Team GB curling skip Eve Muirhead believes her rink are peaking at the right time after they reached the semi-finals of the Winter Olympics with an eliminating victory over fancied Canada.

Great Britain, who won bronze under Muirhead’s guidance four years ago in Sochi, beat Canada 6-5 in Pyeongchang and face Sweden for a place in the final on Friday.

“The last few days we’ve been getting better and better and it’s all about building momentum for when it matters,” said Muirhead.

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“Our aim was to book that semi-final slot. We’ve shown a lot of determination and patience and we’re in a good place. We loved playing under pressure, we thrive at this level and we’ve been here before. We’ll stay focused and clinical.”

Team GB’s Canadian coach Glenn Howard said: “I can’t ask for anything more. Too bad Canada were knocked out, but we’ve got a job to do and I’m really proud of the girls.”

Kyle Smith’s men’s rink were less successful, losing heavily 10-4 to the United States, and now face a play-off on Thursday morning to progress to the last four.

Britain need one more medal to reach their target for the Games of five.

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