HOT ON THE ICE; but It Looks Gloomy for Distraught Women: WINTER OLYMPICS

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DAVID MURDOCH steered Great Britain's curling men towards a semi-finals spot while Eve Muirhead blamed herself for leaving the women's team on the brink of elimination on Day 11 of the Vancouver Olympics.

While Murdoch, Ewan MacDonald, Pete Smith and Euan Byers continued their improving form with an 8-2 win over Germany, 19-year-old women's skip Muirhead was left frustrated by mistakes that gifted Denmark a 9-8 win.

Britain's men now face already qualified Norway today and a win should see them into the semi-finals.

"That was a really solid performance, the type of form that we expect from ourselves," said Murdoch.

"We're glad to see it's happening, that's been three solid games and the team usually does that by the time it gets to the end of the week in major championships.

"I think there's still a little to go, I don't think we're maxed out yet but we're certainly coming into the type of form we're looking for.

"You don't want to peak at the start of the week. This is the business end of the week we're getting into and it's good to see that every one of us is playing great shots."

Meanwhile Muirhead was ruing a couple of costly slack shots in a 9-8 defeat against Denmark.

She broke her curling broom by banging it on the ice in sheer frustration after her misjudged final stone in the ninth gifted the Danes two vital points. …