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Scottish sportspeople are making a big noise - and not just in headline disciplines

Scottish sport is going through something of a purple patch.

While 2013 may not have had the glitz and glamour of the London Olympic Games, there have been many Scottish success stories over the past 12 months. Scotland's obsession with football persists and the back pages continue to be dominated by Rangers' boardroom goings-on, the Green Brigade and the rest, but there is so much more than this to Scottish sport. There are many shining lights.

Andy Murray's Wimbledon victory was the jewel in the crown; it was, arguably, the best moment in Scottish sporting history. He's in good company, though. Scotland has relatively few world champions and even fewer double world champions but that's exactly what we have in canoeist David Florence.

The Aberdonian won double gold at the Slalom World Championships in Prague in September with victory in the C1 and C2 events. He was the first British man for 18 years to win the individual title and, when he then added the C2 title, he became the first man to achieve this feat for 60 years. The achievements go alongside his two Olympic silver medals from 2008 and 2012.

Ricky Burns twice retained his World Boxing Organization lightweight title, firstly with victory over Jose Gonzales, then with a contentious draw with Raymundo Beltran. Burns is on his way to becoming one of Scotland's finest boxers of all time.

Michael Jamieson burst on to the scene at London 2012 with a silver medal in the pool and has reinforced the likelihood that he will be the poster boy for Glasgow 2014. Despite an injury-plagued season - he also had to have his heart restarted because of overexertion in training - he added European Championship silver to his ever-expanding medal haul earlier this month.

It's not just the boys who are flying the Saltire with distinction. We may have lost Sir Chris Hoy from competitive action after he announced his retirement in April, but 2013 featured the emergence of a new cycling star, Katie Archibald. She emerged this year from a position of relative obscurity and is now part of the much-revered British cycling set-up in Manchester.

The 19-year-old was a member of the team which broke the world record on their way to the gold medal in the 4km team pursuit at the European Track Championships in the Netherlands in October and she won her first World Cup medal last month. Archibald is rubbing shoulders with the likes of Olympic gold medallists Laura Trott and Dani King and is certainly one to keep an eye on in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at Glasgow 2014.

Polly Swann stepped out of Katherine Grainger's shadow when the young Scottish rower became world champion in the coxless pairs alongside the Olympic champion Helen Glover in August. She also completed a clean sweep of three World Cup golds this year.

A European indoor gold and silver medal and World Championship bronze in the 4x400m relay have given Eilidh Child optimism that this summer she can improve upon her Commonwealth silver from 2010. The 26-year-old will captain the Scotland team at the GB International match at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow next month, which will give her a taste of the atmosphere she can expect at Glasgow 2014.

Next year, sport in Scotland will dominate the media as the country hosts the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup, but success could materialise long before that.

The Winter Olympics in Sochi could prove to be a fertile feeding ground for Scottish members of Team GB, with Britain's best opportunity for gold coming from curling's Team Muirhead.

Skip Eve Muirhead, along with Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton, became world champions in Riga in March, but had to settle for silver at last month's European Championships in Norway. They will be determined to make amends for that disappointment by emulating their coach Rhona Martin, who famously won Olympic gold in Salt Lake City in 2002.

Another Scot with real potential to win a medal at the Winter Olympics is speedskater Elise Christie. Sochi will be Christie's second Olympic Games and, after she became the first British woman to win a World Championship medal - she took bronze in the 1000m event in March - expectations are high. She is reigning European champion over 1000m and 1500m.

It is perhaps not appreciated quite how strong Scottish sporting performances have been in recent years. Glasgow 2014 is the perfect platform for every athlete from a minority sport to gain a higher profile. If you choose to look closely enough, you will realise that Scotland is punching well above its weight.

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