Winter Olympics: Mixed fortunes for Great Britain curlers in Pyeongchang

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Winter Olympics: GB curlers edge past Switzerland in tense tie-break
XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage times

Great Britain's men beat Switzerland before losing to defending champions Canada as they kicked off their curling campaign in Pyeongchang.

A tight match against the Swiss saw the score tied at 5-5 in the 10th end before skip Kyle Smith secured a 6-5 win with a simple shot.

They trailed Canada 4-1, but fought back to 5-4 before Canada sealed a 6-4 win following a tactical 10th end.

Great Britain's women beat Olympic Athletes from Russia 10-3.

Smith told BBC Sport: "It was a shame because we had quite a slow start. We played a lot of good curling once we got into it. It's a pity we didn't start with that form.

"It's good to get the first win under our belt this morning. We played two very difficult games but there's a lot to take from tonight's game so we will take that into tomorrow."

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Highlights: GB women ease to seven-point victory over OAR

Great Britain's women's team - consisting of Eve Muirhead (skip), Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Lauren Gray, along with alternate Kelly Schafter - were in control of their opener against Olympic Athletes from Russia from the first end.

They established a 3-0 lead at the first opportunity before running away to 10-3 victory. They take on the United States on Thursday.

The top four teams from the round-robin stage will progress to the semi-finals.

Great Britain's men earned silver four years ago, losing to Canada in the final in Sochi.

Muirhead, Sloan, Adams and Gray were all part of the team who won bronze in 2014.

Bad conditions force Britons to wait

Gangneung Olympic Park
Security staff try to cope with the windy conditions at Gangneung Olympic Park

Elsewhere, high winds once again forced postponements of events.

Coventry-born Amanda Lightfoot was supposed to compete in the women's biathlon, but that has been rescheduled for Thursday. And Scottish duo Alex Tilley and Charlie Guest were set for the women's slalom, but that will now be run on Friday.

The winds caused damage at Gangneung Olympic Park, where stands were damaged and staff struggled to hold down metal-detecting security scanners.

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The action on BBC TV

09:15-13:00, BBC One and online

12:05-14:30, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra (Ice hockey - Slovakia v Olympic Athletes from Russia in the men's preliminary round)

The Games Today

19:00-20:00, BBC Two and online

14:00-00:00, BBC Red Button (replays) and online

Olympics Extra

20:00-21:00, BBC Four and online

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