Eve Muirhead has put the frighteners on her curling rivals after opening her Pyeongchang campaign with a crushing 10-3 victory over the Olympic Athletes from Russia.
Great Britain, looking to erase the memory of their semi-final heartbreak in Sochi four years ago wrapped up victory in the seventh end after a lightning start which saw them cruise into a 6-1 lead.
And Russian skip Victoria Moiseeva was in no doubts that Muirhead’s famously steely-eyed demeanour is a factor in the way the 27-year-old Scot has emerged as one of the most successful names on the global curling circuit.

Eve MuirheadEve Muirhead was in no mood to mess around against Russia (David Davies/PA)

Moiseeva said: “We’ve played a lot of times against her (Muirhead) and we know that face – she always has it on the ice.
“It’s not a contact sport so you don’t think about your opponent. I’m not like that – it helps my nerves to calm down and smile. A person like her likes to scare the opponent.”
Muirhead, whose team were set to continue in the round-robin phase of the competition on Thursday, dismissed suggestions that her attitude on the ice was down to any kind of psychological ploy.

She said: “I like to look similar if I’m winning or losing and that comes to body language – people say I’m steely-eyed but it’s a lot of time to concentrate out there.
“As a skip I make all the decisions but a split-second decision can cost us the game so it’s important I stay focused out there for the duration.”
Great Britain’s men’s team led by Kyle Smith experienced mixed fortunes on their Olympic debut, squeezing past Switzerland 6-5 before going down 6-4 to gold medal favourites Canada in the evening match.

Smith closed out a dramatic win over the Swiss by grabbing the point which took the match into an extra end, then rolling the final stone into the house for victory.
But the Britons were always chasing the game against the Canadians and despite an encouraging display they came up narrowly short.