Heroes' welcome for Olympic curling stars

FANS, friends and family gave Team GB's Olympic medal- winning curlers a heroes' welcome as they returned home to Scotland.

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  • Men's skip David Murdoch and his wife, Stephanie. Right, Ice queen Eve Muirhead
    Men's skip David Murdoch and his wife, Stephanie. Right, Ice queen Eve Muirhead
  • Men's skip David Murdoch and his wife, Stephanie. Right, Ice queen Eve Muirhead
  • Men's skip David Murdoch and his wife, Stephanie. Right, Ice queen Eve Muirhead
  • Men's skip David Murdoch and his wife, Stephanie. Right, Ice queen Eve Muirhead

Crowds gathered at Edinburgh Airport to cheer David Murdoch's silver medallists and Eve Muirhead's bronze-winning rink as they were piped into the Hilton hotel to be reunited with supporters.

The players received bouquets of flowers, posed for pictures and even passed around their Olympic medals for wellwishers to hold.

Curling captured the nation's attention last week with both the men's and women's teams involved in dramatic matches as the tournament drew to a close.

Thousands of people have started to play the game across Scotland and the players hope interest in the sport can be maintained.

Muirhead said: "We weren't really aware of all the support while we were over there, we put all our social media off for the event, so when we switched it back on after the bronze-medal match our phones were going crazy and we couldn't quite believe it."

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