Scotland's bold bid for the World Wheelchair Curling Championships title on the home ice of Stirling fell just short today as they were beaten 5-2 in the final by Paralympic champions China.
Silver, however, represented a huge achievement for the host nation, who qualified from the round-robin stages with a last-gasp win over Canada before beating the defending champions, Norway, 7-2 in the semi-final.
Norway’s disappointment in this World Curling Federation event at The Peak venue continued this morning as they lost 10-3 to South Korea in the bronze medal match.
Following the victory over Norway, an emotional Scottish skip Aileen Neilson said: "It's just a dream come true to actually play in the final of our home championship and it's been my dream to get a medal on home soil.
"We know we've got a medal now, but there's one colour I don't have, and it would be my ultimate dream to get that."
That proved to be a dream too far, however, as the Pyeongchang 2018 gold medallists, skipped by Haitao Wang, had just too much experience on the big occasion.
Earlier in the day South Korea had delivered another blow to the previous world champions with their emphatic victory in the bronze medal match.
It was a disappointing end to the international career of Norway's skip, Rune Lorentsen.
Having finished joint top of the round robin stages with Canada, Norway's defence of its title had ended the day before with another shock defeat to the hosts.
"We didn't reach the top level we can play," Lorentsen said.
"It was small margins that made the difference."
Now the three-times world champion is looking to the future.
"Hopefully, I will coach and travel in Norway to [help people] pick up the sport," he added.
On his team’s victory, South Korea’s skip Soonseok Seo said: "We are always happy to get a medal.
"Frankly, we had a bad time at the start of the round robin.
"Then we won, and won, and won, which was good.
"The ice conditions were excellent today and the balance was very good.
"We are getting better and better as a team and we have three years until the Beijing Paralympics to make this team."