The multi-talented Wright replaces curling with cooking during the festive period

Versatile Vicki Wright celebrated securing her “magical” debut at the Winter Olympics, but revealed the toughest challenge she faces from now until Beijing – Christmas dinner.

Forfar Curler-Wright, 28, has been officially named to GB’s five-player curling squad after helping Scotland’s Yves Muirhead secure a place in the Netherlands this month.

Wright, Muirhead, Jennifer Dodds and Hailey Duff – who were all selected for the games along with substitute Millie Smith – racked up five straight wins to bounce off a slow start and pursue European domination in November at Lillehammer.

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Wright is juggling her curling career alongside her job as a nurse at Forth Valley Hospital and when the coronavirus pandemic hits, she halts her athletic career to join the front line.

Curling and Combatting Covid is a complicated mix, but Wright, who trains at the Leswalt Curling Club, has lifted the lid off the obstacle to alternative celebrations that currently dominate her ideas.

When Wright was asked what she was most nervous about after she booked her spot in Beijing, she said, “Cooking Christmas dinner!

“I’m working on Christmas Eve but I’m on Christmas Day off so it would be good to spend time with the family.

“But we’re hosting Christmas this year – so that’s going to be fun! I’ve never cooked Christmas dinner before – but here we are!

“I’m so excited and it’s a magical day to finally announce it. After everything we’ve been through, getting here and getting the job done is amazing.

“Working for the NHS and Covid, it’s about getting the best of both worlds. I can do Olympic sports and work too – it’s a dream to do both.”

Widely known as “chess on ice,” Wright is well aware of the intense lights that will be on curling when she and the team descend on the Chinese capital in February.

Rona Martin’s “Stone of Destiny” story in Salt Lake City in 2002 propelled Great Britain to its first Winter Olympic gold medal since Sarajevo in 1984 and since then the sport has held a cherished national stature whenever the Games begin.

Wright insists she is enjoying the interest, and Dumfries, who is one of more than 1,000 athletes able to train full time, have access to the world’s best coaches and benefit from leading technology and medical and scientific support thanks to vital funding for the National Lottery, added: “You just have to embrace it and enjoy.” with it.

“The Winter Olympics is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and you have to try to take every moment when it comes and really cherish it.

“Once you step on the ice your nerves seem to build up a bit and you’re in control. It’s worse than watching. But we’ll see how we go in the Olympics.”

The rink in Muirhead crowned a European championship to savor as a 7-4 victory over Olympic champion Sweden led to glory in Norway.

A spooky Olympic qualifying event ensued in the Netherlands, but after losing their first two matches, the Scots recreated Lillehammer’s shape to build this unbeaten track and secure their seat on the board.

Turkey’s victory over Japan ensured Muirhead’s team would be joined by Bruce Mowat’s men in Beijing and Wright, who will bid to add to the more than 1,000 medals British athletes have achieved since the National Lottery for elite sports funding began in 1997 in China, he said: “We’re in really good shape now.” And we don’t want to disable it.

“I just need to keep doing what I’m doing. We’re training really well and we need to keep playing on the ice and keep our heads low.

“We’ve all worked hard to get here – it’s been a challenging season, but we’re in a good position now and we just need to keep supporting each other and working together.”

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