Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships 2016


Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships 2016

Matt Pinsent presents highlights of the Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships from Innsbruck, Austria. Laura Deas leads the British bid.


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Deep in the heart of the Austrian forest it's midwinter. It's normally

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cold, dark and quiet. But tucked away behind these trees are some of

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the bravest and fastest athletes that you ever see.

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Welcome to the Olympia ice Canal high above Innsbruck for the

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Bobsleigh Skeleton World Championships. This area has held

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this event many times before but bobsleigh medals in particular have

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been in short supply for Great Britain. But in skeleton we have a

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proud history to look back on. COMMENTATOR: Alex Coomber for Great

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Britain. What a marvellous moment for Shelley Rudman and in her first

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competition. Amy Williams going for gold for Great Britain. It was a

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beautiful run by Lizzy Yarnold, she is down, and in control. She's in

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first place and getting faster. Keep it together, Shelley! Hold it

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together. Over 120 kilometres per hour. Amy Williams really is going

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for gold here. 0.94 seconds, still in the lead by a comfortable margin.

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Le Monde, Lizzie, keep it together. Alex Coomber gets a bronze medal.

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Wow! That was superb. You couldn't have asked for anything more.

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Shelley Rudman is now the Olympic silver-medallist. Last term, surely

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it is gold for Great Britain. Yes! Amy Williams is the queen of speed.

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Lizzy Yarnold is the Olympic champion. Oh my goodness!

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The biggest are of British skeleton in the last two years since Sochi

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has of course been Lizzy Yarnold and we've all been looking forward to

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watching her slide at the World Championships, but here you are on

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the sidelines, why is this? I fancy supporting the other athletes in the

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warm and I really needed a break. After the Olympics I did the year

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following that and I was world champion. And two more years before

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the next Olympics in Pyongyang, it was tough getting my head around it

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and I needed a mental break. It is not a physical one, you're not

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injured or ill, or recovering from anything? No but I think the

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four-year cycles are quite short, it's not a huge amount of time to

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test equipment, test training programmes, and have a break as

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well, so I almost had to force that upon myself and have this

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competition year off. We are going to have you in the

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commentary box for this Championships. What else are you

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filling your time with in the Euro way? It has been fantastic, normal

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life is fantastic, I'm part of a book club with friends and doing an

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open University course is trying to obscure myself as well as being an

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athlete. It is very healthy to have a balance in life. Very good. In

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Lizzie's absence the British torch is being carried in the winning's

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skeleton by Laura Davies. Congratulations on being selected

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for the World Championship squad, what are your hopes for when you

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arrive? I want to come away with a medal, it is fairly simple, every

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time I take part in a race I want to win a medal and to be on the podium

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would be a brilliant way to cap what has been a good season. You have

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already won a bronze medal recently. What was it like when you broke into

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the top three? It does your confidence lots of good because it

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is the mission of the things you have worked on for such a long time

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and to win a gold medal in the first half and a bronze in the second half

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is building nice momentum. And reminding people of my presence, and

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hopefully that means other people see me as a bit of a threat as well.

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I'd like people to be concentrating more on what I'm doing rather than

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what they are doing. You are currently fourth in the world, is

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that a frustrating place to be? It is and it isn't. Obviously it's

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really close to third and I'd love to come away with a crystal globe at

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the end of the year but I was third last year and if I stay in fourth

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I'm building in the right direction and I can at least get on the

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overall podium next year. Falling off the back of Amy and Lizzie, do

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you feel more pressure as a woman in the world of skeleton? There is a

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level of expectation being a woman in British skeleton because we have

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a great legacy. More than anything it brings confidence because they

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have come through the same process that I've come through, the same

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programme with the same support staff and the same way of doing

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things. So I know that I'm in a system that is capable of producing

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medals. It is a really nice place to be actually.

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We wish Laura the best for her upcoming competition. The first

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thing to talk about is the weather now, this can change so quickly.

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What happens if it buckets down like this during a run? It is tough if

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you are racing and it is snowing because it slows you down. Being a

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winter sport you expect good snow one minute and be clear the next,

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you just don't know. Your most recent chapter of success of women's

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skeleton in written, but it's going back 15-20 years now. -- in Britain.

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What are the core ingredients? British skeleton is great at picking

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out athletes, we pick great athletes, bring them in and they

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have excellent coaching and excellent equipment. We have been

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really lucky at bringing athletes through really quickly. I think the

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men we want them to pull it out of the bag. Who should Laura be looking

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out for of the foreign competitors? There is a strong German athlete

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Tina Hermann, who has won four races in the World Cup this season. And

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Janine Flock, the local girl. She has been preparing for this World

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Championships for the last ten years of her life. It is her home track?

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It is her home track. We are going to run for cover and Lizzie is going

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to the commentary box but a few hours ago she walked the track to

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pick out the critical moments that could affect the result. It is a

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thing of beauty, created for the 1976 Winter of the big games commit

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was the first combined bobsleigh, skeleton and Lewis Delhi luge track

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in the world, dropping 124 metres in less than a minute. I my first race

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when here and I love it. At just 1200 metres it's one of the shortest

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tracks in the world which means the push is vital. Get that right and

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you will carry loads of pace far down the track. The first six

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corners are essentially flat. So you need to let the sled run to maintain

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speed. If you do too much you will oversteer and lose time entering the

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more demanding corners down the track. This is the longest, largest

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and most spectacular corner on the track. It's the start of the

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technical section designed to slow down bobsleigh is an skeleton sled

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is. You have to nail all 270 degrees without error to have a chance of

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victory. Soon you will reach corner nine, a two oscillation turned

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meaning you go up and down twice. The second feeling of pressure often

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catches sliders out. If you get that steer wrong you could be in big

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trouble, because after this it gets fast. Very fast. Ukipper last five

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turns at 120 kilometres per hour. They call the final section and the

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labyrinth because is where athletes can get lost. But if you find your

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way out the prize could be victory. World Cup leader Tina Hermann set

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the pace on the first run. She was the only woman to break the 54

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seconds barrier with her time of 53.96. Hometown girl Janine Flock

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has been waiting for this moment for two years. Her face has been on all

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of the posters for this World Championships. She finished her

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first run just 0.15 seconds behind the German. America's Anne O'Shea

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and Germany's Jacqueline Loelling rounded out the quickest of the

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chasing pack. Laura Deas produced a trademark powerful start but she

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could not hold onto the initial speed, finishing down eighth place.

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Team-mate Donna Crichton was 17th. The sliders ran in reverse order for

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the second run and it was all change at the start. Germany's Sophia

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Griebel moved up from 12 to third position after a near flawless

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second run and Russia's Olympic bronze-medallist Elena Nikitina and

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Switzerland's manager Tony finally had the drives for the festering

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starts. Elena Nikitina moving up to fifth from 10th and Jill Dhoni

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moving up from 14th to sixth place. Tina Hermann get the lead,

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increasing by just 100th of a second from Janine Flock. Laura Deas lost

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time on the final section of the track and slipped down three places

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to 11. Donna Crichton stayed in 17th. Joining Lizzie in the

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commentary box to talk through the last two runs is Martin Heymann.

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Tina Hermann, the leader overnight, first on the ice and. Martin Heymann

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and world champion Lizzy Yarnold watching the action. About the same

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as yesterday. With a night's rest she has reviewed her notes from

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yesterday and will be wondering how she can improve her sliding from the

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day before. This is the top flat section of the track, leading with

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her head side to side. You cannot see her toes moving, which is great,

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and this is the big corner, so see how she is. Looking for the exit.

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Pretty much in the middle of the track, which is ideal. And now this

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is the fast section of the track, you don't want any errors at all.

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120 kilometres per hour. She was sideways a little bit there and that

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will slow her down. Taking off a bit of speed, across the line with a

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54.04, the fastest yesterday was 53.96, three tenths of a second off

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the track record. Set last Sunday in the team race by her.

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Janine Flock, overnight, just 16 hours away from her lifetime goal.

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That is her coach, who is a local hero in Austria. The Austrians find

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the speed on this track that no one else can.

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A huge amount of support for Jenin. She is desperately going to try and

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get a fast approach time because that's what she can have over the

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race leader Tina Hermann. 5.50, a couple of hundreds slower than Tina

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Hermann. It was so evenly matched in their starts. She's got to find it

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in her starts. We saw the replay from yesterday. She was very skiddy

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in both heats and she could find some pace now. You can see how Jenin

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is has her feet almost stuck together like glue, head moves but

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her body doesn't, that is how comfortable she is -- Jenin. That

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looked quite good. On the fast section of the track you don't want

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any skidding. She was 18 hundredths of a second behind. One point 19.6.

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The German has opened up the margin from 16 to 27 hundredths of a

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second. That is a shame for Janine Flock, I'm sure she did not expect

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the lead to increase also she will be wondering how to get that down.

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Three tenths on a short track like Igls could be a challenge. Maybe

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that opens up an opportunity for our overnight bronze sitter, Sophia

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Griebel she put in a stunning second run. The 17th fastest start, the

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eighth fastest start in the second heat. It was a great conversation of

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a good drive and the ice at its best. Absolutely. The ice has

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recently been sprayed before the race and it will have water over the

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top which will make it slicker and faster. Sofia being team-mates with

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race leader Tina Hermann they will have shared notes and worked out how

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to make their run even faster will stop she looks totally relaxed at

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the moment. We will want to see how high she is. Looks like a perfect

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line. Very close to the wall, lucky not to hit it. This is a crucial

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section, the long straightaway. Her runners were pretty straight the

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whole way down, that is fast. Speed at the bottom 119.1. Tina Hermann

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119.8, losing a fraction. She was 15 hundredths down as she lay down. She

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has lost quite a lot of speed. Sometimes when they look good you

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wonder why was that slow? Possibly because they are over steering and

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doing too much to get the perfect line. Elena Nikitina in fifth

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overnight, two hundredths out of the medals, massive opportunities for

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all of these athletes. Elena Nikitina is the fastest starter in

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the field. Elena Nikitina's push record from the weekend in the team

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race was 5.11, 5.16 is two hundredths of a second faster than

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yesterday so she is on form and here to win today. Watching Elena

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Nikitina's head, her pink helmet moves from side to side while

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directing the sled. She started 21 hundredths of a second faster than

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Anne O'Shea so she has already hundredths of a second faster than

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overhauled that. It is down to seven hundredths of a second. This is the

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crucial technical part of the track. Eight and nine. How she comes out of

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Cornet nine is crucial down the straightaway. Those runners went

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into a bit of a skid so that will lose a bit of time. She looks in

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control and looks comfortable. Speed at the bottom 118. She was in second

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place on the splits ahead of Janine Flock but comes in in third place

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ahead of Anne O'Shea. That is a really big move up for Elena

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Nikitina. Elena Nikitina just 23 years old, the Moscow slider, start

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record holder on this sort she track from the Olympic Games and took

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bronze medal. Ten of our 26 sleds down, next up one of the fastest

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starters and lots of support for Great Britain's Laura Diaz here. Her

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team-mate Lizzy Yarnold alongside me in the booth watching the action.

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The perfect distance for the push. Her eyes are immediately looking

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into the first corner. She will want this so badly. She wants to move

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from 10th position well into the top ten. Every race has been consistent

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and progressing. This is a very flatter section. What Laura is

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avoiding is using her toes too much to oversteer. A really nice entrance

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into that corner. You want it in the middle of the track. Quite close to

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the wall, there? A lot of people fringing the wall. If you don't

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touch it, that's OK. OK for us! She is up to ninth on the split times.

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You have to hold onto the bottom of the track, don't let anything go

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away. She overhauls... No, she doesn't, she comes in tide, with

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Lelde Priedulena, in 10th position. Whatever they have decided to work

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on, she must have done correctly. Donna Creighton, from Great Britain.

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Perfect technique from the British athlete. The eyes set on corner one.

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A big thank you to Paul and Wendy for letting Donna stay with you when

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she is in Bath training. Hello to Nigel and Olivia as well. Elaine and

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Barry, you have always supported her over the years. Thank you so much

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from Donna. And her coach, this is why she is such a good push athlete,

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thanks for all of your work. She also said, Andy, would you mind

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calling her back? This is the bottom section of the track. Her shoulders

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are down on the sled. Nice line in 11. This looks quite fast down the

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bottom. At this stage, the field is going away a little bit. That's not

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bad. 55.10. She had a 55.11 yesterday, that was when the speed

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was already gone from the track. The fastest was 54.90 six.

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Tina Hermann extends her lead over the hometown Queen, Janine Flock.

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Elena Nikitina slips into third. Anne O'Shea and marina could still

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tackle her. A dead heat for 11. After the first two runs, Laura

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tweeted that it was not really the Runge was looking for. Run three,

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more of the same? Positive outcome? Every year you have to improve. It

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is about consistency. I don't think she's got the result she wants, she

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will go all-out for four. What about the top? Where will the middle end

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up? Janine Flock is still in second, Tina Hermann is likely to win.

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Lizzie will run back to the commentary box for the last run, run

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four. Getting everything exactly where you

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need it, that is what Tina Hermann has done this season. Four wins, two

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silver medals. Janine Flock, no Austrian woman has ever won a

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skeleton World Championship medal. Unless there is a cataclysm going on

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later, she will, the least, do that. There is the start list. When we get

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down to the serious business, Annie O'Shea,, tracing it spot on the

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podium. -- chasing a spot on the podium.

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Donna Creighton, 17th in the women's skeleton World Championships.

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Preparing herself for a strong and fast posh. She is a great push

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athlete. She knows how to compete. She won on the world circuit last

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year. Everything going into this posh. Her eyes set on corner one.

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Five hundredths of a second quicker than her first start, equalling her

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quickness of the competition. You can see her blue crash helmet,

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leaning from one side to the other, looking with her eyes, to the left

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and right, and the sled will follow. That is how fine the steering is.

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The current leader was two tents behind Donna after the first heat.

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19 hundredths advantage for Donna Creighton. Into the technical

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section. The important thing is not to panic and get back online. Coming

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down to single digits. Five hundredths in front. Donna has a

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spot at the line. By 100th of a second! That is how tight skeleton

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racing is. It comes down to 100th of a second after four minutes of

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sliding. She will be disappointed to lose the slot. That is ridiculously

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tight. Tied for 11th after the third of four heats here in Innsbruck,

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Austria. The top British slider, Laura Diaz, former Equestrian

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athlete. Has never been into a gym before she was recruited. She

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trained so hard for this, the eyes are looking directly into corner

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one. Her fastest start of the day. Her walk on music is Elena Nikitina

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the grid. I thought it might be the theme from The Horse Of The Year

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Competition. Just trying to keep the line. Laura, the winner of the first

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race of the year. Good technique, keeping the head low. Excellent,

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this is the labyrinth. This is where you can win, the positions gets you

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up the ranks. Still 17 hundredths ahead. At the line, three hundredths

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is the gap. That is the support team, she could not do it without

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them. Mum, dad, her boyfriend, Rich. The top three, after three of the

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four heats. A Russian, Austrian and German. Elena Nikitina, the fastest

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starter in women's skeleton this season. Three fastest starts.

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Comfortable quicker than anybody else. The Olympic bronze medallist,

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shooting for the medals. She is on the offensive, desperately trying to

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claw back after her first run, slower than it should have been.

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Another huge start. It is all about getting that push speed as far down

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the track as possible. Her pink crash helmet, you can see she leans

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one way and another, that is the way of steering. She also uses her toes.

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17 hundredths in front from the first heat, now doubled that. A bit

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of a skid on the exit of seven. She had a great first trip today to add

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to her overnight fourth place. Moved into the medals. Can she challenge

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for the silver? I can't believe how tense this is. A massive lead, three

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tenths of a second. She is in the medals again. She will take at least

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a bronze medal. She will be so happy with that bronze in Sochi, and then

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one here. Next, let's hope for something huge from Janine Flock.

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The Austrian, second place in each of our three runs.

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An excellent push start, her whole life for the past ten years has been

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about this World Championships. She knows the track so well. She knows

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where to find speed. It might be one of the biggest runs of her career.

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She took bronze last week with the Austrians in the team competition.

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Trying to shoot for gold or at least stay in front of Elena Nikitina. She

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needs everything now. She has been around this about 200 times in the

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last year. Let's check this exit. Perfect. This is the most technical

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section of the track. The exit of nine is crucial. 14 hundredths back.

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The gap is shrinking. The Austrians find speed here like nobody else

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can. Two corners to go. She will take at least a silver medal. She is

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in front of Elena Nikitina. A great run from Janine Flock. She leads,

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with one to go. Is it enough to get in there? Only one minute will tell.

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The last minute of your reign as world champion. Whoever wins this,

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it will have been a great race. So, for Tina Hermann, a chance to

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take her first World Championship title. A midfield push athlete. But

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the way she slides, on her Home Track, she lets the sled run. When

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she steers, it is precise and perfect. As in almost every run, she

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and Janine Flock have been equal at the start. But Tina has fans are

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more speed. A little wobble. Two tents could disappear in the next

:27:22.:27:28.

couple of corners. She has stopped losing time as she gets to the

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corner. Very tense, do not skid. This is the first section. A view

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corners to go. Top speed, it will be the fastest run of the competition,

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as it has been two times already. Tina Hermann is the new world

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champion, with 54.12. A shattering final run. Janine Flock takes

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silver. Elena Nikitina gets the bronze. You could not have asked for

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a better competition from Tina Hermann. Her fifth win of the year,

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but by far the most important. Tina Hermann, the world champion.

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Janine Flock, silver medallist. Elena Nikitina the bronze. Six

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different nations in the top half dozen.

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Congratulations, what were you thinking about overnight? It was

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very hard. I cannot sleep very well. But then I sleep, and it was OK. We

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have a very special place in our hearts for Lizzy Yarnold, what will

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it be like when she comes back? I think we will battle and fight

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again, against each other, and we will see. Laura, how do you assess

:28:54.:28:59.

your runs? It will probably take a bit of time to properly absorb

:29:00.:29:02.

everything that has happened. But I've got to be happy with what I

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did. I did two consistent runs. I did not have the speed, but that

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does not mean that I didn't do what I wanted to do. It's just a shame I

:29:11.:29:15.

could not jump up the order. She is in the commentary box this year,

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next year she is coming back. Is that a good thing, or quite tricky?

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It is an amazing thing, we will have such a strong team leading into the

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Olympics. All other nations will be watching us. Laura, she is top three

:29:30.:29:33.

at the moment. Lizzie coming back, we will have a really strong team.

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We are going to push each other to the very last point, going into the

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Olympics, hopefully. So, the women's skeleton medals about to be handed

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out. The moment you lost your world title? I am very proud to give my

:29:49.:29:52.

world title over to Tina Hermann, she so deserves it. She was very

:29:53.:29:58.

consistent, dominant almost? Absolutely dominant, she has been a

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whole season. It's by far the most important win of her five this year.

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She is still a young athlete, I think she will improve over the next

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few years. A word on the Austrians, they have enjoyed their silver

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medal? Yes, the home athlete, Janine Flock, she has been waiting for this

:30:17.:30:21.

competition for years. She has huge amounts of local support and I'm

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very proud of her silver medal. There must be part of you thinking

:30:25.:30:28.

you are going to race them again, were you watching and thinking, I

:30:29.:30:32.

could beat that bit, I could do that bit better? I was so into watching

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them that I didn't think about me. Lior! I hope I can still beat them

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next year. The champion chips gone for two weekends, so there were

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events last weekend. That's Championships.

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In the women's bobsleigh Germany upgraded silver to gold and finished

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three tenths of a second dead of Canadian Olympic champion Kaillie

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Humphries. Laurence Gibson of the USA took bronze. Great Britain

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finished a promising 12. The men's two-man competition was won by

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another German pairing, Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis

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finishing ahead of compatriots Yannis Lochner and Joshua Bluhm,

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with Alex Bauman taking bronze for Switzerland. But the biggest story

:31:29.:31:34.

from the British perspective was the performance of Bruce Tasker and Joel

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Fearon who finished an incredible fourth-place, the best performance

:31:39.:31:44.

by a British duo in 50 years. It's not one of the hardest tracks in the

:31:45.:31:48.

world, but the difficulty is that everyone has been here and knows the

:31:49.:31:52.

track inside and out. Have spent lots of time here. You are competing

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against drivers who have been here for many years. It's not hard to get

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down but it is hard to be fast. What kind of challenge is it for

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you, Joel, the difference between a two man and a four-man? I spent lots

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of my career doing the four-man, so it was a bit different. Pushing with

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someone like Bruce makes it a lot easier. I really enjoyed it, me and

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Bruce have been a -- through a lot and it was nice to have a good

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reunion and have a good result. An amazing result in the men's

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two-man bobsleigh. Put that into perspective. How important was that?

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Bruce is part of the accelerated driver programme, he's one of the

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three athletes on that, only two years into the eight year programme,

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so it is a huge achievement to get fourth-place in the two-man

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bobsleigh. They were 10th in the first run and absolutely smashed it

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the last three runs. In the two-man particularly you've got to go back

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to black-and-white pictures to find a British two-man bobsleigh team do

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anything like that performance. Historically we have not been so is

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stressful in the two-man bobsleigh in the men's and there is huge

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talent in the depth of their programme. Is there something about

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bobsleigh and skeleton coming together because that has been an

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amalgamation in the last year, what difference does it make? The BBS say

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is now one federation and we encourage each other and

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professionalism is there in the skeleton and bobsleigh and we are

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there to support each other as one team. Let's turn our attention to

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the men's skeleton, we have two Brits. On it Parsons will be going

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for a very good top ten performers, only two years 2p on Chang and he

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was to be fighting. Swift had his first international, edition Igls

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and he loves the track and he will aim for the top 20. What difference

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does the layer of finishing, what kind of funding is in place for the

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finishing positions? Yemenite British ports have a simple funding

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structure, top eight, top 12 and top three. We could not do it without

:33:56.:33:59.

the lottery funding. Hi you finished the better funding you get?

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Absolutely. -- the higher you finish. Let's see how the first two

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runs panned out. In the World Championships the competitors get to

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choose their start position for the first run on the basis of their

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World Cup standings. Reigning world champions Martins Dukurs has only

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lost one race this season so as leader he chose to slide second and

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completed an almost flawless run that broke the track record, posting

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a time of 52.14 seconds. But next was the rising Korean star Symbian

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UN, now coached by Richard Brumley, brother of former GB slider

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Christian. The first man from Asia to win a World Cup event just over

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three tenths slower than Martins Dukurs. If ever there was an athlete

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perfectly suited to this pusher's track it was the Russian rocket Alex

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and a tragic of, 4.57 start time should have seen the Olympic

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champion challenging but a scruffy run saw him clipped the exit of

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Kreisel and meant he finished eight 100th of a second a head of Yun.

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Dominic Parsons finished in eighth place and an early error from David

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Swift after the fourth fastest start and he ended his first run a

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disappointing 23rd. The top 20 sliders took to the track in reverse

:35:24.:35:28.

order for the second run. Dominic Parsons slips down to 10th place

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whilst the ever improving something you is improving with every run on

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this track. This time the second quickest on the second outing. The

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lead was down to just two 100th of a second. David Swift obviously

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learned from his first run, moving up five places to 18th at the end of

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the first day, case of what could have been for him. For the third run

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they go fastest to slowest mean that Martins Dukurs is first on the ice.

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Time to join your commentators John Morgan and Martin Heymann. The first

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day's heats saw Martins Dukurs in dominant form in the men's skeleton

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is more Championships and now he's got to consolidate and extend his

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lead. 4.87 in the first run, 4.86 in the second, 4.87 in the third run,

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that typifies what this guy does. How about the music coming out of

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the box? Superman! John Williams, and why not! A bit of snow falling

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but no snow has built up on the track, it has only started to snow

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likely five or ten minutes ago and track workers will sweep the track

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as much as they can between the heats. Out of the Kreisel, fringing

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on the left-hand wall, the snow is blowing up already. Nine to ten.

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Straight down the middle. He's like a video game! He is. If there was a

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tramline he's following it. He's just on another planet. The guy is

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not like anyone else. Did he make a mistake? 52.11, a new track record

:37:12.:37:19.

in the snow, are you kidding me? It is just unbelievable to watch him.

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And yet he will get up and go back and think he needs to tidy it up.

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His father gives him a look. We just saw a track record at the finish.

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Chance to see the track record. Tretiakov needs to get below the

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record. I said he did a record yesterday but he was 100th of a

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second off. The first of the two runs. He is not the young Tretiakov

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we are used to. That brings back 11 hundredths of Martins Dukurs's lead.

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That starting velocity carries him through. He's got to stay at 41.

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This is where he was sloppy yesterday. Did he touch the wall?

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Not quite! 45 hundredths, the first round lead of 53, we are getting

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back to that. He needs to break the track record to stand any hope. He's

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about equal but that's not good enough. He is on record pace, he's

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really starting to blow. 52.32. That is better than anything he did

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yesterday. That was the old track record before. By some margin. It

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has been snowing now for ten minutes. It had been snowing for a

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few minutes after Martins Dukurs went. Richard Brumley builds the

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sled and coaches this young Korean athlete. We can call him Mr Quad,

:39:13.:39:20.

his legs are enormous. Look at the snow on the track, just wafting it

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aside but it is slowing him down. Good form through the first three

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curves. A lot of the track is covered but not all of it. He was

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only two hundredths behind Alexander Tretiakov in the battle for silver

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medal. Any snow will rob him of the chance. He still has a chance to

:39:44.:39:50.

catch Tretiakov. Still only third on the split times. He had a wayward

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run in the first heat, still in third on the split times, losing

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ground to Tretiakov, only 74 hundredths behind at the bottom of

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the track and Yun comes in. Seven hundredths away. Still faster than

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anything he did yesterday, right? Now they are starting to sweep and

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there is a delay. We are in trouble. The job is to make this an equal

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race and this is not how it was for Martins Dukurs. They are never going

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to chase down Martins Dukurs. They have to have a fair chance. If they

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are going faster than they went yesterday it is fair. The ice is

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faster but the snow makes it unfair. It is OK to disagree but I think

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right now it doesn't make that much of an effect. The guys trying to get

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into the top 20 when it has been snowing for an hour. That is half an

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hour from now. That is the judgment now, let's let it sit. The first

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three slides. 1.10. That tap will not help. Three tenths away from the

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medals and he is already 35 hundredths away from the medals

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halfway down the track. You can see the snow flurries blowing out

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underneath the sled on every corner. It is light snow, it is not setting.

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It is wet. Three tenths of a second slower than Sungbin Yun on that run

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alone. Still faster than he went yesterday.

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Dominic Parsons of Great Britain. Top ten after the first heat. One

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hundredths of a second behind. He has an opportunity to move up. He

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has Matt three hundredths behind him. Talking to him before the

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event, I said you have a chance to move up a couple of spots today.

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Yes, especially if I make the start I used to have, used to be a good

:42:20.:42:24.

starter but he had the ankle surgery and he is not what he used to be in

:42:25.:42:29.

the first 15 metres. Two years ago we saw him in the first World Cup in

:42:30.:42:33.

Calgary medal in the World Cup and we thought Great Britain had a good

:42:34.:42:37.

slider. But he hasn't matched it. The injury to the ankle has a lot to

:42:38.:42:42.

do with the way you sprint. After the first two heats he has pulled in

:42:43.:42:46.

front of the German and he has to hold the slide and not lose the

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ground again. Moving up into ninth place. One spot at a time. This is a

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good run down at the bottom, snow flying everywhere. But at the line.

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53.07 moving him ahead. Only five hundredths faster than his first run

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yesterday. Dave Swift of Great Britain, the fourth fastest starter

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in both heats, 4.91 and 4.90. I expect him to go a little bit

:43:19.:43:24.

quicker. David Smith, the development coach, ICC coach for

:43:25.:43:27.

Great Britain. If he could get in the 80s ear the way he runs. The

:43:28.:43:33.

youth coach in Lillehammer has just seen a British girl, 15 years old,

:43:34.:43:39.

take the youth Olympic gold in women's skeleton, 4.90 is the start

:43:40.:43:47.

for Dave Swift. 4.9 one, zero, he has the start down. He has that

:43:48.:43:55.

down. He's got to find more consistency down the track. --

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talking about who will make it into the final run, he needs a good run

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to book his place. This looks pretty good. Come on, Swifty, nice and

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straight out of nine, tiny little skid, setting him up nicely for No

:44:15.:44:22.

10. Hold it together. Don't overreact in the labyrinth. He's

:44:23.:44:26.

going to move up a couple of places. He was up to 16th, 17th on the split

:44:27.:44:31.

time, moving ahead of Alexander Auer and he is two hundredths behind

:44:32.:44:36.

Florian Mayer. Alexander Lucas like he could be on the bubble for the

:44:37.:44:43.

top 20. Yesterday is Swifty's run 53.7 four, today, 53.03. The 10th

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best time of the run. If his day yesterday was like that run he'd be

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in the top half dozen. Is his start suggests he could be. Martins Dukurs

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leads by zero point 75 seconds. The battle is on for the medal

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positions. So, run the three of the men's

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skeleton has come to an end. Is the competition forming as you thought

:45:16.:45:19.

it would? It pretty much is. Martins Dukurs is way ahead going into the

:45:20.:45:23.

forefront leading the World Cup, so he's the master of skeleton at the

:45:24.:45:28.

moment. In second place it is Tretiakov, the current and the

:45:29.:45:31.

champion. Really close behind Tretiakov is the new and

:45:32.:45:34.

up-and-coming Korean athlete Sungbin Yun, only been on the World Cup

:45:35.:45:39.

circuit for two years so second and third place are still to play full.

:45:40.:45:43.

Career putting a big push behind sliding sports, big-time for the P

:45:44.:45:49.

Chan Olympics. There are two strong male sliders competed but Sungbin

:45:50.:45:53.

Yun seems to be learning every single week. He is a phenomenal

:45:54.:45:57.

slider. I don't think anyone can hold him back. What about the Brits?

:45:58.:46:02.

How did they get on? Dominik would be pleased if he was further into

:46:03.:46:05.

the top ten. Swifty should be very happy with his third run he had a

:46:06.:46:10.

fantastic start. I hope both of them really go for it and enjoy the final

:46:11.:46:14.

round. OK, the build-up is over, it's down to the last and final run

:46:15.:46:19.

in the men's skeleton. Over to the commentators John Morgan and Martin

:46:20.:46:20.

Haven. Martins Dukurs still practising

:46:21.:46:29.

those moves that could carry him to glory. Sungbin Yun of Korea on the

:46:30.:46:36.

fringe of winning his first World Championship medal.

:46:37.:46:42.

All four runs count, any deficit after the first three, you have to

:46:43.:46:49.

make-up to overhaul the guy that follows you down on the ice. That is

:46:50.:46:55.

as true for everybody, all the way down to Martins Dukurs. Every

:46:56.:47:02.

athlete's favourite sponsors, their mum and dad. They will help out.

:47:03.:47:06.

Without parents, none of these athletes would have ended up in this

:47:07.:47:10.

Championship. David Swift is no different.

:47:11.:47:14.

He's got the 50 metre thing, look at that. Good start again. 4.90 three.

:47:15.:47:28.

He's definitely one of the better athletes in the first 50 metres.

:47:29.:47:37.

Then it is about getting relaxed on your sled, finding a way to get

:47:38.:47:45.

down. His slides, 21st fax test, 16th fastest and then 10th fastest.

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That is a real improvement. The consistency, this sport is about

:47:52.:48:01.

consistency, great lines. He is holding on well. Day two, definitely

:48:02.:48:06.

not overthinking it. A really nice run from Swifty. 53.10. That is a

:48:07.:48:15.

great run. If he had a couple of those instead of a 74 and 33, he

:48:16.:48:20.

would be in the top half dozen. Day one, not great. Day two, must be

:48:21.:48:28.

better for Swifty. The top British slider in this

:48:29.:48:37.

competition, 10th after three out of four heats. Hoping to move up the

:48:38.:48:43.

leaderboard, like he did in his third run. He's not the starter that

:48:44.:48:47.

he used to be a couple of years ago before he had a bad ankle surgery.

:48:48.:48:53.

Tall, thin, square shoulders. A lot like Matthew Antoine, coming up

:48:54.:48:59.

soon. I said before the race, he said I wish I just had a 10th more

:49:00.:49:04.

better at the start. Found a faster start than so far in the

:49:05.:49:08.

competition. He is currently in front of the current leader, Michael

:49:09.:49:19.

Zachrau. This could be very close. He needs a big run to stay in the

:49:20.:49:25.

top ten. This is where he's got the experience to get the speed down

:49:26.:49:29.

here. Still great numbers. The fastest speed we have seen. He will

:49:30.:49:35.

have a lead and a top ten finish up the line. 52.88, best we have seen.

:49:36.:49:41.

He seals a top ten finish. Watch this track and field instinct.

:49:42.:49:54.

Look out high his arms come up from behind. This is like a track and

:49:55.:49:57.

field sprinter, polling through the air. Look at his hands, that this

:49:58.:49:59.

technique. Sungbin Yun of Korea, he cut his

:50:00.:50:12.

first-ever deliberate -- took his country's first-ever World Cup when.

:50:13.:50:21.

A little slide? 4.87. I am guessing that Asia has won a World

:50:22.:50:26.

Championship medal before. Japan, the 2003 World Championships. But

:50:27.:50:29.

this will be his country's first ever if he gets to the bottom. A

:50:30.:50:33.

World Championship medal. The Koreans are well positioned for

:50:34.:50:41.

2018, not just men's skeleton, men's bobsled. The track opens in two

:50:42.:50:51.

weeks. I like the Korean chances of winning that a couple of years from

:50:52.:50:55.

now. Another couple of years on ice, and who will be right in the face of

:50:56.:51:04.

Martins Dukurs and Alexander Tettey -- Tretiakov. Takes the first medal

:51:05.:51:16.

for Korea. His coach is delighted, so should he be. Here is the Olympic

:51:17.:51:25.

champion, Alexander Tretiakov. The world champion two seasons ago as

:51:26.:51:31.

well. The Russian rocket. He holds the record at 73. 73! Ties the

:51:32.:51:37.

record. He holds a track record on almost

:51:38.:51:48.

every track he has been on. He has been very inconsistent coming down

:51:49.:51:51.

the track. Still in second place, but when you look at the title in

:51:52.:51:57.

Sochi, he was very consistent down the track. The year before that, he

:51:58.:52:01.

won the World Championship with the same kind of consistent sliding. On

:52:02.:52:07.

this little, simple track, he has been inconsistent. Too much

:52:08.:52:11.

skidding, sideways slides. They hardly look anything to the naked

:52:12.:52:15.

eye, but to the stopwatch it makes a huge difference. He could fall

:52:16.:52:21.

behind! Sungbin Yun might lead with one to go! Tied for silver at least!

:52:22.:52:31.

They are tied to the 100th of a second. If you told me before the

:52:32.:52:35.

season but the Koreans would tie the Russians for a silver medal... Now,

:52:36.:52:47.

going for his fourth world title since 2011, when he won his first,

:52:48.:52:52.

Martins Dukurs, reigning world champion.

:52:53.:52:57.

This is not a victory lap, but it is if he gets on the sled cleanly. 50

:52:58.:53:06.

seconds of ultimate focus. Third-best time in the heats,

:53:07.:53:13.

besides being the best slider, he is probably the most were athlete in

:53:14.:53:21.

the field. He has won 47 out of 56 races in the past seven or eight

:53:22.:53:25.

years. Who else have a title like that?

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Someone said earlier they have a race on shovels at the end of the

:53:32.:53:36.

season, somebody said he could be handed a shovel and probably still

:53:37.:53:41.

win. He may win by over a second, on the shortest track on the planet!

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Look at him, he is making everybody look slow. 76 mph, a track record!

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His first track record in four heats! Victory for the fourth World

:53:55.:54:03.

Championship, for the Superman, Latvia's Martins Dukurs. Finally, a

:54:04.:54:11.

week of emotion explodes. Every time he comes out, he wins by a second in

:54:12.:54:15.

a sport that is measured in hundredths of a second. From joint

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silver medallist Tretiakov and Sungbin Yun of Korea.

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David Swift, what a recovery after a horrible first day. And the Auer

:54:30.:54:41.

brothers both in the top 20 in their first World Championships.

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David, is that the best performance of your career? Not quite. I had a

:54:47.:54:52.

seventh place finish in the World Cup last year. So, I had higher

:54:53.:54:56.

expectations than that. The first run put me in a bad place and I

:54:57.:55:00.

started picking spots up, but not enough. How do you put into

:55:01.:55:04.

perspective your progress over the run? For a moment, you are standing

:55:05.:55:08.

on the leaders step for a second or two. Added feel? Good, it makes a

:55:09.:55:17.

change. 23rd after the first run. It shows what we are capable of, it is

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a case of what could have been, unfortunately. Dominic, I was

:55:23.:55:25.

looking at your body language after you stepped away from the podium,

:55:26.:55:28.

you did not look altogether enamoured with your performance, is

:55:29.:55:33.

that fair? That is how I felt after each of the runs today and

:55:34.:55:36.

yesterday. I worked really hard for this and I thought, I honestly

:55:37.:55:42.

thought, I was possibly going to be able to get a medal. But my push was

:55:43.:55:46.

not anywhere near what it should have been. What do you put that down

:55:47.:55:52.

to? At the moment, I don't know. It seems to be going the right way this

:55:53.:55:56.

season. I have ankle surgery over the summer and it was quite a long

:55:57.:56:01.

path back to being able to push out again. But it seemed to be coming

:56:02.:56:07.

together. It was not there today. In other World Championships you made

:56:08.:56:11.

that look very easy, was it easy? It look easy, but absolutely not. If

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you asked the question one week before, how big a gap that would be

:56:18.:56:20.

between first and second, I would say two tenths, maybe three. I

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thought it would be the tightest race in my career. I know the track

:56:27.:56:31.

was easy, short, every mistake counts. The Russians are really

:56:32.:56:37.

strong in the posh, they did not win two American World Cups, they

:56:38.:56:43.

trained hard. I did really hard runs, pushing, good level and also

:56:44.:56:48.

the equipment was running good. Thanks to everybody that helped me,

:56:49.:56:53.

the team, the crazy spectators, it is unbelievable. So, the end of the

:56:54.:57:01.

men's skeleton, you are quite good at skeleton but also very good at

:57:02.:57:05.

analysis. You absolutely called that? I can't believe Martins

:57:06.:57:11.

Dukurs, he smashed the race. Two athletes, Tretiakov and Sungbin Yun,

:57:12.:57:17.

they were tired after four races. Joint silver medals, no bronze. What

:57:18.:57:25.

did you make of the Brits? Mixed results, Dominick was not happy. He

:57:26.:57:33.

has a lot to improve on. But Swifty, two years ahead of them, that is the

:57:34.:57:39.

big goal. There is one other British skeleton result we need to bring you

:57:40.:57:43.

up-to-date with. That is from the youth Olympic Games. Lillehammer is

:57:44.:57:48.

playing host to the next generation of athletes and 15-year-old Ashley

:57:49.:58:01.

put -- Pittaway won. This is what she had to say afterwards. You have

:58:02.:58:06.

just won goal for Great Britain, how does it feel? Amazing, so may people

:58:07.:58:12.

came to watch, and it is just amazing. I'm blown away. You won by

:58:13.:58:18.

a mile, over a second. How does it feel? It was good, it was great. I

:58:19.:58:27.

was quite calm after the first run, because I had a big gap. It was very

:58:28.:58:32.

good, because the training didn't go very well yesterday. I was very down

:58:33.:58:42.

and so that was just amazing. Further success, Kelsey Birchall has

:58:43.:58:53.

won a bronze medal. I don't think I could have done better, especially

:58:54.:58:57.

with the weather conditions. We haven't actually sled in snow, it is

:58:58.:59:02.

the first time on the track, which was obviously challenging from the

:59:03.:59:05.

start. I have done my fastest start time today, which is really good and

:59:06.:59:11.

I am really happy about. I can't imagine there are many 15-year-olds

:59:12.:59:15.

who are sliding skeleton at the moment? Ashley being based in Munich

:59:16.:59:23.

means that the trucks are closer to her, but she slides for the British

:59:24.:59:31.

team. She was fantastic and I am not surprised she won, particularly with

:59:32.:59:38.

head coach. Two years, about too soon? I would say so, she is ten

:59:39.:59:42.

years younger than me, but she is already a threat. She has the right

:59:43.:59:47.

mindset and she's hugely skilled. Let's turn the attention to the

:59:48.:59:56.

final event four man Bob. It has been all change in the British come.

:59:57.:00:02.

The last time Britain won in this competition was 1939. The world has

:00:03.:00:07.

changed a fair bit since then. And it has been all change in the

:00:08.:00:11.

British camp of late. John Jackson, a Royal Marines commando and a

:00:12.:00:16.

familiar presence in top British bobsleigh since his World Cup debut

:00:17.:00:21.

in 2007 is out of favour. At these championships, he pilots GB 2.

:00:22.:00:26.

Being in the number two seed is something I'm not used to. The two

:00:27.:00:37.

teams we had weren't compatible. Every time I had a team that was

:00:38.:00:43.

equal I beat him. But when I couldn't it was difficult to know

:00:44.:00:47.

why I'm here, I have a young family at home and a wife who is pregnant.

:00:48.:00:52.

What am I doing this for? But the athlete inside you wants to continue

:00:53.:00:56.

because I know I can win medals. In his place is Lamin Deen, a Mancunian

:00:57.:01:00.

and Grenadier Guards man, who threw his absence with injury, has slowly

:01:01.:01:05.

and surely established his driving credentials, showing the patience of

:01:06.:01:09.

a man used to serving in silence outside Buckingham Palace. That

:01:10.:01:14.

discipline has been rewarded and his fast times mean he get the nod for

:01:15.:01:19.

pilot MGB one Changing of the Guard indeed. From last year we finished

:01:20.:01:29.

fifth in Winterberg. -- GB one. Myself on the team have learned how

:01:30.:01:33.

to deal with being in certain positions. Through the seasons we've

:01:34.:01:39.

had some close results, close to the medals, four hundredths off a metal

:01:40.:01:43.

in Lake Placid. It has taught us a big lesson, enjoy the sport and have

:01:44.:01:49.

fun and what will be will be with the result. What's it going to take

:01:50.:01:54.

in this track in these four runs you have ahead of us to make the jump

:01:55.:01:58.

from where you have been in the past up onto the podium? Consistency.

:01:59.:02:03.

Consistency on the Bush especially, as it is a very short track. Usually

:02:04.:02:11.

the fastest starting crews win or are in the middle -- consistency on

:02:12.:02:15.

the push. What is the realistic expectation for the four-man bob? We

:02:16.:02:20.

set the target of a top six finish, training has gone well and we always

:02:21.:02:23.

try and do the best we can and if we get top six I will be delighted. At

:02:24.:02:27.

the moment you have Lamin Deen driving that. What has he shown to

:02:28.:02:32.

you to deserve the number one seed? Lamin Deen has done well this year,

:02:33.:02:35.

fourth place in a couple of World Cups so he has done extremely well

:02:36.:02:39.

and Jack is in the number two sled. Both of the crews are capable of

:02:40.:02:46.

starting in the top six. We have two sleds that could push us forward.

:02:47.:02:50.

How difficult will it be to hang on the number one seat? First of all it

:02:51.:02:57.

is fantastic when I started as a brake man, a push man, there were

:02:58.:03:03.

lots of pilots and into team competition and we haven't had that

:03:04.:03:07.

for a while but now we have. It is fantastic for the team and it boosts

:03:08.:03:12.

everyone. We had good team results last week, both of those guys are in

:03:13.:03:17.

my crew this week. They are expecting a bit more of the same, as

:03:18.:03:23.

we all are. As current World Cup leader Max Hart of Germany chose to

:03:24.:03:32.

start second -- Art. But they lost time on the short track and ended

:03:33.:03:38.

the first run down in fifth place. -- Arndt. That mistake left the door

:03:39.:03:42.

open for Maximilian Arndt's team-mate Friedrich, the three-time

:03:43.:03:47.

champion in the two men can petition to lead the way after all 34 sleds

:03:48.:03:50.

had completed the track. Friedrich broke the track record by 15

:03:51.:03:56.

hundredths of a second going to run two. And a third German sled, driven

:03:57.:04:02.

by Nico Walther, silver-medallist last year, lying in third with

:04:03.:04:09.

Russia's Alexander Kasjanov in second. Lamin Deen, Bruce Tasker,

:04:10.:04:13.

Joel Fearon and Ben Simons had been terrifying the competition with

:04:14.:04:18.

their start time in training but were slightly disappointing in

:04:19.:04:21.

competition recording a time of five seconds dead. They remain in touch

:04:22.:04:26.

with the leaders, just 0.25 seconds away from Friedrich's time in sixth

:04:27.:04:31.

place. John Jackson, Bradley Hall, John Baines and Andrew Matthews

:04:32.:04:35.

completed a good run on a deteriorating track to finish in

:04:36.:04:42.

15th. You know this by now, run two sees the top 20 go in reverse order.

:04:43.:04:48.

So, John Jackson took advantage of a fresher track and moved up two

:04:49.:04:52.

places to 15th place and then it started to get interesting. Another

:04:53.:04:57.

good start but a great drive from Lamin Deen set a challenging target

:04:58.:05:01.

for the five sleds to follow. It was a time that Maximillian Art and Rico

:05:02.:05:05.

Peter could not match and it was a time that brought out the best in

:05:06.:05:13.

Kasyanov. Neither could match the second run time of Deen and stayed

:05:14.:05:16.

ahead of the British crew by the thickness of their micro suits.

:05:17.:05:20.

Lagisquet Friedrich is the overnight leader, an erratic but fast drive

:05:21.:05:24.

from the German meaning he has a 0.27 lead. But only six 100th of a

:05:25.:05:31.

second separating second to sixth. Today could be very, very

:05:32.:05:37.

interesting. Friedrich was wild in his second run

:05:38.:05:41.

but almost doubled his first heat advantage. 27 hundredths might be

:05:42.:05:46.

insurmountable, look at the gaps from second down to nine. Those

:05:47.:05:51.

eight sleds, any one of those could easily take a medal. There are 22

:05:52.:05:56.

hundredths of a second, second to ninth, less than there is to win

:05:57.:06:02.

first and second. Francesco Friedrich. Watch the start. They had

:06:03.:06:13.

issues here last night. Clean, Conservative, 5.04. Teddy Bauer was

:06:14.:06:25.

told to lose 30 lb and he did just that and now they say he might be

:06:26.:06:28.

one of the best athletes in the field. Wedding or season for him to

:06:29.:06:34.

be fully fit again and he's back doing such a great boost at the

:06:35.:06:39.

start. Looking skittish at the Kreisel. Look at the ice, in some

:06:40.:06:45.

places there is water on the ice. It is very slick, different from last

:06:46.:06:48.

night. Don't forget how loose he was last night and how fast that made

:06:49.:06:53.

him. He's throwing everything at this. I don't know if it is the

:06:54.:07:02.

track. 51.39. It's almost like coming through a water splash at the

:07:03.:07:03.

bottom. Francesco Friedrich is the leader.

:07:04.:07:20.

Nico Walther 27 hundredths behind, the first of a close group. We will

:07:21.:07:31.

see if they have a Conservative run. 5.03, 5.06 knowing that Friedrich

:07:32.:07:39.

has 5.10. 5.07 so that tells me that Francesco Friedrich and his team

:07:40.:07:42.

were conservative at the start because they have a lot of time in

:07:43.:07:47.

the bank, which this guy here, as the Russians 100th behind him and

:07:48.:07:53.

five other sleds 0.1 behind him. It gives you the option to be careful

:07:54.:07:58.

with things rather than having to push everything 101% to chase.

:07:59.:08:07.

Pulling out at the straightaway. Friedrich was skittish. That is not

:08:08.:08:11.

skittish, that is as straight as you can be. He is on the money here.

:08:12.:08:17.

Still losing a little bit of time. 30 300s back, 37 behind. -- 33

:08:18.:08:26.

hundredths of a second. That's the best he's been on either run.

:08:27.:08:34.

Alexander Kasjanov of Russia. Kasyanov definitely the best of the

:08:35.:08:41.

Russian drivers. He has a chance to take a medal, maybe even silver. --

:08:42.:08:52.

Alexander Kasjanov. Start, 5.05 in both runs yesterday. This guy had

:08:53.:09:01.

unbelievable speed at the bottom of the track. He's the hard luck

:09:02.:09:05.

athlete in the field, finishing fourth in both of the two-man

:09:06.:09:10.

competitions in Sochi but he won his first Salt Lake City a few weeks

:09:11.:09:16.

ago. He has a chance if he has the lines at the bottom of the track he

:09:17.:09:22.

had last night. 100th behind Nico Walther still bleeding time. He's

:09:23.:09:30.

one tenth behind where Nico Walther was at that spot so the gap is

:09:31.:09:35.

opening up in the top spot. Still third on the split times. Nico

:09:36.:09:42.

Walther 32 hundredths behind will stop from the hundredth to 11

:09:43.:09:55.

hundredths. He has two more teams coming up, three more teams, four

:09:56.:09:59.

more teams that could challenge for the bronze medal position. Next up

:10:00.:10:06.

Great Britain's Lamin Deen with them Symons and driver Bruce Tasker who

:10:07.:10:10.

took fourth place in the two-man competition and Joel Fearon on the

:10:11.:10:13.

back of the sled. This could be a massive step up for the British

:10:14.:10:19.

team. Great Britain has not won a four-man medal in 77 years. It is

:10:20.:10:26.

hard to believe we are talking about over three quarters of a century.

:10:27.:10:32.

They could get in the fours here. 5.01, awesome. This sled had more

:10:33.:10:37.

speed than anybody on the top part of the track and I think that is

:10:38.:10:40.

related to the sprinters Great Britain have in their eating great

:10:41.:10:46.

power onto the sled. Last bronze medal in 1904 Great Britain's

:10:47.:10:55.

four-man effort last century -- Nagano. Behind only Francesco

:10:56.:11:05.

Friedrich. He is narrowing the gap. The Grenadier Guards from Manchester

:11:06.:11:09.

hangs it out just a fraction too much and rolls it out of Corner

:11:10.:11:13.

nine, horrible run down the labyrinth, they will make it down to

:11:14.:11:19.

the finish line. But for the chance of a medal you have to push with

:11:20.:11:23.

every iota and Lamin Deen was trying to let it fly, he was in second spot

:11:24.:11:28.

on the splits. He comes down with a time of FT 3.2 to -- 50 3.2 to. This

:11:29.:11:38.

is the exit. This is nine where he made the mistake, he came down to

:11:39.:11:42.

early and then the sled goes back up. We have not seen anybody up

:11:43.:11:47.

there like that in the whole two weeks, even in the two man. Joel

:11:48.:11:54.

Fearon has his helmet off, Bruce Tasker, you can see Lamin Deen. This

:11:55.:12:04.

is the high wire walk that every team does, that fraction between

:12:05.:12:12.

success and disaster. The 32-year-old landscape gardener. A

:12:13.:12:25.

lot of Swiss fans down here and we are not too far from the centre it's

:12:26.:12:34.

track. 5.05 is awesome. -- St Moritz. Rico Peter likes to hit a

:12:35.:12:40.

lot of walls but finds a way to be fast. He likes it fast and loose,

:12:41.:12:46.

his sled. He doesn't mind if he makes a couple of skids as long as

:12:47.:12:49.

he has top speed. The track is so short that speed is hard to find. He

:12:50.:12:55.

has gone from 35 down to 33. He's eating into that. He is fourth on

:12:56.:13:02.

the time she'd. He is flying. Up to third place. -- time sheet. That is

:13:03.:13:10.

not good. That was very high. Still flying, he hits everything in sight

:13:11.:13:14.

and he's still fast. Moving into second place. On the split times.

:13:15.:13:26.

Wow! Oskars Melbardis. Until yesterday his team was the start and

:13:27.:13:32.

track record holder. They are going to go for it, this could be in the

:13:33.:13:37.

4.98 area. Look at the size of the guys on the right. 4.99. He had to

:13:38.:13:49.

start late. He had to start in the first heat in 19th because he missed

:13:50.:13:55.

three races with a back injury. They fought back in the second run with

:13:56.:14:00.

the third best time. This is the movie heat in the World

:14:01.:14:04.

Championships. Look at the surface of the ice, the sheen has gone. You

:14:05.:14:09.

can see it is Matt ice in some places. Watch out if this gets into

:14:10.:14:14.

the teens. Already up to third place on the split times, challenging for

:14:15.:14:17.

the gold-medal. This track is getting faster. This is sensational,

:14:18.:14:22.

when you start the fastest first they should spread the field out. He

:14:23.:14:26.

is closing, he's ahead of Rico Peter, 18 hundredths away from the

:14:27.:14:38.

lead. 17 hundredths back. Wow! John Jackson of Great Britain, whole,

:14:39.:14:46.

Baines, who competed in the two-man competition and Matthews on the

:14:47.:14:49.

back, and his former trainer Linford Christie was here at the track

:14:50.:14:52.

yesterday to catch up with what Andy has been up to -- Hall. The Royal

:14:53.:14:57.

Marines Commander coming back from a year away from the sport through

:14:58.:15:04.

injury last season. I think he finished in fifth place at the other

:15:05.:15:07.

big games in Sochi just two years ago. 5.12 start. That is pretty much

:15:08.:15:14.

what they did last night, the 17th best time. He drove down in 13th

:15:15.:15:21.

best place. Any time you improve your start time you are doing the

:15:22.:15:30.

driving well. 13 spot overnight, moving up to the top ten would

:15:31.:15:33.

require a couple of tenths of a second. 18 hundredths of a second

:15:34.:15:39.

back to the top time. Still bleeding. This is where he knows how

:15:40.:15:45.

to go fast. He's a very accomplished pilot. His team-mate Lamin Deen

:15:46.:15:54.

towards the bottom of the run came off. Canny move up to 11th? He grabs

:15:55.:16:01.

11th place. He had the worst start time of the run and the ninth best

:16:02.:16:05.

time. That's what John Jackson can do. He can drive.

:16:06.:16:13.

From a British point of view, that was absolutely horrendous to watch

:16:14.:16:23.

GB 1 turnover. We know they are OK, but what went wrong? Corner nine is

:16:24.:16:29.

particularly difficult. Lamin had too much height going into the

:16:30.:16:35.

corner. The centre of gravity is high, so it's easy to tip them over.

:16:36.:16:38.

The shame was that they were in silver medal position at the point

:16:39.:16:45.

of the track. Now they are sitting in the changing room, how can they

:16:46.:16:49.

react, as an athlete, to what might have been? Huge disappointment, but

:16:50.:16:54.

it is a huge reminder how difficult sport and bobsleigh is. It is two

:16:55.:16:58.

years until Pyeongchang and that still has to be their goal. Let's

:16:59.:17:03.

hope that disaster fuels their trading between now and the

:17:04.:17:07.

Olympics. GB 2 are still very much running. Huge drama, Lamin Deen

:17:08.:17:16.

crashed out and does not make the final run. John Jackson does, with

:17:17.:17:23.

Brad Hall and John Baines. They are joined by Andy Matthews on the back.

:17:24.:17:29.

They had some problems in the posh part. He doesn't set his feet, like

:17:30.:17:35.

most of the drivers, but he missed the posh part. At the bottom, he had

:17:36.:17:37.

some blood on his hands. He had the 10th best downtime. He

:17:38.:17:52.

needs another blinding run, like that. With the changing ice, who

:17:53.:17:59.

knows what might be coming? No more bleeding of the time allowed. Six

:18:00.:18:06.

hundredths ahead from the first heat. This is where I trust him, at

:18:07.:18:10.

the bottom part of the track. Get into a little scared. The mistake

:18:11.:18:18.

before ten might cost him. It's going to be close. -- a little

:18:19.:18:24.

scared. Just came down three miles in just six kilometres.

:18:25.:18:29.

They are separated by five hundredths of a second.

:18:30.:18:41.

Next up, Benny Meir of Austria. Third fastest on his last trip.

:18:42.:18:55.

There he is on the right, checking himself out in the TV monitors. Will

:18:56.:19:00.

they lead after this run, all will the Austrians see the top six finish

:19:01.:19:02.

or maybe more? This young 21-year-old phenom has

:19:03.:19:11.

come out of nowhere in the last two weeks. Two weeks ago he won a World

:19:12.:19:16.

Championship and silver medal. Everybody was shocked, the

:19:17.:19:23.

Austrian's first medal for 17 years, the first World Cup medal in over a

:19:24.:19:25.

decade. There was only 100th of a second in

:19:26.:19:32.

it. This kid has some talent on his Home

:19:33.:19:45.

Track. She is only 21, only been driving three years.

:19:46.:19:49.

This could be a massive moment for Austrian bobsledding. If he puts

:19:50.:19:57.

himself in the lead now, who knows what might come? 51.16, what a run!

:19:58.:20:05.

That is as quick as anybody who has been down this track today.

:20:06.:20:17.

What about 25-year-old Valter? He hasn't had all of his starts in the

:20:18.:20:28.

top ten fastest. Known in the half dozen top. They have had a suspect

:20:29.:20:33.

Star Times as well. -- start times. His team went better

:20:34.:20:42.

than they did in the third run. A disastrous two-man competition.

:20:43.:20:58.

Eight hundredths up after the first three heats. Down to five. Maier is

:20:59.:21:07.

quick at the bottom. My goodness, here we go. Down to three. The

:21:08.:21:11.

Austrians at the bottom are going to go even more mental. Walther is not

:21:12.:21:19.

going to hold the lead. It's going to be perilously close. Final

:21:20.:21:26.

corner, beats the Austrians. Just enough. There is a chance to win a

:21:27.:21:36.

medal. I tell you, Walther has been in a slump. That was a great drive

:21:37.:21:40.

on the bottom part of the track, when he was losing time all the way

:21:41.:21:42.

to the corner. Switzerland are third, Latvia

:21:43.:21:58.

second. This Swiss team has been very consistent at the start. The

:21:59.:22:07.

32-year-old driver, he unleashed his pinball Wizard technique that has

:22:08.:22:10.

won him so many fast runs this season. Will he do it again?

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The Swiss precision start. Fastest of their competition. He hits

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everything in sight and comes down as fast as anybody. He was a little

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off the pace in the last heat. Second fastest. The Swiss always do

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well on this track. Never won a World Championship medal. Usually

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drivers are up on their slides and mistakes, we pick them up with Rico

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Peter because it seems to make him quicker! The lines are not fast, but

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this is going to be at least a bronze medal for Rico Peter. He will

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put himself onto the podium with a great run. They 10th of a second

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quicker than his last trip. His coaches exuberant. There will be

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pleased with that. 17 hundredths separate the fastest two after three

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of four heats. Chasing from behind, the ninth fastest in the third heat,

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third quickest in the second, and then he blew the field away with

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this third trip. These guys are going for the gold,

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they could get 497. 28 on Wednesday, what a birthday

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present this could be. He was a rocket ship on the third run. 19th

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position, he has only done half the World Cup season. That happened in

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his first run. When he got into contention, nothing held him back.

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He won the World Cup title last year. He got injured earlier in the

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season. This would be quite a way to finish the season. Only three

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hundredths in front of Peter from the first heat. This is about gold.

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Is this a shot for gold? The fastest heat of the competition. The only

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man below 51 seconds. One to go. Last year's overall team

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and World Cup Championships winner, against a double two man champion. I

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will correct that, a triple world champion in Friedrich. Can he add

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his first-ever four man crown? 98 again. He was tied to 100th of a

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second with his team-mate. The best start of the four heats and drove

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himself into his fourth World Championship. He is the youngest

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World Championship medallist ever. Nobody at this stage has ever had

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three. 18 hundredths up after halfway

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through the fourth. He lost a bit, there. It could come

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down to a single digit margin. For hundredths of a second. Friedrich...

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37 hundredths in front. The track goes away from the German. And

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Oskars Melbardis, he has spent half the season on the bench, and he is a

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world champion in four-man bobsleigh. Peter is in the medals.

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Another double junior world champion. Oskars Melbardis, perhaps

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the greatest day of his life as he takes the four-man World

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Championship gold. How do you sum up the competition

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for GB 2? We have had four consistent runs. At a new team,

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we're still trying to work a couple of things out at the top of the

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track. From the drives down, the way that the team has performed, we

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could not ask for much more. In light of what happened to GB 1, does

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that reignite your passion for the next year and onwards? Definitely.

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It is all about finishing the race. It is just one of those things. Even

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an easy track, you can not stop respecting the track. We just hope

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it does not have funding implications. We are still in a bit

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of shock after GB 1, have the guys worked out what has gone wrong? They

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are still talking about it, I don't think it is the right time to go

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through it. We will sit down after dinner and find out what went wrong.

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We have just seen the most extraordinary end to the

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competition, what could have been for GB 1? What could have been, but

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it is what it is. We cannot change that. We will move forward, and be

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stronger. We are a silver medal position, closing the gap, but there

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are so many positives to take. This is it from us in Bad -- from us

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here. But you don't have to wait long for your next fix.

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So, can you sum up the weekend for British bobsleigh and skeleton?

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Overall, it was a disappointing Championships. But good results in

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training, athletes always progressing. Hopefully we can have

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some success at the next Championships. We are looking

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forward to seeing you out on the ice. Me to! There was disappointment

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for British bobsleigh in Sochi, and we had to put up with more in

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Austria. I tell you what, when British bobsleigh get this right,

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they are so going to deserve it.

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Matt Pinsent presents highlights of the Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships from Innsbruck, Austria.

Lizzy Yarnold claimed gold for Great Britain in the women's skeleton in 2015, but the Olympic champion is taking a sabbatical so Laura Deas leads the British bid this time around after claiming her maiden World Cup title in November.

Meanwhile Britain's four-man bobsleigh team will be hoping to build on their fifth place at the 2015 World Championships.


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