald added: "All the hard work we've put in has paid off. We know each other so well and we've been together for a few years now.
"We've been living in each others pockets for nine months now and we know each other so well."
Minister for Sport Richard Caborn Richard George Caborn, PC (born 6 October 1943) is a British politician. He has been the Labour Member of Parliament for Sheffield Central since June 1983. Until June 28 2007 he was the Minister of Sport with the rank of Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Media and has hailed the team after their gold medal success.
Caborn said: "I want to congratulate them on this amazing a·maze
v. a·mazed, a·maz·ing, a·maz·es
1. To affect with great wonder; astonish. See Synonyms at surprise.
2. Obsolete To bewilder; perplex.
"Rhona and her team have beaten the odds to give Team GB their best winter Olympics result since 1948 and our first gold medal since 1984.
"Everyone in Britain applauds their guts and determination right down to the last stone.
"It's great news that the UK team will be bringing an Olympic gold Olympic Gold is the official video game of the XXV Olympic Summer Games, hosted by Barcelona, Spain in 1992. It was released for the Sega consoles, Mega Drive/Genesis and Master System, and Sega's handheld, Game Gear. medal back to the birthplace birth·place
The place where someone is born or where something originates.
the place where someone was born or where something originated
Noun 1. of the sport."
British Curling curling, winter sport, similar in principle to bowls and quoits (see horseshoe pitching), played on an ice court by teams of four. Each player hurls a squat, circular stone—weighing 38 lb (17. Association chairman Bob Kelly believes the success of the allScottish team will have a major boost for the sport across the country.
"We have had a lot of interest and there have also been a lot of people in England who have rung up asking where they can play.
"I believe England are going to have their first dedicated curling rink near Cambridge."
GOLDEN GIRL: Rhona Martin lines up for Britain