MICHAEL Goodfellow didn’t get the fairytale ending he craved at the Winter Olympics in Sochi but he simply isn’t prepared for it to take the shine off his silver lining.
The 25-year-old Kilsyth Curling Club member was bidding to repeat the heroics of Rhona Howie’s women’s curling gold at Salt Lake City 2002 exactly 12 years to the day in Russia as they met Canada in the men’s final.
It didn’t go according to plan for Goodfellow and the British rink of himself, skip David Murdoch, Greg Drummond and Scott Andrews however as Canada recorded a comprehensive 9-3 victory after eight ends
Goodfellow headed into the final buoyed by a fine semi-final win over world champions Sweden and tiebreaker success against Norway in which skip Murdoch played the shot of the century to score two with the final stone.
And Goodfellow, who was aggressively ordered to change his shirt in the final – it didn’t have his name on the back, admitted he wouldn’t be letting the disappointment of failing to win gold overshadow his Winter Olympics.
“It wasn’t the result we wanted in the final, when you go into any match that important you want to perform at your best and we probably didn’t,” he said.
“We can’t have any complaints about a silver medal, being an Olympic medallist is an incredible achievement for this team.
“We’ve got a few silvers now at the World Championships and now the Olympics. I think we are all excited about changing the colour of those medals in the future.
“There was a lot of emotion in the team after we won the tiebreaker and then the semi-final. I don’t think we were too relaxed or thought the job had been done.
“Canada are the best team in the world and we let them into the match and didn’t really have a chance.
“It’s a shame we didn’t give the best account of ourselves in that one game but I’m so proud of the rest of the tournament.
“Receiving the medal was a moment I will never forget. It would have been great to hear our anthem but the adrenaline of that moment and excitement I felt, I will remember that for the rest of my life.”
Goodfellow was making his Olympic debut in Sochi along with Drummond and Andrews while Murdoch is a veteran of three Games having finished fourth at Turin 2006 and fifth at Vancouver 2010.
Skip Murdoch hasn’t ruled out continuing on the road to the next Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in 2018 – full of belief that Goodfellow and co can dominate for a while to come.
“These guys are super talented. It’s exciting what we could achieve. I’ve been here a few times now but it was their first Olympics. I was so proud of how they responded when the pressure was on, nothing phased them,” said Murdoch.
“They are only going to be better for this experience. They are going to be hungry to come back again and improve how they done.
“Maybe this is the start of something special for this team. I still have that desire, now I’ve had the silver maybe I should come back and try for a gold.”
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