Olympic curling stars Bruce Mouat and Jen Dodds have ‘unfinished business’ as they take to Scottish ice for first time since the Games

Star duo vow to put Olympic mixed doubles disappointment behind them as they aim for Scottish title

Olympic curling medallists including Eve Muirhead, Hailey Duff, Mili Smith, Bobby Lammie and Hammy McMillan also in action

Fans can watch the action from the knock-out stages exclusively on video platform Recast

Team Dodds off to flying start with win two wins on opening day to top Group C

WINTER Olympics curling stars Bruce Mouat and Jen Dodds are out to dispel their disappointment at missing out on a mixed doubles medal in Beijing by defending their title at the 2022 Scottish Curling Mixed Doubles Championships, which will be streamed exclusively live on Recast this Saturday and Sunday.

Team GB flag-bearer Mouat and on-ice partner Dodds finished an agonising fourth in the mixed doubles event, losing the bronze medal playoff 9-3 to Sweden. Despite quickly recovering to silver and gold medal-winning glory in the men’s and women’s team events respectively, the duo say they have unfinished business in the mixed event – and have set their sights on victory in Sunday’s final.

Speaking as the four-day event kicked off in Perth on Thursday, Mouat, who skippered Team GB’s men’s team to silver in Beijing, said: “The Olympics is the biggest stage in curling for us, so to represent Great Britain on that stage and play the championship the way we did and get to that play off, we felt like we were in a really good spot. So, we’ll hopefully continue that into this championship.

“We managed to turn it around really quickly for our men’s and women’s [events], and both came away with medals, so I don’t see why we can’t do that again this week.”

Dodds, a member of Eve Muirhead’s gold medal winning rink in the women’s team event in Beijing, said she’d enjoyed having a week’s rest following the high of the Olympics, but is looking forward to getting back into action with Mouat – and with a point to prove.

She added: “Obviously, the last time we stood on ice [together] was a wee bit of a disappointment so it’s good to get back and change that.”

The Stirling duo got off to a winning start in Group C on the opening day with a 6-3 win over Gina Aitken and Euan Kyle, followed by a 10-5 victory against Emma Barr and Angus Bryce.

The Scottish Curling Mixed Doubles Championship – which attracts one of the most competitive fields in world curling – will be the first chance for new and returning fans to see Team GB’s medal winning stars on home ice since Beijing, with the quarter finals, semi-finals and final shown live and exclusive on video streaming platform Recast.

GB’s women’s team gold medal winning skip Eve Muirhead is amongst a star-studded line up for the championships as the sport in Scotland seeks to capitalise on a wave of interest following the Winter Olympics.

The broadcast of the event exclusively live on Recast is a significant step for Scottish Curling, with the platform providing fans from across the globe with subscription-free access to the event featuring some of the world's best curling athletes.

It’s part of an ongoing partnership struck between governing body Scottish Curling and Edinburgh-based video streaming platform Recast, that will generate money to be directly invested back into the sport every time a fan streams content.

Andy Meikle, founder and CEO of Recast, said: “Interest in curling is at an all-time high following the success of Team GB’s curlers at the Winter Olympics. At Recast we are hugely excited to play our part in helping grow the sport by giving fans access to see some of the world’s best curling athletes live for the first time since the Games.

“Supporting sports such as curling is exactly why we created Recast, to help rights holders generate vital revenue from their greatest assets to grow the game, whilst providing fans with access to the sports they want, when they want it, without subscription costs.”

The 2022 Scottish Curling Mixed Doubles Championships takes place from March 3 to 6 at Dewars Centre in Perth. Twenty-four teams – six each in four sections – will take to the ice and battle it out for the national title.

The quarter finals (Saturday 10:30, 13:30 and 17:30), semi-finals (Sunday 10:00) and final (Sunday 14:00) will be streamed exclusively on The Curling Recast Channel All times are GMT. The cost of each stream is 50 Recast credits.