Gold for Stirling Curler at World University Games

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Stirling student James Craik led his men’s curling team to gold at the Winter World University Games in Lake Placid.

The sports scholar skipped his rink of Mark Watt, Angus Bryce, former Stirling student Blair Haswell and alternate Jack Carrick as they beat the United States of America 5-1 in Saturday’s one-sided final.

Representing Team GB, the men’s team finished the round-robin with eight wins and one defeat. They then beat Canada 6-4 in a tight semi-final on Thursday evening, before their game against the hosts in the final.

After the victory, Craik said: “Progressing through to the play-offs was a very exciting thing for us. We knew we had some really tough games ahead of us.

Representing Team GB, Craik’s rink beat the hosts 5-1 in the final. Image Credit: Jack Hodgetts

“Beating Canada twice on Thursday, then managing to follow that up with a win against the USA in the final was key.

“Having the home crowd against us slightly was a little bit difficult, but we were quite glad to hush them after the second end.

“The boys in front of me have played phenomenally and really just proved that we are a cut above everyone else thanks to the British Curling programme which has put us in shape to go out all week and conduct ourselves very professionally.

“Our consistency was the difference between all the rest of the teams and us.”

Featured Image Credit: Jack Hodgetts

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