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Ryan Dollard's latest blog from Sochi - he's finally seeing some action

It was a mixed start for our Curlers as they began their medal quest here in Sochi. Lockerbie's David Murdoch lead the men to a 7-4 victory over Russia in the morning, but was unable to prevent Sweden marching to an 8-4 win over Team GB in the afternoon session.

The Swedes also bested the British women 6-4 to hand Anna Sloan and Claire Hamilton a losing start to their Olympics.

They may get their chance for revenge though, as both sides are well fancied to be in the mix during the knockout stages of the competition.

Today I hope to actually see some live Olympic action for myself. So far I have been shuttling between press conferences at the coastal resort at Adler and the mountain cluster at Rosa Khutor. Both facilities are very pleasant but they're no substitute for sitting in the stadium and seeing the drama unfold with your own eyes.

While trying to organise an interview with the mother of Curthwaite figure skater David King, he tweeted me to ask why I hadn't been down to the figure skating arena to watch him compete last week.

I was busy writing and filming but it did remind me that I have yet to experience an event at these games from the stands.

Well, all that is about to change. I am determined to watch David and his partner Stacey Kemp in the figure skating arena this evening. They are targeting a top ten finish in the pairs competition and I sincerely hope that they do well.

I met them at David's family home before we all headed out here to Russia. David and Stacey are a couple on and off the ice and as nice a pair of people as you could wish to meet. I even found out that I had played cricket against his father in the Eden Valley league as a younger, and somewhat more svelte, man several years ago, but that is the last you need to hear about my own laughable endeavours on sporting fields.

I am hugely looking forward to putting impartiality to one side and cheering David and Stacey on this evening. I hope to be able to sing their praises next time I write.

Now, I have come in for some criticism for this blog. While I have lauded the efforts of everyone from Teddy bears to taxi drivers one man has found his contribution to my cause shamefully unrecognised.

The handsome and suave (that is what you told me to say, isn't it Col?) Colin Skipsey has dealt with an unconscionable number of phone calls as I have encountered technical difficulties (often of my own making) sending my reports back to the UK. I even rudely disturbed his restful Sunday afternoon to beg his assistance. He has been a trooper.

And if he doesn't assist in having my expenses approved after that excess of praise I don't know him as well as I think I do.

So, here is to our curlers getting back to winning ways, and here is to David and Stacey showing the world what they can do in the Short Pairs Program.

I am aware that this may read as a rather one-sided conversation, so if you have any questions about the Winter Olympics, or have any suggestions for my blog while I am out here, please feel free to e-mail or send me a tweet at @RyanDollardITV

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