Aileen Neilson is content with playing the long game in her bid for wheelchair curling Paralympic glory.

The Scottish skip inspired her team to Sochi 2014 bronze the last time they competed at a Games, with a similar result in PyeongChang not beyond the realms of possibility.

It was in the Gangneung Curling Centre where the rink became world bronze medallists a year ago under the guise of Scotland, with Neilson joined by Gregor Ewan, Bob McPherson, Hugh Nibloe and Angie Malone.

The early signs are positive for a potential repeat too, with Sunday’s victory over Finland a second of the round-robin stage – not that the skip is counting up the points too much just yet.

“It’s a marathon and not a sprint, this is a long competition where you might not play at your best in every game but that’s something we’ve known at the start,” she said.

“You can’t go as hard as you’d like to every game so management is very important, we’ve been training for that with early starts, late finishes and busy days so we’re ready.

“Physically and mentally we’re happy with that, now we just keep plugging on which is what you have to do across 11 matches.

“It’s always nice to end the day with a win, it gives you time to reflect nicely heading into the evening and be ready to go again the next day in a positive frame of mind.”

After beating world champions Norway on the opening night, ParalympicsGB were brought back down with a slight bump having lost out to Switzerland.

But a dominating 9-2 win over the Finnish ensured that was quickly forgotten in their bid for semi-finals and medal matches.

Experience could prove telling with only Nibloe not part of the bronze-medal winning side from four years ago.

And with tough yet exciting games against Sweden and Canada to come on Monday, lead McPherson is keen to simply marvel in the experience.

“I’m loving every minute of it out here and now I’m just going to go and get a good night sleep and we’ll come back out tomorrow and go again,” he said.

“It was a bit of a dodgy first half but we came out firing all guns blazing in the second half and that meant we sealed a really good win.

“We had to pull our socks up and start making some shots. We had a bit of a word from the coach and that was all we needed to start making shots.

“If we make the shots we win the games. In the first half we were making half-shots but in the second-half we came out and we all played at our best.”

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