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Murdoch: I want the gold

Great Britain's skip David Murdoch celebrates winning the Men's Semi Final against Sweden Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Team GB's men's curling skip David Murdoch says he wants the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, and make some incredible history.

Speaking after a nail-bitting 6-5 victory over Sweden, the 35-year-old from Lockerbie said his team had every chance to be crowned Olympic champions.

"I want the gold,' Murdoch told reporters at the Ice Cube Curling Centre, "you get this opportunity once in a lifetime and it's up to us to seize the day and make some incredible history. I'm delighted getting the medal I've worked so long for but we want the gold and we'll be pushing everything to get that.

"I hope it's our time. The curling Gods have been looking down on me this week and it makes a change. We have to go out there with confidence and no fear, go for it and believe it.

"If we play well then we've got every chance."

Great Britain's skip David Murdoch celebrates with his team of Scott Andrews (left), Michael Goodfellow and Greg Drummond Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The men are guaranteed at least a silver medal which also guarantees an equal best performance by Great Britain (in terms of medal production) in the Olympic Winter Games in nearly 80 years.

A win against Canada in the final would see David Murdoch go all the way to the top of his sport. And it is a long time coming. This is his third attempt to get an Olympic medal and it looks like he could do it in style.

"It's an outrageous feeling and I can't believe it. That's a reward for 12 years of dedicating yourself to a sport, to beating your body up, going through injuries, training hard and making sacrifices. After all that time I've proved it pays off.

"Having the experience of the new near misses in Turin and Vancouver has helped me keep my head and settle my play this week. This team believes in itself, I can't believe the confidence we have and now we're in the Olympic final."

Team GB's men's curling team take on Canada Friday at 1.30 pm GMT.

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