From Olympic champion curler Debbie Knox MBE

My favourite sporting memory? It really has to be winning gold in Salt Lake City with the Great Britain Women's Curling team in 2002. But I thought that I would tell you a bit of a story about how I got there.

I started curling when I was 13 and first played for Scotland in 1987 when I was 18 after winning the Scottish Junior Championships. I won the Ladies Scottish Championships in 1992 which gave us a trip to the Worlds and to Albertville Winter Olympics where curling was a demonstration sport.

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I also won the Ladies Scottish in 1999 and was asked to be 5th player for Rhona Martin's team in 2000 when the World Championships were held at Braehead.

That’s when my journey really began. For the next 18 months or so we played as a 5-person team, alternating positions until our coaches decided what was the best team dynamic. During this time we had an intensive fitness programme as well as on-ice training and travelling for many overseas competitions.

We worked extremely hard on all aspects of our remit including Sports Psychology, which was hugely beneficial in our Olympic success.

When we eventually reached Salt Lake City we then embarked on 9 round robin games, 2 play-off games, a semi-final and then the final.

The rest, as they say is history, we won gold and got to enjoy what we had worked so hard to achieve.

Although the gold medal is my favourite memory I would say that getting involved in curling has been one of the highlights of my life. I have made so many lifelong friends; it's like a weird gang full of people of all ages and abilities!


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