Although the 2014 Winter Olympics hosts will be disappointed that neither the Russian men's nor women's curling team advanced to the medal rounds this February, there was more than enough drama to excite the crowd at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi on Tuesday.
Only one matchup was scheduled for Day 11, but it turned out to be one of the best thus far, as Great Britain came from behind on the final end to knock out reigning Olympic silver medalists Norway 6-5 and secure the final berth in the men's four-team playoff, per The New York Times' Ben Rothenberg:
The jaw-dropping finish sets up a semifinal showdown with Sweden on Wednesday at 7 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. GMT). Canada and China will square off against one another in the other men's semifinal.
Here's a closer look at British skip David Murdoch's winning shot, which was aided by flawless effort from sweepers Michael Goodfellow and Scott Andrews, courtesy of SportsCentre host Bryan Mudryk:
Afterward, Murdoch was adamant the he and his teammates had no other choice but to go for the incredibly difficult shot, per The Independent's Ronnie Esplin:
I stood back and saw there was a shot for two and once we seen that, we were always going to go for it. Sometimes you just have to go for it. You have to trust everything you have done previously, all your practise shots, everything you have done all week.
We had the courage to go for it and were confident we were going to take it. I have played those guys a hundred times and the chances of stealing an extra end is very slim. So, as hard as the shot was, we had to go for it.
The memorable finish was so thrilling it even led some to challenge the system.
Why can't we stop school and study the olympics for two weeks? I would actually enjoy taking an exam on what happened in curling yesterday— Deliverance (@CodyLiverance) February 18, 2014
Unsurprisingly, even those who are new to the sport were glued to the action.
I don't entirely understand curling, but I'm fascinated by it. And the Norwegian pants? Amazing. http://t.co/xRoeO4vkAh— Jennifer Woldt (@BadgerJen2002) February 18, 2014
Former freestyle swimmer Karen Pickering was among the many Britons inspired by their countrymen's never-say-die approach.
Boom, and the boys are through. Wonderful moment. Loved the response of the parents and fans, who endure so much tension from the stands.— Kenny More (@ESA_KM) February 18, 2014
Some fans went to great lengths to show their support and pride.
How will Great Britain fare the rest of the way?
Although Great Britain will be flying high after their come-from-behind victory over the Norwegians, they won't have very long to celebrate before Wednesday's semifinal clash with top-seeded Sweden.
Not to mention, they'll face a tall task going up against the Scandinavian powerhouse. After all, Sweden went 8-1 in their round-robin matchups and topped their British rivals 8-4 in their previous meeting at the Ice Cube.
Still, with Murdoch locked in and his teammates believing they can overcome any and all odds, Great Britain must be considered a threat to reach the gold-medal game. And if not, the Europeans will still have an excellent shot to land on the podium this weekend.
If they do, Murdoch's clutch shot will likely be talked about for years to come.
Follow Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Patrick Clarke on Twitter.