Updated: Thursday, 13 February 2014 22:59 | By Agence France-Presse

Single-minded British curlers impose Twitter ban

The British women's curling team are so single-minded in their pursuit of gold at the Sochi Olympics that they have imposed their own Twitter ban.


Single-minded British curlers impose Twitter ban

Eve Muirhead watches her stone during the women's curling round robin match between Great Britain and China at the Ice Cube curling centre in Sochi on February 13, 2014 - by Adrian Dennis

The reigning world champions -- who play as Scotland in that event -- are one of the fancied teams at the Games along with the likes of defending champions Sweden and Canada.

Skip Eve Muirhead's last tweet, which was on February 5, said: "Thanks for all the support, time to concentrate on the games so won't be on twitter..."

"I just don't quite know what to do when I pick up my phone now," said the 23-year-old, who admitted the dam would spectacularly burst once the Games were finished.

"I'm sure as soon as the competition is over we'll be on it for a few hours."

Team member Anna Sloan said the team were aware that the spotlight shone on the sport every four years and that could be a potential distraction.

"Curling gets so much more attention for the Olympic Games than it does for any other competition," she said. "There's just so many more eyes watching us."

Muirhead believes it is best to avoid what is being said about the team online, whether good or bad.

"You don't really know, or want to know, some of the stuff that a lot of people are saying," she said.

Muirhead and her team also implemented a ban at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

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