David Murdoch Winter Olympic Team GB curler appeared on Newsround for Cbeebies recently. He answered a series of questions from young viewers about all things curling. The piece aired several times on Cbeebies.
David Murdoch is a curler from Lockerbie, a 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic silver medalist, 2 x World Champion, 3 x European Champion, 3 x Winter Olympian and 6 x national champion. David is a key part of a talented winning team of Scottish curlers. He has commentated on curling for Eurosport on non playing days, holds several other curling medals and is a globally travelled sportsman. He is a proud, humble, dedicated professional and is widely acknowledged as one of the worlds top mens curlers.
David Murdoch was born in Lockerbie in 1978 and took up the traditional sport of curling as a youngster playing with his family. His family all were talented curlers, his brother Neil is a former European Champion and his sister Nancy is an Olympic curling coach.
David won his first title as World Junior Champion in 1995, he retained that title in 1996 but had to settle for silver in 1998.By 1999, Murdoch had moved up to the position of skip, and led Scotland to a 6-3 record and fifth place at that year’s world juniors. Four years later, he led Scotland to the European Championship title, beating Peja Lindholm’s formidable Sweden team in the final.
2005-2008, WORLD & EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS SUCCESS, OLYMPICS FOURTH PLACE
In 2005, David Murdoch went to his first ever World Championships. At the 2005 World Men’s Curling Championship his Scotland rink won the silver medal after losing to Canada’s Randy Ferbey in the final. The team’s fine run of form ensured all four members a place in the Great Britain men’s squad for the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, with Murdoch was the youngest member of the quartet and also the skip. At the Olympics, Murdoch and his team lost in the bronze medal match to Pete Fenson of the United States and finished fourth.
Two months later, David Murdoch would avenge his defeat in 2005 by winning the gold medal at the 2006 World Men’s Curling Championship. Murdoch defeated Canada (skipped by Jean-Michel Ménard) in the final. In December 2006 he won the silver medal in the European Championships in Basel, Switzerland, and followed that up with gold in 2007. He successfully defended his title at the European Curling Championships 2008 against Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud.
Murdoch and his team represented Scotland again at the 2008 World Men’s Curling Championship, where he lost to Canada in the final.
2009-2012, WORLD CHAMPION AGAIN, NATIONAL SUCCESS, OLYMPICS FIFTH PLACE
In 2009, David Murdoch once again won a gold medal for Scotland at the World Men’s Curling Championship, which was held in Moncton, Nebraska.
On January 17, 2010, Murdoch’s rink became the first non-Canadian team to win the TSN Skins Game. His team won $70,500 (₤43,000) for the win.
David Murdoch represented Team GB at his second Olympic Games at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. He also skipped the team for his second consecutive Games. The mens curling team placed fifth after losing their play off match to Sweden. After the 2009-10 season, Murdoch’s Olympic team broke up.
In 2011 DavidMurdoch joined the successful ‘Team Brewster’ working with Tom Brewster (2xScottish Men’s Champion, 2xWorld Silver Medalist, 2x European Mixed Champion, World Junior Champion), Greg Drummond (2x Scottish Men’s Champion, 2x World Silver Medalist, University Games participant), Scott Andrews (2xScottish Men’s Champion, 2xWorld Silver Medalist, 2xScottish Junior Champion, World Junior Silver Medalist) and Michael Goodfellow (2xScottish Men’s Champion, 2xWorld Silver Medalist, 2x University Games participant ).
2012/13 SEASON AND BEYOND…
The team completed a superb 2012/13 season in May; with wins in the Scottish Championships, Hamburg Masters and Edinburgh Invitational. They also finished well in the European Championships and ended the season with a bronze at the World Championships in Canada. They ended the season joint 1st in the world rankings.
Their seasons results confirming the team’s selection to represent Team GB as the chosen men’s curling team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. David Murdoch and his teammates aim to deliver strong and successful showings in all competitions for the foreseeable future and Hamilton Management wish our clients well in their upcoming season.
David and his team won a sensational silver at the recent Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics to cap off a highly successful season.
David Murdoch is a keen cyclist in his spare time and is a fan of various sports.
Official Team GB profile: http://www.teamgb.com/athletes/david-murdoch
HONOURS AND ACCOLADES
2014 – Silver Medalist, Winter Olympics, Sochi
2014 – Skip of Team GB Men’s Curling Team, Olympic Games, Sochi
2013 – Bronze,European Championships
2013 - Bronze, World Championships
2010 – Fifth, Olympic Games, Vancouver
2010 – Skip, Team GB Men’s Curling Team, Olympic Games, Vancouver
2010 – Bronze, World Championships
2009 – Gold, World Championships
2008 – Silver, World Championships
2008 – Gold, European Championships
2007 – Gold, European Championships
2006 – Fourth, Olympic Games, Turin
2006 – Skip, Team GB Men’s Curling Team, Olympic Games, Turin
2006 – Gold, World Championships
2006 – Silver, European Championships
2005 – Silver, World Championships
2005 – Bronze, European Championships
2003 – Gold, European Junior Championships
1999 – Skip, Scottish Mens Juniors,World Junior Championships
1998 – Silver, World Junior Championships
1996 – Gold, World Junior Championships
1995 – Gold, World Junior Championships