Greg looks ahead to the Winter Olympics

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Forfar curler Greg Drummond admits he has surprised himself with the speed of his ascent in becoming a winter Olympian, but do not confuse his wide-eyed excitement for inexperience.

Indeed, on the eve of Sochi 2014, Drummond is part of a rink skipped by David Murdoch that will enter the Games as one of the favourites to take a medal.

Not since the first Winter Games back in Chamonix 1924 have a British men’s rink scooped an Olympic medal, but the recent success of this rink is a cause for real optimism.

They have medalled in the last three successive World Championships, picking up two silvers and then a bronze in 2013, and combine youth and experience.

Skip Murdoch is a two-time Olympian but with Drummond and Scott Andrews both only 24 and Duncan Goodfellow 25 there is plenty of youthful exuberance.

So much so that Drummond admits he did not expect to have broken into the international set-up this quickly.

“It probably was not until 2010 or 2011 that we realised that we were good enough to compete at the men’s level in the game,” he said.

“And when we did finally with the men in 2011 and medalled with a silver at the World Championships (we realised) that we could make Sochi rather than 2018 because 2018 was always the more realistic goal.

“But because we have performed so well in the run up to Sochi it became the reality.

“Everyone says the Olympics is a scary thing but, let’s be honest, I have never been before so I don’t know whether it is or not.

“Everyone has said ‘do not treat it any differently from any other competition, just enjoy it and if you do treat it the same as a normal Championship hopefully the result at the end will show’. I do not want to do anything differently because that would just be silly.”

After a succession of podium finishes at European and World Championships, all attention has now turned to Russia and the quest for Olympic history.

And while a gold medal is what Drummond is dreaming about when he goes to sleep at night, any colour metal around his neck would be classed as a victory.

“We go into every event wanting to win that is the same with every team in the competition they are going in there to win games,” he added.

“For us the first goal is to make the play offs and be in the mix at the end of the week because then it becomes a whole new competition
really.

“If we could come away with any colour medal that would be a fantastic achievement for us.”

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