Bringing home the gold(s)

Press release   •   Nov 16, 2016 10:31 GMT

The Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships, from November 19-26, will put the seal on an unparalleled year of sport in 2016, which has seen no fewer than 14 Olympic and Paralympic champions and more than 40 medallists compete in EventScotland-supported events.

In a year of prestigious sporting occasions, during which the global stars of athletics, cycling, gymnastics, swimming and tennis touched down in Scotland, spectators have been treated to an incredible opportunity to witness top class sportsmen and women compete at the peak of their powers.

Indeed, in taking to the ice at the intu Braehead Arena, Scotland’s Tom Brewster, Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan and Vicki Adams will take the number of medallists from the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 and the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games to compete in events supported by EventScotland in 2016 to 43, with well over 50 individual medals to their names.

A first outing in 2016 for Olympic hero Mo Farah at the Great Edinburgh XCountry in January, and subsequent 3000m victory at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix, was soon followed by a gold medal performance by fellow double Rio champ Max Whitlock at the Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics.

Our domestic swimming stars were next to descend on Glasgow, with the likes of soon-to-be-crowned 2016 Olympic champion Adam Peaty taking to the Tollcross International Swimming Centre pool for the British Swimming Championships.

As the golf season got underway, events such as The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and The Open Championship in July attracted stellar fields to Scotland, the Home of Golf, which featured the Rio men’s 1-2-3 in Justin Rose (gold), Henrik Stenson (silver) and Matt Kuchar (bronze).

Just as strong a line-up assembled for the opening stage of the 2016 Tour of Britain, which took place just two weeks following the closing ceremony in Rio. Three gold and four silver Olympic medal winners - including Bradley Wiggins, Owain Doull and Mark Cavendish - made the 104-mile journey from Glasgow to Castle Douglas during stage one of British Cycling’s premier road race.

Not to be outdone by her male counterparts, Scotland’s Katie Archibald followed up her own Olympic success with Madison gold in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in front of a bumper crowd at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Just weeks earlier, the neighbouring Emirates Arena had welcomed new world No.1 and two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray for a second David Cup semi-final sell-out in as many years.

Olympic fever was also felt at the Blair Castle International Horse Trials, Great Scottish Swim and Strathclyde ITU World Paratriathlon, which collectively featured a number of athletes who went on to compete at or had recently returned from Brazil.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said:

“Over the past 12 months, Scotland has really proved itself as the perfect stage for events, welcoming soon-to-be or newly crowned Olympic champions and other medallists for an unsurpassed variety of sporting occasions.

“In no other year in recent memory has the country been able to offer sports enthusiasts so many individual opportunities to witness the very best athletes in the world, and we have been rewarded with huge audience turnouts across the board.

“More than participating in world-class events, sportspeople decide to compete in Scotland due to the enthusiasm of our spectators and they have truly made 2016 another highly memorable year for sporting events.”

Ahead of the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships, Sochi 2014 silver medallist and Scotland skipper, Tom Brewster, said:

“It really has been an incredible year for events in Scotland and sports enthusiasts have been fortunate in the number of world stars who have been attracted to compete here.

“Regardless of which sport you compete in, the difference a supportive crowd can make is huge and I think that is one of the reasons that Scotland is so attractive for sportspeople. We also have an abundance of incredible facilities which, in the run up to the Olympic Games, helped many medal-winning athletes complete their ideal preparation for Rio.”

Brewster, who is also the Manager at Curl Aberdeen, which will host the World Junior Curling Championships in 2018, added:

“With four major curling occasions on the horizon, starting this weekend at the intu Braehead Arena, it’s an incredibly exciting time for our sport. The Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championshipsoffers the first opportunity to engage the next generation of curlers as we build towards the World Wheelchair Championships in 2019 and the Men’s World Championships in 2020, and I’m sure the legacy of this event will be felt for years to come.”

Bruce Crawford, Chief Executive of The Royal Caledonian Curling Club, the governing body of the sport in Scotland, said:

“Scotland is playing its part in the lead up to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games by hosting the European Curling Championships at intu Braehead Arena.

“The top eight men’s and women’s European teams at Braehead will earn a place at the World Championships in March/April 2017, where the teams will be playing for Olympic qualification points. We hope to give Scotland’s teams a home advantage in Braehead and where will be a great home crowd. Tickets are still available on”



Mo Farah
Men’s 5,000m
Men’s 10,000m

Conseslus Kipruto
Men’s Steeplechase

Thiago Braz da Silva
Men’s Pole Vault

Markus Rehm
Paralympic Men’s Long Jump
Paralympic Men’s 4x 100m Relay

Elaine Thompson
Women’s 100m
Women’s 200m


Bradley Wiggins
Men’s Team Pursuit

Owain Doull
Men’s Team Pursuit

Elia Viviani
Men’s Omnium

Katie Archibald
Women’s Team Pursuit


Justin Rose
Men’s Golf


Max Whitlock
Men’s Floor
Men’s Pommel


Adam Peaty
Men’s 100m Breaststroke


Andy Murray
Men’s Singles Tennis


Jetze Plat
Paralympic Men’s Triathlon

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