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Welcome to the beautiful Salzburg in Germany for the Bobsleigh and

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Skeleton World Championships. We were supposed to be in Sochi but

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exactly what went on in the Winter Olympics there in 2014 has sent

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reverberations throughout world sport. Just before Christmas, the

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championships were taken away from Russia and awarded to the track here

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in Konigssee and with just a year to go until the next Winter Olympics in

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South Korea there's a lot to be decided for the British team are

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both off and on the ice. People say it's like a roller-coaster. It's

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not. Such a massive challenge. You love speed. You're going faster than

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an Olympic sprinter. There is no plan B. You've got to get together

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make something happen. At first, it's horrific and terrifying. There

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was no escape. I love the people they work with. Eye and minute

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because they want to win. I am in it because I want to win. I want to be

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the best. Totally dedicated and committed. That's what it takes.

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Joining me for analysis this weekend is Amy Williams. Talking about

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changes, there's no hiding the change you have had since your

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career has ended. I am only four weeks away before first child, so we

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are keeping it locked inside. If anyone is listening, all in good

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time. Having made the right decision by moving the championships from

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Russia? I think they have. A lot of the athletes, it was playing on

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their minds and until this whole drugs issue is sorted out, however

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many months to come, it needed to be changed, and the fact it's come to

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Germany, Konigssee, it's brilliant. It's a track everybody's experienced

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at, everybody knows, it's part of the regular circuit, so for Great

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Britain, we spend a lot of time here. They know how to put on a good

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event. They've been able to do it really quickly. Germany as a

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professional at doing that so it's a good choice. You mention the British

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team. When you look at the athletes beating in skeleton and bobsleigh,

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what are our chances? All eyes will be on Lizzy Yarnold. She's had time

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off and now it's the end of the season. Everyone will be looking to

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see how well she does. We've had highs and lows in results, maybe not

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quite as good last season from the athletes, but it's always the year

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before the Olympics, people are testing out equipment. You are doing

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things you know you won't do in the Olympic season. The bobsleigh guys,

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the four-man have been playing around with different crews,

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different formations with the four guys in each bobsleigh, so I'm

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looking forward to seeing how they actually do compete and who they

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choose to go in which 1's. A lots of racing coming up for the British in

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the next couple of hours. As we've heard, Lizzy Yarnold is back. A year

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away from the ice, how will she get on in the Women's Skeleton? I didn't

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realise how much of a toll was taking. Ilott this board but I and

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minute because I want to win the. So close to 12 months ago, Britain's

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men get on the podium. -- you can be in position and drop back. We've

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come down from the mountain is down to track-side. The last few training

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runs for the skeleton is taking place. Gary Anderson, performance

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director of British bobsleigh, what has this move been like for you? It

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came as a shock that we moved to Konigssee, but I think it's the

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right decision. With all the problems with the doping issues in

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Sochi, I think the IBSF made the right decision to come to Konigssee.

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You have athletes waiting on all sorts of positions now and looking

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back on that Winter Olympics, did you have any hint at the time that

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so much was going so wrong? Not at the time, no. There was always a

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suspicion but at the time we thought it would blow over and we are

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obviously now looking for the IBSF and the IOC to do the right thing.

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You have athletes waiting on that decision so could we have a bronze

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medal for the 4-Man Bob? We are supporting their process, and we

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just want it done as quickly as possible. What hopes for Great

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Britain this weekend? Last year we came fourth in the 2-Man Bob. Bruce

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and Joel again hoping to do well for Great Britain. And in the 4-Man Bob,

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we have two strong crews. How does the ranking work? We want to work

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out what is going to be the best in training, so straight after, we have

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the Olympic test event and we will test more things they're. You have

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two quite different pilots in the 4-Man Bob. We have the seasoned

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pilot and the former Olympian, looking at moving up the rankings

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and also we have Bradley Hall who and 40 missed the start of the

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season by having an operation on his hand but he showing people what you

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can do. How important is it with a year to go before the Winter

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Olympics to put a marker down? It certainly is. We have waited for a

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while to have two good pilots. Bradley has come on the scene now

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and they will push each other right to the final line before we get

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chosen. We will start with the Women's Skeleton, an event rate

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button has a proud history of the World Championships and of course

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the Olympic Games. After a year away, Lizzy Yarnold is back and

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preparing to defend her Olympic title next February. Nick Hope has

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been catching up with her. Three years ago, I'd probably just arrived

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in Sochi. You couldn't ask for anything more from Lizzy Yarnold. I

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put down another track record on my third run so I had my sled in front

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of me and I'd put my forehead against it and look down and

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thought, I think I've almost got this. One more run the. Lizzy

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Yarnold goes for gold for Great Britain. She is down, in control of.

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She could crash now. She is going to do it! Lizzy Yarnold is the Olympic

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champion. Oh my goodness expiration Mark one I saw everyone, that

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moment, it had to be what I had achieved. It's a brilliant.

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Unbelievable. Pretty quickly I set myself the goal of trying to become

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world champion, trying to become European champion which I'd never

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done before, but, in the same breath, I was really pushing myself

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and expecting a lot of myself and it drove me to a point of physical and

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mental exhaustion. Lizzy Yarnold! She saves the best till last. Trying

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to get the best out of every training run with the process and

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determination to win, I can't even explain how exhausting it is, but I

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didn't realise how much of a toll it was taking. I mean, I love this

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sport, but I and minute because they want to win, so there is no kind of

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plan B. Lizzy Yarnold is the Olympic and world champion expiration Mark

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you decided to take a year off and it is a risk taking a break from

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training and things but you felt you needed it? I've felt at the time

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after the World Championships I needed to have a choice as to

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whether I was going to take a break or not but in the end I'd took a

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season off competing in travelling around and unpacking and packing,

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that life. Slowly but surely I came back to the gym by myself and

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writing my own sessions, sometimes easy, sometimes very hard, and

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enjoying it. I knew I wanted to get to Pyeongchang. It is the question

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of how to get that in the best possible way to retain my title. So

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nice to lift about. Even though my results this season have not been as

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good as they should have been, haven't been as good as I'd hoped

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they would comment this season has actually been very successful. I am

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talking to my coach and remembering how I can communicate with a look of

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my eyes all the movement of my hands, the things which are the

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foundation of what will mean everything when you look at the

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Olympic track in a year's time. How much was the reason for coming back

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wanting to make more history? Trying to be the first British Olympian to

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defend my title is a huge juicy goal that does get me out of bed every

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day. But that is still quite a far way off goal. I have you set myself

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smaller goals every day, going to the gym, horrible session to get

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through, so it's all about the detail every day. How important are

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these World Championships in the context of next year's Winter

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Olympics? It's inevitably going to be a really important standpoint.

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I'm going to be honest and set my expectations high, and I would love

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to get a medal. I'm going to try to win but it's a year off so as long

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as I'm learning and getting better, I'm going to be pleased with my

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performance. I think you can tell from my expression as soon as they

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crossed the finish line, you will know. So, we have heard from Lizzy

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Yarnold, a mixed season to put it mildly. Yes, she's had some highs

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and lows this season. Working things out with her sled, injuries, not

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quite the performance she wanted however we are here at the World

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Championships and she always increases the mark when it comes to

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the World Championships and performs well and thrives off that. The last

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day of training yesterday, we didn't have the Germans training but then

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she was there with the fastest two runs and looked comfortable and

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relaxed. I really think that's going to come out today. Two more British

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beside her. We have Laura and Donna. Laura came seventh in last year's

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World Championships so she is going to want to get at least within the

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top six. A good strong push and we have a lot of experience on this

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track. Donna has been one of the most experienced sliders in the

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field, a lot of years under her belt, and has wanted to put in a

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good performance in these championships. A German chat, you

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don't look far past the other Germans in the field. We have some

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strong is German girls who took the last day of training off, very

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confident Fulston I would be surprised if we didn't have two

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Germans and the Canadian in the top mix but let's hope Lizzy Yarnold can

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do well as well. World Cup leader Jacqueline Loelling is that the

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early pace on her own course. Local favourite wasn't the cricket out of

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the start gate but looked impressive all the way down. Tina Hermann came

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close but was not to be, just 61 hundredths separating them after run

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one of. Canadian Elisabeth Vathje was 14th in the World Cup but for

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weeks on, looked much more at home. Quick out of the starting blocks,

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she moved into third. Jeanine flock had struggled to get the challenge

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middle section of this course and it caused her problems again. First of

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the British was Laura Dees, who has been consistently inside the top ten

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on the World Cup circuit this season but she has struggled as conditions

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worsened. Then it was time for Lizzy Yarnold to make a comeback. Here she

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goes. Yet to claim a gold medal, but this is what we are looking at, she

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might get away before the snow really returns. She has got the

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knowledge, the experience. She looks so comfortable. The last day of

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training yesterday she put down one of the acrid to fastest runs. She

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really thrives in these World Championships. She is cool, calm and

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looking good on her sled. In great form. Let's see if she can come back

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up into form. She hasn't had the best season on and off, working her

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way back, but she is still going to want a medal here.

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This is going to be close. Tina Hermann and Jacqueline Loelling, she

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will be third. No, fourth. Well done. She will be very happy with

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that. What a good solid run. The third of the British riders was way

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off the pace and finished the first session down in 22nd.

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The second run started under cold but clear skies. Laura Dees took

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first to spot early on. After Jane Channel from Canada took the lead in

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the next run, a blizzard descended and flipped the competition on its

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head. The leaders struggled with a worsening conditions. If you are at

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the start now, you know you're going to lose positions and that's not a

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fair race. The Julie now need to decide if they will allow this

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heated to continue any longer. Lizzy Yarnold, who was in fourth place,

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found more mistakes cost her dearly, slipping to 12th. Heat one leader

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Jacqueline Loelling dealt with us know best, only slipping from first

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down to third but after protests by the German, about the worsening

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state of the track, racing for the day was cancelled. All the result

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being scrapped. A blow for Laura, but better news for Lizzy Yarnold,

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who maintains her fourth position. You never know what's going to

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happen, that's why it's such a good sport. Now my mind is reset. I'm 27

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one hundredths behind the leader, Jacqueline Loelling. So, yeah, I

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need to go back tonight and review everything. It's a really short

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track so it's important to find the speed and then be as aerodynamic to

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not lose the speed. Run two has come to an end, perhaps

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the run that never was, in the bin now. Yes, half the field did their

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run. Unpredictability. It was clear for the top runners, and then when

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the very fastest girls went, thick snow started. Get to that point,

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what are the jury going to do? They decided with a few people putting in

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protests, if the leader is over one second behind her own time, German

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on a German track, it clearly is the weather. Bitter disappointment

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because Laura was therein second. I've been in races, within one hour

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you've had snow, you've had rain, you've had son and it hasn't been

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cancelled. But maybe this is the new thing. That's it, second run

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scrapped, first one stands and you have to go in tomorrow with a fresh

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and clear mind, not let it worry them and come out fighting to move

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up spaces. COMMENTATOR: Jacqueline Loelling is the overnight leader by

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six hundredths of a second. The woman who set a new track record

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last Saturday evening, can she do it again? Let's see what her start time

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was. 5:20 one. She doesn't have the fastest start, Jacqueline. But she

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knows how to drive a sled. She knows where to get the speed from every

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single one of these corners. Coming down this slightly wonky straight,

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they just have two absolutely nailed it. Able to make it through that

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bottom half of the straight. This is the big 360. Getting out of here is

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crucial for speed to the bottom of the track, and she nailed that. We

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can hear scraping, Helmut on the ice with the pressure and GeForce is

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some of athletes come through. 51:74. Half a second away from a

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track record. Maybe it is just a little frosty still in this first

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heat. In the next heat she may have the chance to go quicker. The world

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champion, Tina Hermann claimed the title last year in Innsbruck.

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Shortest track. Despite having one of the poorest start in the field.

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Hermann is a real threat. She is tied for the lead as she lies down.

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Yeah, the start is so important in skeleton. You spend your whole

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summer becoming powerful, training, and then you have to put it onto the

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circuit, pushing the sled. But you've got to be able to drive and

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these Germans will know exactly where the speed is in each corner.

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Hermann still in the lead, Goodspeed, 68.5. Herman is behind.

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She had a great season last time. Hasn't quite managed to get the same

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results this year. She may have been testing some different things. This

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is where Loelling is so awesome because Tina has just dropped down

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behind her team-mates. Six hundredths after one heat becomes 15

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hundredths of a second deficit. Elisabeth Vathje. She is a quarter

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of a second behind the German duo, but to hundredths behind her is

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reigning Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold. Already got two gold medals

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this season. She's got an incredibly fast start, so her start will be

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faster than the Germans. This is definitely where she can move. 5/15,

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not quite as fast as her start times yesterday. If she can keep her head

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together she is really chomping on the bit to get in front of one of

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those German girls. She has had a strong season. Last year, off her

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rookie season it all went wrong, this year started with a win in

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Whistler and her season has been on a real up. She's in the red, behind

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the leader. 1900 sat the start, very Goodspeed. Quite high on the second

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oscillation but controlled it well to miss out on the hips. She got a

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bronze medal last year in the championships, so for her... Two

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years ago, I'm sorry. For her to be able to get a medal this year is

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really important. For these girls, and their personal fundings, it is a

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big deal. 52:15 is the slide. She's got from 2700th overnight from one

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run to 66 hundredths behind. That is how good the Germans are, that is

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how good local knowledge is. The right setup and then the girls know

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how to slide this track superbly as well. Lizzy Yarnold of Great

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Britain. Here is the Olympic champion after one year away. Can

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she put herself back in the medals at this year 's World Championships?

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That's another strong start from Lizzie. Fastest in the field so far.

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Yes, Lizzie always steps up to these big events, so let's see how she

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comes out of these S-bends. She's got her little fan club at the

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bottom. You can just see that perfect body position. The head is

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not moving, the toes are not moving, almost nothing happening and that

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means the steers are so right. She is definitely chasing down Elisabeth

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Vathje here. On the looks of it definitely going to move up in the

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third if not one better. She has blown by Elizabeth Thatcher. --

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Elizabeth that. Wow! Blown by Elisabeth Vathje by

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four tenths of a second and she is nine hundredths behind Tina Hermann,

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quarter of a second from winning this. In the final heat there will

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still be everything to play. Yellow that isn't awesome run by Lizzie,

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that time was 51:71, actually beating Jacqueline Loelling. Things

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can change around in skeleton. Can Laura Dees do the same?

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She is just seven hundredths behind chain after the first heat, another

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excellent getaway. Doesn't that the disappointment of yesterday get to

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her, she knows she needs a good run this morning. Laura here was very

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disappointed with how yesterday went. She's really going to want to

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move on up. She's got an awesome start. She looks good on the sled.

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Head a little bit high. Using her feet to steer. A little thing on the

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wall, 12th position. Don't forget she was 13th, behind Jane Channel

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and Kendall Westonbirt after the first heat. Helmut dragging on the

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ice. She is up to 11th place. Going to move up two spots at the moment.

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She does move up two spots and she is two tenths away. One more run in

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the women's skeleton to decide the medals, too soon to be excited for

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Lizzie? I mean she is 24 hundredths behind Jacqueline Loelling. She had

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the fastest run of the day so far. I was expecting more from Jacqueline.

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Yes she is still in first place with Tina Hermann squashed into second.

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If Lizzie puts down another really solid, fast run, she could easily

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move up into that silver position. COMMENTATOR: Laura Deas lying in

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11th position after our first three heats, 25 hundredths ahead of Jane

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Channell of Canada. Targeting Alina Nikitina of Russia, lying in tenth

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position. She has a great start time. That's the fastest she has so

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far pushed. She had a better run down. She has been improving in

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every single run she has done. If she really wants to get into that

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top ten and move on up a fume oppositions. Let's hope the nerves

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will not to her. Tenth fastest run in the third heat. Her family and

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friends down at the bottom of the track waiting to welcome her.

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Fastest speed we've seen here. Gets a decent enough exit. 43 hundredths

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up. Could this move her into a top ten finish in the World

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Championships? Helmut dragging on the ice, she's not steering hard.

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She's got Goodspeed. Second fastest across the line. Kim Meylemans of

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Belgium. She went to school here with Tina Hermann. When she grew to

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be a senior she started sliding for Belgium. And the little Belgian, as

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she calls herself, is an absolute flyer on this track. She knows all

:24:45.:24:49.

the German secret. You can see her sliding. She's had her fastest push

:24:50.:24:53.

of this competition. She almost looks like a German on the slope.

:24:54.:24:58.

You can see she knows the little secrets. Can she do it? She's got

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really decent speed, there. Will she come out well? Yeah, really good

:25:06.:25:09.

exit. Carrying it through. She has doubled their advantage. Matching

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the fastest speed, she's going to roar away from the Latvian girl,

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what a run, 52:07. That is the fifth fastest slide of the day. Only the

:25:26.:25:30.

top four in the first heat have gone below 52:07. Elizabeth actually of

:25:31.:25:38.

Canada, fifth into the final heat now, any chance she could move up

:25:39.:25:46.

into fourth place ahead of Germany's Anna Fernstaedt? She needs the run

:25:47.:25:51.

of her week next. Yeah, there you are. Good push from her, fastest so

:25:52.:25:56.

far in this competition. She didn't have the best third slide earlier

:25:57.:26:01.

today, so she really needs to move on up. Third fastest overnight. As

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we say, only sixth quickest of the first round. Long skid off this

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corner, taking speed out of the sled. She's really going to have to

:26:12.:26:17.

find her speed out of here and have the perfect exit if she wants to

:26:18.:26:22.

move up any places. Equal fastest in that section but all undone as she

:26:23.:26:27.

drills the wall on exit. Yes, not what she wanted. She'll be kicking

:26:28.:26:31.

herself because of that. She's gone into the bend and she hasn't got the

:26:32.:26:35.

speed. Unfortunately I think we will see her drop and I think Kim will

:26:36.:26:46.

stay on the first spot. Vathje second, with one to go. For sleds,

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three Germans left in the women's World Championships. Three weeks ago

:26:55.:26:59.

Germany swept the podium, Anna Fernstaedt took the bronze. She will

:27:00.:27:03.

have to fight her way past Lizzy Yarnold, Olympic champion, to get a

:27:04.:27:08.

medal to date. She must have had those first heat nerves, that just

:27:09.:27:12.

didn't allow her to have the best run. This is her first World

:27:13.:27:16.

Championships so it is understandable that you might have

:27:17.:27:20.

extra nerves. But you've got to get rid of them, forget about it, treat

:27:21.:27:26.

it like any other race. She was born and bred in Prague but grew up and

:27:27.:27:31.

went to winter school here, where she now lives, so this is her home

:27:32.:27:37.

track. She and Kim Meylemans, the currently do, who also went to

:27:38.:27:42.

school here. Beautiful exit. She had third place here a few weeks ago in

:27:43.:27:45.

the World Cup and that was her first World Cup podium. Into the lead,

:27:46.:27:50.

sneaks past at the bottom of the track. She is in the lead with three

:27:51.:27:59.

to go. Delighted with that from Anna Fernstaedt, her coach. But she has

:28:00.:28:06.

not yet got her hand on a medal. Three to go in the women's skeleton

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World Championships. Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold is lying in

:28:12.:28:16.

third spot. 24 hundredths cover the top three. The medals are all up for

:28:17.:28:23.

grabs. Here we go. I think Lizzie will give it all here. She has the

:28:24.:28:27.

best start out of these top four girls, a lot quicker than the

:28:28.:28:33.

Germans. Let's see what she can do. 20 hundredths quicker than Anna

:28:34.:28:39.

Fernstaedt who she was ahead of by 65 hundredths anyway. Lizzie's

:28:40.:28:43.

focuses all about the top step of the podium. She's got to stay calm,

:28:44.:28:50.

remain still on the sled, which is a massive strength of Lizzie. Perfect

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straight, there. So far she has always nailed this exit. Hasn't got

:28:57.:29:01.

quite as high a speed but she's got a lot of time to play with. 68

:29:02.:29:05.

hundreds in hand over Anna Fernstaedt. She will take a medal

:29:06.:29:10.

here. She is one mile per hour than the top speed at the bottom. She may

:29:11.:29:18.

not win this race but she will take a World Championship medal. 52:08,

:29:19.:29:25.

four hundredths of a second quicker. The cumulative time takes her onto

:29:26.:29:31.

the podium. Germany's Tina Hermann where's the red vest of the

:29:32.:29:39.

defending world champion. Can she overhaul her team-mate and archrival

:29:40.:29:42.

Jacqueline Loelling to take gold? Can she hold off the charging Lizzy

:29:43.:29:47.

Yarnold to hold silver? We've got 52 seconds to find out.

:29:48.:29:51.

She needs to hold it together. It is a crazy place, being up there,

:29:52.:29:59.

knowing that you are one of the last people at the top of the track and

:30:00.:30:03.

you have to hold your nerves together. It's a psychological game.

:30:04.:30:09.

Last years World Cup champion with a four wins and two Silvers. This year

:30:10.:30:15.

she has only been in the medals in the World Cup. One winner. Top

:30:16.:30:22.

speed, 10.4. She is a little bit behind, still got a slender

:30:23.:30:27.

advantage over Lizzy Yarnold, and that will help her ad eight tenths

:30:28.:30:32.

to her advantage. She will stay in front of the British yes, she had a

:30:33.:30:41.

big speed, the fastest so far. Stunning speed. She goes 40 81

:30:42.:30:50.

hundredths into the lead, 51.69. That is the fastest run down the

:30:51.:30:55.

track in this World Championships. That is her bid to retain her World

:30:56.:31:02.

Championship. Jacqueline Loelling, can she focus and held off the world

:31:03.:31:08.

champion to take her first World Championship gold medal? She needs

:31:09.:31:13.

to hold it together. She is the World Cup leader. She won gold here

:31:14.:31:18.

a few weeks ago. It is the mental game for her. Has she ever been in

:31:19.:31:22.

that position being last of knowing she is now doing the run to get that

:31:23.:31:29.

gold medal? She is exactly like one of the ex-German sliders. She

:31:30.:31:33.

doesn't have the best start, quite a bad start and yet she can drive, but

:31:34.:31:41.

she just made a tiny mistake. She needs to have a high-speed here. She

:31:42.:31:47.

does. 111, the best so far going in. Can she held it together on this

:31:48.:31:53.

bottom corner? She has been a youth Olympic gold medallist, a junior

:31:54.:31:57.

world champion, nine hundredths in front. Is nearly got the same speed

:31:58.:32:02.

and the gap opens up. Jacqueline Loelling from Germany is the 2017

:32:03.:32:10.

skeleton world champion! She held her nerve, she holds her line and

:32:11.:32:17.

she extends her lead over team-mate Tina Hermann. Took a tenth out of

:32:18.:32:24.

her in that run, to confirm that she is the golden girl of women's

:32:25.:32:30.

skeleton in Germany. Lizzy Yarnold take the bronze medal. Great

:32:31.:32:36.

Britain. It's what the whole two years has been about, coming back,

:32:37.:32:42.

and it's a major stepping stone towards Pyeongchang and I'm feeling

:32:43.:32:45.

really strange at the moment, on the verge of crying, but it means more

:32:46.:32:50.

than eye can ever explain. Your results since Christmas have been up

:32:51.:32:56.

and down, to put it like that. Yes, I've had a few head issues and back

:32:57.:33:00.

issues. Three weeks ago today I could not walk, so just to be back

:33:01.:33:05.

on the track, I'd physically would not be here without my physio, and

:33:06.:33:11.

then we have a whole team, amazing coaches and my family, everyone is

:33:12.:33:15.

giving you that but extra but this is exactly where I need to be.

:33:16.:33:21.

A fantastic result, medal performance gain from Lizzy.

:33:22.:33:27.

Unbelievable. She just loves these big World Championships. You can see

:33:28.:33:31.

her with the crowd, she is really, really enjoying it and it shows how

:33:32.:33:35.

she lies on the sled and she is relaxed, confident and has had great

:33:36.:33:41.

starts. Look at her. She comes down in third place, medal position, and

:33:42.:33:46.

well done to her. With one year before the Olympics, including

:33:47.:33:48.

Laura's performance, are you happy with what you seek from the skeleton

:33:49.:33:54.

women? I think Laura Deas will be disappointed, she has crept into the

:33:55.:33:57.

top ten, that we were expecting more from that and I'm sure she was

:33:58.:34:01.

expecting more herself, but she seems mentally in that good kind of

:34:02.:34:06.

state to go one through for the next summer, and Lizzy I think is very

:34:07.:34:11.

happy. She has got her Mojo back, confidence, and is buzzing now, and

:34:12.:34:15.

wants to go into this last World Cup in Pyeongchang and learn the track

:34:16.:34:19.

and go into a great summer training, hopefully completely injury free to

:34:20.:34:22.

come back fighting for the Olympic season. Now last weekend was the

:34:23.:34:30.

turn of both the women's and the men's 2-Man Bob. 12 months ago it

:34:31.:34:33.

was a case of so near that so far for the men's team, Joel and Bruce.

:34:34.:34:40.

Great Britain had not won a medal in this event for nearly 50 years, and

:34:41.:34:43.

that almost changed. Almost. Pay attention back home in Great

:34:44.:34:52.

Britain. The Brits are in fifth position, two hundredths away from

:34:53.:35:00.

fourth. This could be the best British outings since 1965.

:35:01.:35:07.

The biggest surprise of the competition, no doubt. Bruce Tasker.

:35:08.:35:17.

The fastest in the competition so far. What a round. 51.62! He knows

:35:18.:35:28.

that was a good one. The fourth fastest sled.

:35:29.:35:35.

So it was nearly but not quite for Bruce and jailed 12 months ago as

:35:36.:35:42.

they had to settle for a fourth place finish. Can they go one better

:35:43.:35:51.

today? -- Joel. Bradley Hall and Sam Blanchette, a former professional

:35:52.:35:52.

rugby player are in number to. Unsurprisingly, Germany were the

:35:53.:36:01.

clear favourites going into these championships. All three of their

:36:02.:36:09.

crew looking for medals. First up, Germany, and there pilot Francesco

:36:10.:36:15.

Friedrich going for his fourth world title, and seventh in the overall

:36:16.:36:19.

World Cup standings, Germany were impressive on their home track

:36:20.:36:21.

having won the World Cup here last month. But the real surprise was the

:36:22.:36:30.

Canadian pairing of Jesse and Justin, starting in 11th after their

:36:31.:36:34.

high standards. They set the second quickest time in the first session.

:36:35.:36:41.

Olympic champions Steve Holcomb is second overall this year but a

:36:42.:36:43.

disappointing start for the American duo who were off the pace. Joel and

:36:44.:36:50.

Bruce looked solid in the opening round. Nice. Getting a handle on the

:36:51.:37:00.

driving. Sam Blanchette and Bradley Hall were off the pace in the early

:37:01.:37:04.

stages in GB two, after starting way down the field. There was a big

:37:05.:37:13.

improvement in run two. A much better slide further down the

:37:14.:37:17.

course, outperforming their poor start and moving them slowly up the

:37:18.:37:23.

field. He's slower in his second run than first-run. They were looking

:37:24.:37:27.

good on the second run also moving up one place to eights overnight.

:37:28.:37:35.

Johannes Lochner lay down another consistent effort to leave Germany

:37:36.:37:42.

in a strong position. The Canadians continued to impress. All three

:37:43.:37:47.

Canadians in the top dozen in a field of 36. But another quick run

:37:48.:37:54.

left them over half a second clear of the field coming into the two.

:37:55.:38:03.

The stands were followed for the penultimate run as the local crowd

:38:04.:38:07.

gathered to see which of their home crews would win the title. Latvians,

:38:08.:38:12.

who had struggled on day one, looked like a good nights sleep and goat,

:38:13.:38:16.

an impressive third run and they moved into a potential podium

:38:17.:38:21.

position. But, at the top, it was a tight battle between the Germans.

:38:22.:38:25.

Which crew would it be and could the fast improving Canadians ruin the

:38:26.:38:26.

party? Over to our commentators. COMMENTATOR: What about the Brits?

:38:27.:38:45.

He raced the John Jackson to fourth in the World Championships, Sam. He

:38:46.:38:50.

drove himself to fourth last year in the two-man. Joel had the fastest

:38:51.:38:59.

ever 200 metres last summer, just too late to go to Rio in the 100

:39:00.:39:02.

metres squad. There's only a couple of hundreds separating Bruce Tasker

:39:03.:39:09.

and Rudy Rinaldi coming down the track here. Joel is a speed monster.

:39:10.:39:22.

Now Bruce Tasker, a rookie driver, going from the back seat to the

:39:23.:39:24.

front seat after a couple of years. Fourth place last year for Bruce

:39:25.:39:31.

Tasker. It's the best British finish in 50 years. Seven hundredths of a

:39:32.:39:38.

second, the gap has come down. It is going to be unbelievably tight. A

:39:39.:39:48.

little tap there. Who's going to go behind? Rudy Rinaldi will move up

:39:49.:39:51.

the leaderboard again. 100th of a second. After three minutes. And 19

:39:52.:40:02.

seconds. The thrill of victory and defeat of this sport, we will see a

:40:03.:40:06.

few more of these hundreds of seconds and ties in the next eight

:40:07.:40:12.

races. The top three, top four, brother, covered by eight hundredths

:40:13.:40:18.

of a second. Two fantastic athletes. Look at him jump in there. Joel

:40:19.:40:25.

Fearon. I like that technique, jumping into the sled. It worked.

:40:26.:40:33.

Going down for Steve Holcomb. Here's out driving his starter all season

:40:34.:40:40.

long. He is getting back to fitness. With Carlo Valdes behind him, he

:40:41.:40:45.

will hopefully move up a couple of spots and into the medal zone. 31st

:40:46.:40:56.

best start, 32nd best start in the second heat. 18th best start in the

:40:57.:41:00.

third heat. That is the best start they have had for Carlos Valdes, the

:41:01.:41:09.

field athlete from UCLA. He has got a quad issue and spent three weeks

:41:10.:41:15.

in the UK last year mending and then went for some specialist therapy and

:41:16.:41:21.

they say he still not 100%, that he can still use his eyes and his

:41:22.:41:25.

hands. He has the best ability of anybody. Losing ground now. Three

:41:26.:41:35.

heats, he is 17 hundredths back. He need superhuman speed from the BMW

:41:36.:41:44.

sled. It's not enough. Look at this. What a comeback. 17 down. Look at

:41:45.:41:51.

Steve Holcomb comeback like that. The start was not bad. If he had

:41:52.:41:58.

that start for weeks ago, he would be challenging for a medal. Stevie,

:41:59.:42:06.

watch what he does here. The people love him. There is a long high-5

:42:07.:42:15.

line for him. A different amount of metres here. Look, this is what he

:42:16.:42:27.

does. That is a long line, look. They have to stop the race for that.

:42:28.:42:35.

Oskars Kibermanis was sixth overnight and jumped two to go forth

:42:36.:42:38.

and how far away as he from a shock result? The answer is 16 hundredths

:42:39.:42:45.

of a second out of the medals. Is it possible? Second place in the third

:42:46.:42:52.

run? He had the best start, 479. He may be going for that again. 479,

:42:53.:43:03.

best start, both runs. But, of course, Francesco Friedrich might

:43:04.:43:05.

have something to say about that coming up. He has stepped out of the

:43:06.:43:11.

shadows here. Two bronze medals in the 2-Man Bob. Versus good. That

:43:12.:43:16.

might have sealed his place. He has got better speed than that. That was

:43:17.:43:24.

going into the curve. Only nine hundredths in hand. The Latvians

:43:25.:43:34.

have had trouble maintaining speed. Oh no. Just enough. Oskars Melbardis

:43:35.:43:47.

on the left punching the air for his team-mate. He's never won a medal

:43:48.:43:51.

before this year. A gold-medal in 4-Man Bob. 100th of a second. 33

:43:52.:44:01.

centimetres at the speed they are doing on the final clock. That is a

:44:02.:44:08.

foot. Those skids almost cost him his place, but he finished no worse

:44:09.:44:15.

than fourth. Look at that. So meticulous down there. You have to

:44:16.:44:21.

do the right to the itch. Into the medals, then, overnight, in the

:44:22.:44:25.

bronze, he solidified that position. His third heat. Joshua Bloom and the

:44:26.:44:36.

Bavarian hope, third, fourth and fifth. Listen to the crowd.

:44:37.:44:38.

CROWD CHEERS His father and his uncle Rudy, world

:44:39.:44:48.

champion inbox late for Germany still live. The tenth best start.

:44:49.:44:55.

It's been his nemesis. He has a respiratory problem and won this

:44:56.:44:58.

event two weeks ago with a much better start time and has not had a

:44:59.:45:02.

chance to train, and I've think he will be very happy with that.

:45:03.:45:08.

Going away by half a second three weeks ago. He has struggled here.

:45:09.:45:21.

His father in the crowd watching. Nine hundredths, the gap growing,

:45:22.:45:24.

this is going to be a medal for Johannesburg Lock. The Bavarian will

:45:25.:45:31.

take a medal. Watched the crowd at the finish. Like a football stadium

:45:32.:45:43.

down here. The physical trainer, there. They have the first medal.

:45:44.:45:49.

The Bavarians are in at least gold medal position. Considering what he

:45:50.:45:56.

has been through with his health issues, not training on Thursday,

:45:57.:46:00.

family, friends, he lives half a mile down the street. Look at all

:46:01.:46:05.

the Bavarian hats, blue and white checks. His mum is down there with a

:46:06.:46:10.

banner, with a red coat on. The start wasn't that good. Couple of

:46:11.:46:18.

hits may be in the bend around. Had the best speed we've seen yet.

:46:19.:46:23.

Needed it, with the tenth best start. Two to go. Canadians in the

:46:24.:46:35.

top three, Canadian and a German sled still to go. Justin Kripps has

:46:36.:46:41.

been second from the moment he sat down in the first of our four heats.

:46:42.:46:46.

Can he take the silver medal here? Really good team. Likes to get in,

:46:47.:46:55.

great technique. Third-best velocity, fifth best start, so

:46:56.:47:01.

that's positive. Now the guy because the international man of mystery

:47:02.:47:04.

comedy hasn't done anything all season, hasn't sniffed a podium. He

:47:05.:47:10.

won this event two years ago, had a bronze medal last season. The

:47:11.:47:16.

Canadians have always liked this track. 16 hundred in the bank. The

:47:17.:47:30.

gap is coming down, is it going to be enough? Seven fastest speed up

:47:31.:47:41.

the line. 49:36, his team-mates go off to congratulate. Two Canadians

:47:42.:47:44.

that will finish in the top half-dozen. What a performance from

:47:45.:47:55.

Kripps and Jesse Lumsden. Didn't have enough. Look at the slide, not

:47:56.:48:03.

a perfect entry. Silver medal for Justin Kripps and Jesse Lumsden. At

:48:04.:48:10.

least. And so we get one step closer to all-time greatness. Francesco

:48:11.:48:19.

Friedrich and Thorsten Margis. They have eight gold medals at World

:48:20.:48:26.

Championship, Junior, senior. 4:77, tying the start record, I think.

:48:27.:48:30.

Yes. Enlisted by a hundredth yesterday. Straight World

:48:31.:48:35.

Championships in the late 50s and 60s. Francesco Friedrich on target

:48:36.:48:42.

for his fourth. Unbelievable, he is blowing the field away like this.

:48:43.:48:49.

This athlete started winning his world temping chips when he was 22

:48:50.:48:53.

years old. We are looking at greatness, here. 125 kilometres an

:48:54.:49:03.

hour. It's ridiculous. 1.1 seconds going away, and Thorsten Margis...

:49:04.:49:14.

Ridiculous! Yesterday it was three hundredths. Standing up in

:49:15.:49:18.

jubilation before the sled even gets stopped. You think they like their

:49:19.:49:28.

bobsledding here? The only sub 49 second run in the competition. He

:49:29.:49:35.

saved the very best to last. Unbelievable, Francesco Friedrich

:49:36.:49:40.

and Thorsten Margis. And tears of joy from the family and friends.

:49:41.:49:46.

What the team they are together. Four straight seasons. These guys,

:49:47.:49:55.

Whistler 2019 World Championships, that's the chance to tie the record.

:49:56.:50:00.

And he won the Whistler event in December. We saw greatness today.

:50:01.:50:07.

And on a short track he wins by over one second. There's the rest of the

:50:08.:50:13.

field and then there's Francesco Friedrich. I brought my book of

:50:14.:50:16.

superlatives but we've used them all already on him. He's in a different

:50:17.:50:24.

orbit here to anybody else, and Germany go 1-3. Canada, silver

:50:25.:50:25.

medal. We are about to get showered with

:50:26.:50:33.

ice but we are going to look back on the men's, what did you make of the

:50:34.:50:37.

performance? On paper it looks like a disappointing result, last year

:50:38.:50:40.

they were forth, and this year they have come ninth, hit by the ice,

:50:41.:50:46.

there. It is different circumstances. It was a massive

:50:47.:50:51.

pushes track, which we are strong at. Joel has been suffering with his

:50:52.:50:58.

back. Here we are in Germany, the German groups are so, so strong. I

:50:59.:51:02.

think they will be happy with ninth place even though it doesn't quite

:51:03.:51:06.

look as good. We will still see them having a go in the four-man as well.

:51:07.:51:10.

In the meantime let's see how the women got on in their bobsledding.

:51:11.:51:18.

In the first run both American crews set the early standard. And the USA,

:51:19.:51:25.

finished second, closely followed by the Canadian Olympic gold medallist

:51:26.:51:29.

Kaylee Humphreys and break woman Melissa get also. It was USA one

:51:30.:51:38.

with the 2015 world champion Alana Mae as Taylor in the championship

:51:39.:51:42.

that took an early lead after making the fastest start. The defending

:51:43.:51:50.

world champion or so looked like challenging for a medal. And Great

:51:51.:52:03.

Britain's Moore an Neil made an excellent start. Not everybody made

:52:04.:52:09.

down safely. Russia to crashed out in dramatic fashion.

:52:10.:52:15.

Sliding in reverse order for the second run, American crews went

:52:16.:52:24.

head-to-head, USA 2 coming out on top. Jamie Greubel Poser enjoying

:52:25.:52:38.

the technical track. The Canadians put in another consistent effort.

:52:39.:52:43.

Began covering the top three was only five hundredths comment we now

:52:44.:52:47.

have three hundredths first to second. Some mistakes by the German

:52:48.:52:51.

home favourite saw their chance of a medal fade away. The reigning world

:52:52.:52:58.

junior champion is, it was an afternoon to forget after their

:52:59.:53:03.

impressive start. A mistake on the technical exit seeing them drop down

:53:04.:53:07.

the field. Big disappointment, only the 12th fastest time. The junior

:53:08.:53:18.

world champion knows she needs to relax and the speed is there.

:53:19.:53:24.

Another messy effort by the Brits, well off the pace after a promising

:53:25.:53:28.

start and it looked like being a straight shoot out between the three

:53:29.:53:31.

North American crews for the title, but who would come out on top? Will

:53:32.:53:40.

it be a case of what might have been for Great Britain's junior world

:53:41.:53:55.

champion, Mica McNeill? She is the reigning junior bobsled world

:53:56.:53:59.

champion but she has got to just relaxing to this final run and let

:54:00.:54:05.

the speed,. She needs to forget what has happened. Nice. Like every

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sport, it is all happening between the years. She goes straight around

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here, did she give down? This is the same problem she had in the previous

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heat. Could be in trouble here. Watch out! How did she do that? Not

:54:25.:54:30.

quite as dramatic as the first run today. How that sled stayed up...

:54:31.:54:36.

She's going to lose a couple of spots here. Mica McNeill will have

:54:37.:54:46.

to go away and rebuild from this. The junior world champion, what a

:54:47.:54:48.

horror story the last two days have been. Are a few more people coming

:54:49.:54:55.

down have had the same issue. Watch her dip down, come way down, and go

:54:56.:55:00.

way back up. She did the same thing the previous heat and then the

:55:01.:55:03.

corner dictates where you come off. It's early and goes to the other

:55:04.:55:08.

side, comes back to this site, now she is too late. Now she's at the

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mercy of what the track to do with her. This isn't as bad as it was in

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the first run. I'm sure it felt as bad in the back-seat, I'm sure she

:55:22.:55:28.

feared they were going over again. A weekend to forget I am afraid.

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Four slips to go in the women's bobsled world champions. The last

:55:33.:55:41.

shot Germany has at a medal rests with our defending champion Annika

:55:42.:55:56.

Drazek and her new driver Mariama Jamanka. The 11th placed second run

:55:57.:56:01.

took her out of medal contention perhaps. They would need the perfect

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start time and drive to have any chance. As it, the world champion

:56:10.:56:19.

brakeman, she is some female specimen on the back of the sled.

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She can run. Now they need the driver to have a perfect drive down

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here. 16 hundredths. Now watched the speed. Speed is not that good. The

:56:34.:56:44.

fastest sled there was 70.3 mph. Still has the lead by 13 hundredths,

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Mariama Jamanka. Maybe not enough for a medal but she will hold her

:56:50.:56:54.

position. Think she will have enough. She should just have it at

:56:55.:57:00.

the line, and she does. 100 quicker than Christina hangs that.

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There's no victory laps coming up either on this track. Three sled is

:57:05.:57:15.

coming up. Second year in the top flight for Annika Drazek, she will

:57:16.:57:18.

only continue to improve, especially with this team and break woman

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behind her. Here out of the games, these girls have got to be medal

:57:27.:57:33.

contenders. Sneaking down the left of our screen, gets away with it.

:57:34.:57:38.

The back end gets away coming in here a little bit. Now things get

:57:39.:57:48.

tight. Two horse race for the gold, surely. Jamie Greubel Poser remains

:57:49.:57:59.

in third place. Parents flew in unexpectedly. Her husband is a

:58:00.:58:05.

member of the German bobsled team. He said he was so nervous last night

:58:06.:58:10.

he could not sleep. More nervous than when he is competing himself.

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He is right behind us in the grandstands watching his wife

:58:16.:58:18.

hopefully do what she did in the Olympic Games three years ago and

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take a bronze medal with Aja Evans. That's pretty good speed. Excellent.

:58:25.:58:38.

One more albatross at the exit. Took a lot of ice, there. Three tenths

:58:39.:58:50.

up, heading for the medals. Aja Evans, Olympic bronze medallist with

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Aja Evans, will also be a medallist in the World Championships. I think

:58:54.:59:03.

that extinguished the slight hope of Jamanka. She took too much of this

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cross right to left. Nice transition all the way in. There's your top

:59:08.:59:14.

three, two to go. Three hundredths of a second covered the top two sled

:59:15.:59:19.

in the women's World Championships after three of four runs. Kaylee

:59:20.:59:27.

Humphreys reeling in Meyers Taylor as she did in Saatchi.

:59:28.:59:39.

They are the 2015, and 2013 world champion. She was second in the

:59:40.:59:45.

first run, second in the second run, second in the third round and she is

:59:46.:59:50.

in position now to throw a great run down.

:59:51.:59:55.

This is only about World Championship gold for Kelly

:59:56.:00:02.

Humphries. Good speed. We've not seen this kind of speed since the

:00:03.:00:08.

Japanese sled. 20 to 100th the gap is coming down. Don't forget, she's

:00:09.:00:18.

in the same BMW sled as Alana Miles Taylor. She guarantees herself at

:00:19.:00:24.

least a silver medal. This is such deja vu from the Olympic Games. Does

:00:25.:00:31.

she cross over here? I mean, this is the most experienced and successful

:00:32.:00:40.

pilot in the sport. They lead with one sled to go. Guaranteed at least

:00:41.:00:44.

a silver. Can they take a World Championship gold? The woman who is

:00:45.:00:51.

finally on the track has just won the last four World Cup races,

:00:52.:00:55.

including here three weeks ago, and also won the last two races on this

:00:56.:01:01.

track. Last year and this year. Her husband Nick Taylor waiting at the

:01:02.:01:06.

bottom of the track for her. Alana Miles Taylor, the shortest woman in

:01:07.:01:10.

the competition. Terry Jones behind her. A new record. She knows it's

:01:11.:01:19.

important. What a pocket rocket. Let's stop looking for tall women

:01:20.:01:28.

and go for women around the five foot Mark. The speed into the run.

:01:29.:01:34.

She doesn't have the speed. 70 miles an hour. Don't forget, they were

:01:35.:01:41.

three hundredths apart after three runs and the gap is down to 12

:01:42.:01:45.

hundredths. They need to get it down a bit more. It's going to be close.

:01:46.:01:53.

A hundredth of a second. But in the World Championship. She matches

:01:54.:01:59.

Kelly Humphries to the one hundredths of a second on that run

:02:00.:02:05.

and wins by three hundredths. Her husband and team-mates congratulate

:02:06.:02:10.

her. A new record and a second World Championship victory for Alana Miles

:02:11.:02:17.

Taylor. This time, her break woman, Kerry Jones. She has now won five

:02:18.:02:27.

straight races since Christmas. Three on this track with Kerry

:02:28.:02:33.

Jones. Look at this pocket rocket, five foot one. What speed that girl

:02:34.:02:37.

develops. Unbelievable. What an athlete she is. By three hundredths

:02:38.:02:47.

from Humphries. She poses her first medal with the bronze.

:02:48.:02:50.

Amy, what did you think of the Women's Bobsleigh performance? I

:02:51.:02:58.

think 16th in the World Championship was good. They were junior champions

:02:59.:03:02.

last year and I'd just think it goes to show that you can't come into the

:03:03.:03:07.

big stage here and expect exactly the same results. Some of the

:03:08.:03:10.

drivers here have been driving for 15 or 20 years, so I've think when

:03:11.:03:15.

they change it around, different combinations, there's more to come

:03:16.:03:19.

from these girls. OK, let's turn our attention to the Men's Skeleton.

:03:20.:03:27.

Alexander Tretiakov only finished off the podium once this season and

:03:28.:03:31.

he made the fastest start to give them an early lead in very

:03:32.:03:34.

changeable conditions. He was followed down by Alexander Gassner

:03:35.:03:41.

who comes from nearby Winter Berg, another famous German sliding track.

:03:42.:03:46.

Looks like he enjoys life just as well, going quickest overall.

:03:47.:03:51.

Dominic Edward Parsons racing for Great Britain. Mainly top ten

:03:52.:03:56.

finishes and he laid down a solid run to leave him in ninth. But all

:03:57.:04:03.

eyes were on the Latvian, Martins Dukurs. He has dominated the podium

:04:04.:04:08.

all season. And he flew down the track to put him well clear of the

:04:09.:04:14.

field. After winning here last month, he looked good in the early

:04:15.:04:22.

stages, the Russian, are Alexander Tretiakov. Jack Thompson made their

:04:23.:04:29.

debut, 17th after his opening attempt with Thomas, finishing back

:04:30.:04:33.

in 20th. They will both be hoping to improve through the competition. And

:04:34.:04:38.

he may have been rock bottom of the pack, but the competitor from Dana

:04:39.:04:47.

was enjoying the ice if not quite the journey to the bottom. Positions

:04:48.:04:53.

were reversed in the second run. Early start for the two British

:04:54.:04:56.

competitors after their first outing. Jeremy who are still to race

:04:57.:05:03.

at world level, slipped down to 18th overall with Jack Thomas also moving

:05:04.:05:10.

down to 21st. Dom Parsons, consistent game, maintaining his

:05:11.:05:13.

ninth spot and, despite being one of the slow starters, found some speed

:05:14.:05:22.

at the bottom of the course. Axel Jungk is third overall this season

:05:23.:05:24.

and after a disappointing first run which saw him down the field, he

:05:25.:05:27.

improved significantly second time-out. His start was not the

:05:28.:05:32.

quickest but he looked impressive as he flew down the track looking up

:05:33.:05:36.

some serious speed to leave him in third. The Russians also went faster

:05:37.:05:43.

in their second attempt, Alexander Tretiakov maintaining a second base

:05:44.:05:49.

overall with Alexander Kasjanov quickest yet to gain. Both sliders

:05:50.:05:53.

looking likely to be amongst the medals after Sunday's fourth and

:05:54.:05:59.

final run. But it was that man Martins Dukurs who extended his lead

:06:00.:06:02.

to over seven tenths with 24 hours off within a second run and the

:06:03.:06:07.

final two efforts on Sunday. The Latvian really is the man to beat.

:06:08.:06:09.

So halfway through the Men's Skeleton and to be honest as anyone

:06:10.:06:19.

name on everyone's lifts. Yes, other leader, Martins Dukurs, almost two

:06:20.:06:23.

seconds in front, incredible. He still found more speed and increase

:06:24.:06:28.

the distance so phenomenal, and then we've got the young Germans snapping

:06:29.:06:32.

at his heels and a young Russian, who has been the Russian all-time

:06:33.:06:40.

favourite. Dominic Parsons, our number one in ninth place will be

:06:41.:06:43.

disappointed with that. He had a good solid run but maybe is he

:06:44.:06:48.

trying a bit too hard? Too much tension? He will want to be in the

:06:49.:06:52.

top six but it's a big difference in time and then a la bookies are Jerry

:06:53.:06:58.

Rice in 18th place and Jack Thomas in 21st. Jack will want to get into

:06:59.:07:03.

the top 20 and Jerry is a bit more tense. His head and shoulders were

:07:04.:07:07.

coming up but it's a major championships, and the first one for

:07:08.:07:10.

them, so they are doing well but will want to move on that. They have

:07:11.:07:14.

got a night to go home and have a day off tomorrow and then come out

:07:15.:07:18.

fresh. We've not had the best competition today but the snow and

:07:19.:07:21.

ice this morning would have affected the quality of the ice, so let's

:07:22.:07:25.

hope the second day of racing they will come out and just moved up that

:07:26.:07:28.

little bit more. Martins Dukurs, the red vest, here's

:07:29.:07:42.

the champion. He gets the final day of action underway in the Men's

:07:43.:07:48.

Skeleton World Championships. A great start from him there. You can

:07:49.:07:52.

just see how beautiful the ice is today. It is -0.5 with the air at 2

:07:53.:08:00.

degrees. Everyone has taken the temperatures. Look at him coming

:08:01.:08:02.

down the straight through the S-bend. Bulleting his way through.

:08:03.:08:13.

Barely using his feet to steer. You want a really clean exit here. Just

:08:14.:08:17.

clip fits but then he is getting through without any other problems.

:08:18.:08:23.

Carrying the speed into these bottom corners. 115.7, that's incredibly

:08:24.:08:29.

fast. 72 miles an hour headfirst and accelerating up towards the line, a

:08:30.:08:36.

50.60 slide. Six tenths of a second away from a track record set last

:08:37.:08:41.

weekend in the team competition. That should be enough, three tenths

:08:42.:08:45.

quicker than even he managed to go in Friday's race. Can Nikita

:08:46.:08:51.

Tregybov stay within a second of the leader? A man who finished in sixth

:08:52.:08:55.

place in the Winter games three years ago in Sochi. His home track.

:08:56.:09:00.

21 years old. The triple junior world champion. And an electrifying

:09:01.:09:08.

powerhouse at the start. He starts quite short and drops away fast so

:09:09.:09:12.

it might not give him all the benefit of those superhuman speeds.

:09:13.:09:17.

He has got to try to hang onto the silver medal at least. Yes, 466, it

:09:18.:09:28.

matches one of his speeds yesterday. You only have a little tiny bit

:09:29.:09:31.

before you have to get on the sled as fast as possible and get into

:09:32.:09:36.

position and stay calm, take a deep breath and get right into those

:09:37.:09:41.

S-bends. Almost copying the exact line of Martins Dukurs before him.

:09:42.:09:47.

You need the video of your slide and a video of Justin Olsen and then you

:09:48.:09:54.

can compare and contrast. He had a better exit because the speed was a

:09:55.:09:59.

bit lower going in. This is like a big race between the two Russians.

:10:00.:10:06.

Is he going to take top spot? He closes onto the course. He is now 57

:10:07.:10:14.

hundredths behind. Martins Dukurs says he will test equipment at every

:10:15.:10:18.

race all year long with next year's Olympic Games in his sights. Now,

:10:19.:10:25.

has he set his runners and his sled for what conditions they expect a

:10:26.:10:29.

little later in the day for the final run? Or is he testing

:10:30.:10:36.

something different? Axel Jungk, bronze overnight, was livid with

:10:37.:10:40.

himself after his first heat. Less cross after the second. Only one

:10:41.:10:47.

tenth behind Nikita Tregybov. He tied his speed in the third heat of

:10:48.:10:51.

the second heat, rather, so let's see if he can move closer to the

:10:52.:10:58.

leader, as well. Yes, he's only for hundreds in front of Alexander

:10:59.:11:00.

Tretiakov so it's very close between third and fourth from yesterday

:11:01.:11:07.

standings. Really beautiful lines. These Germans know exactly where to

:11:08.:11:11.

get the speed from these tracks. We saw that in the girls race and the

:11:12.:11:16.

first lot of the bobsleigh. A little scared. Again, throwing his leg out

:11:17.:11:22.

to correct the slide down the straight. 11.86. The highest speed

:11:23.:11:31.

we have seen into the band. Beautiful line coming out there.

:11:32.:11:36.

Easy steering. You can oversteer, but this German knows that tracks

:11:37.:11:41.

so, so well. Got to avoid the walls. Is quite steep uphill now to the

:11:42.:11:48.

finish line. Across the line, 50.50. He takes a tenth of a second out of

:11:49.:11:56.

Martins Dukurs but loses nine hundredths to Nikita Tregybov. The

:11:57.:11:59.

first manned and did not get the best run so far. The danger perhaps

:12:00.:12:06.

is this man. The Olympic champion. Alexander Tretiakov, owner of the

:12:07.:12:11.

fastest start on the planet, four hundredths of a second behind after

:12:12.:12:14.

two heats. Canny move into the medals? 456, quicker than even he

:12:15.:12:23.

went yesterday -- can he move into the medals? Yes, here's definitely

:12:24.:12:30.

dubbed the Russian rocket. We know how quickly is on that start. A tall

:12:31.:12:36.

guy, long legs. He separate court here in Germany which he won. That

:12:37.:12:41.

gap is coming down to Nikita Tregybov as well. He's controlling

:12:42.:12:47.

that as well. Three oscillations, so those athletes have two steer those

:12:48.:12:54.

in exactly the right moment. Even quicker, he was nine tenths behind

:12:55.:12:58.

and is now eight tenths behind. He could move up into the medals.

:12:59.:13:03.

Here's ahead of Axel Jungk on the line and he is in a better position.

:13:04.:13:08.

Five hundredths in front of the German. Each slide that now seems to

:13:09.:13:15.

be going quicker. 50.41 exactly to the time set by his team-mate. The

:13:16.:13:22.

door could be open to overhaul the Latvian. A great looking new helmet

:13:23.:13:32.

design. Martins Dukurs started well. Dominic will give away a few

:13:33.:13:39.

hundredths of a second to him. That more comfortable than anything he

:13:40.:13:43.

produced yesterday. He could easily move up a spot. Versus his fourth

:13:44.:13:47.

World Championships. Tenth in the Cup rankings which I've think you

:13:48.:13:52.

would expect him to be a bit higher. One of our most experienced sliders.

:13:53.:13:59.

Looking very comfortable here. 111.1. Decent speed. 69.6. He needs

:14:00.:14:05.

to get the line right, not bad at all. Are a lot of heights, having to

:14:06.:14:16.

work quite hard coming out. Here's ahead of Martins Dukurs. He moves up

:14:17.:14:24.

to eighth position. How close will he get to Martins Dukurs? A good

:14:25.:14:29.

move from Don Parsons. They are happy with that. He should be as

:14:30.:14:31.

well, 51.15. Great Jack Thomas gets the form in the

:14:32.:14:43.

fourth one and get underway in the World Championships. 14th fastest in

:14:44.:14:48.

the 30 and he needed to drag himself into the top ten. 468 getaway, his

:14:49.:14:53.

family are watching at the finish and that is comfortable in its best

:14:54.:14:59.

run of the weekend. He had a little bit of nerves, was really, really

:15:00.:15:03.

desperate to get into the top 20 and has done that and hopefully that

:15:04.:15:04.

will relax him. in position now to throw a great run

:15:05.:15:06.

down. He is looking chilled on the sled

:15:07.:15:17.

and he will want to maintain that position. This is a really good,

:15:18.:15:23.

solid run from Jack. He made his first ever World Cup start a year

:15:24.:15:30.

ago today, they tied in the first heat. He comes across the line with

:15:31.:15:43.

a 51:20 six. He is really pumped with that as he comes passed his

:15:44.:15:45.

family. Lets see how he can do here. He's

:15:46.:16:04.

come down in ninth, seventh and ninth in the heats, very consistent.

:16:05.:16:10.

He will still want to move on up. His fourth World Championships, very

:16:11.:16:14.

experienced at this two different days of racing but he will need to

:16:15.:16:20.

keep the speed. Looking good so far. Seven tenths in front for the first

:16:21.:16:24.

heat. Not quite as quick as the Italians. He has added to his

:16:25.:16:33.

advantage. Good, clean exit, allowing the sled to run. Fastest

:16:34.:16:37.

speed at the bottom. Parsons will stay in the lead and challenge,

:16:38.:16:45.

maybe, to move up further. 51:18. Finally someone goes quicker than

:16:46.:16:51.

Jack Thomas. His team-mate now has the second fastest trip in this

:16:52.:16:58.

heat. Germany next up, we will have a German leader, will we, can we

:16:59.:17:03.

have a German medallist hearing can exceed? A lot of noise beside our

:17:04.:17:09.

commentary position. Alex Jonker lives in Dresden. Third in the World

:17:10.:17:15.

Cup rankings. First heat has let him down, he's

:17:16.:17:28.

been second and third quickest in the others, what can he do now?

:17:29.:17:32.

Matches his best start of the competition. He knows it's now or

:17:33.:17:40.

never for medal. Sometimes when the tension leaves your body you relax a

:17:41.:17:44.

bit more. You can get a little more out of your start. Great run. That's

:17:45.:17:51.

exactly how would you want to do this straight. Half a mile an hour

:17:52.:18:00.

quicker than anybody. Bumps the wall, still a good run through the

:18:01.:18:06.

labyrinth. Half a second up on Gassner. This is about challenging

:18:07.:18:12.

for the medals. The Germans will want a medal from this championship,

:18:13.:18:15.

and he does come he's in first place. 50:54, fastest so far. Not as

:18:16.:18:23.

quick as his first heat, a 55:0. Is it enough? Is it starting to slow?

:18:24.:18:31.

Is it starting to sag? Will he get a medal? We will find out in two

:18:32.:18:40.

minutes. The Olympic champion from 2014, Alexander Tretiakov. Three

:18:41.:18:44.

weeks ago he took the gold medal here. He is in third place after

:18:45.:18:51.

moving up overnight. His team-mate lies 17 under in front. The gold

:18:52.:18:57.

medal is over seven tenths away. This is a battle between two

:18:58.:19:00.

Russians for who will be the best of the rest. These two Russian athletes

:19:01.:19:07.

now fighting had exactly the same time in their third run. How will

:19:08.:19:13.

his fourth and final run go? Can tricky both keep it together? Seen

:19:14.:19:19.

some mistakes. A lot of pressure knowing his younger team-mate is in

:19:20.:19:23.

front of him. His speed is not as good. He's going back, behind Axel

:19:24.:19:28.

Jungk by three hundredths of a second. Does he know how to find

:19:29.:19:32.

speed at the bottom the way the Germans do? He's not going to take a

:19:33.:19:38.

medal, the Olympic champion, the 2013 world champion is out, and look

:19:39.:19:44.

who is in the medals. The Germans get a medal. How happy is he? How

:19:45.:19:52.

the domain of Axel Jungk has changed from the first heat when he could

:19:53.:19:55.

barely contain his rage at himself. Now he is in the medals, and chatty

:19:56.:20:00.

occult, win here three weeks ago, may not get a medal at all -- and

:20:01.:20:11.

Tretiakov. The 21-year-old Russian, his best World Championship result

:20:12.:20:18.

has been fourth place two years ago. Both starts that really favour a

:20:19.:20:25.

quick get away. He is the fastest starter in the field, can he take a

:20:26.:20:30.

medal? Tretiakov has been the top Russian for six years. Can this

:20:31.:20:35.

young lad come on through and change the guard? Can he be top ranked

:20:36.:20:41.

Russian? Again Tretiakov has Alp started him. Tregybov has a lead

:20:42.:20:46.

over Axel Jungk. It's only 12 hundredths. Out to 18 because of the

:20:47.:20:53.

start and it's coming down. A much better straight than his team-mate.

:20:54.:20:58.

Controlled that better. One mile an hour slower than Axel Jungk. He's

:20:59.:21:04.

got to be perfect now. Has he got the speed in the sled? Axel Jungk

:21:05.:21:07.

could move up. He is going to move out. Tregybov, will he take a medal

:21:08.:21:15.

or drop behind Tretiakov? He's going to take a medal but Axel Jungk can't

:21:16.:21:20.

believe it, cannot believe it, he's going to take at least a silver

:21:21.:21:31.

medal. One the slider to go, surely the thinkable cannot happen. Four

:21:32.:21:36.

times already a world champion, Martins Dukurs won the last two

:21:37.:21:42.

years. He's now going for a historic third straight men's gold medal. Can

:21:43.:21:48.

he keep it together? Didn't have the best exit from his third run. He's

:21:49.:21:57.

going to want to absolutely perfect that if he wants to keep his gold

:21:58.:22:04.

medal position. His advantage over Axel Jungk was three quarters of a

:22:05.:22:09.

second. Makes three hits on the bend away. Nine tenths in front. 67.9.

:22:10.:22:19.

Axel Jungk had 69 and a half. The gap is still 68 hundredths but he

:22:20.:22:22.

avoids drama where he has crashed out before. He is going to win a

:22:23.:22:27.

third straight World Championship gold medal. The gap has come down.

:22:28.:22:32.

He will not have the fastest run but he is our new world champion. 50.93

:22:33.:22:37.

run is enough. Wasn't great but it was good enough. And again,

:22:38.:22:43.

Superman, the greatest skeleton slider this sport has ever seen, set

:22:44.:22:51.

another new record. Triple consecutive world champion. Yeah,

:22:52.:22:55.

phenomenal. That is Martins Dukurs for you. Absolutely phenomenal

:22:56.:23:00.

skeleton slider. One of the best people to watch. And you know, he

:23:01.:23:06.

kept it together. Did get a better exit, and he had such a big lead.

:23:07.:23:10.

Something quite drastic had to happen for him to have lost.

:23:11.:23:13.

How do you look back on that one? A little bit disappointed with how I

:23:14.:23:22.

performed, but I guess I got a little lucky that Thomas messed up

:23:23.:23:27.

the last two runs. I can take the positive, but disappointed with my

:23:28.:23:32.

performance. First World Championships for both of you, how

:23:33.:23:36.

was that overall? It was awesome and I loved every minute. A bit

:23:37.:23:41.

disappointed at the end but still a great experience. So much fun with

:23:42.:23:47.

Jack. Talk us through it, Jack, did it feel as good as it looked?

:23:48.:23:53.

Obviously yesterday I had a bit of a nightmare, struggling to make it

:23:54.:23:57.

into the top 20. My voice is going from the shouting. Today we got a

:23:58.:24:05.

bit more of a grip. The last run, I don't know where that has been

:24:06.:24:10.

hiding. I've been pushing terribly in these World Championships and all

:24:11.:24:13.

of a sudden I pulled it out the back. What is realistic for you both

:24:14.:24:19.

in one year's time? I think we are both capable of challenging the top

:24:20.:24:24.

ten. And then anything can happen at the Olympic Games. Doing it with one

:24:25.:24:30.

of my best mates. So, all done for the men's skeleton, that was quite

:24:31.:24:35.

exciting for those young Brits. It was very exciting. I literally had

:24:36.:24:38.

butterflies in my stomach. Jack Thomas coming down, 20th after that

:24:39.:24:44.

third run, put down a phenomenal run. You could just see the tension

:24:45.:24:50.

had left him, he was enjoying it, and he put down the seventh fastest

:24:51.:24:55.

run and he finished off in 16th place. Dominic Parsons finished in

:24:56.:24:58.

eighth place, moving up a little bit. He probably will have mixed

:24:59.:25:03.

feelings, great result but he probably wanted to move up. The

:25:04.:25:07.

Latvian, my goodness, Martins Dukurs, brilliant. Three straight

:25:08.:25:13.

championship golds. Bit of a battle between the Russians, the new

:25:14.:25:17.

Russian came through, and axle, the German, they got the medal and were

:25:18.:25:22.

absolutely thrilled. We will finish today that the noisiest and most

:25:23.:25:28.

dramatic event at the World Championships, the four-man

:25:29.:25:31.

bobsleigh. For the two Team GB line-ups it has been a topsy-turvy

:25:32.:25:35.

season. Lots of changes of personnel as the coaches try to work out their

:25:36.:25:39.

best line-up for next year 's Winter Olympics in South Korea. To top it

:25:40.:25:46.

all the 2014 crew could yet win an Olympic medal if the Russian results

:25:47.:25:47.

are invalidated. It's testing times. Talk to me about Sochi as an

:25:48.:25:59.

experience, first major games. Obviously my first games, amazing

:26:00.:26:04.

experience to be there. As the runs progressed, realised we were not

:26:05.:26:08.

just there to take part, we were there to be competitive, lifelong

:26:09.:26:13.

dream for me. That is remarkable, absolutely brilliant. We finished

:26:14.:26:17.

fifth and you could see that we were ecstatic. When the dust settled

:26:18.:26:23.

afterwards we thought we were that close to a medal, so it did think in

:26:24.:26:29.

a little bit, slightly disappointing. The worst doping

:26:30.:26:34.

scandal in history. Laid bare how Russia cheated. Russian Secret

:26:35.:26:38.

Service agent. We knew it was how bad, we found out how bad. Russian

:26:39.:26:42.

track and field athletes banned. Been cheating from 2011 to 2015. Now

:26:43.:26:50.

we know Sochi 2015 was a sham. Obviously the results have been

:26:51.:26:54.

looked at again, do you feel like you are the bronze medallists? I

:26:55.:27:01.

suppose I kind of do. We know that we competed clean. We don't have the

:27:02.:27:05.

medal but we will have a wait and see. Would have been a great thing

:27:06.:27:09.

for my mum, wife and children to see me on the podium. Whatever truth

:27:10.:27:13.

comes out of it will be more important than receiving the medal

:27:14.:27:18.

itself. Last year World Championships, going incredibly well

:27:19.:27:21.

for the first two runs, showed just how much potential, then said didn't

:27:22.:27:28.

quite happen, talk me through it. Going into the third heat we were on

:27:29.:27:33.

target, definitely minimum of going second. It was never my strongest

:27:34.:27:39.

point, I would always lose 100th here or there. I tried something

:27:40.:27:43.

different, tried to let it fly and it literally did. Just one fraction

:27:44.:27:54.

too much and rolls it. Lamin Deen trying to let it fly. It was a

:27:55.:28:00.

mistake trying to go faster. Good to see all the boys are out uninjured.

:28:01.:28:04.

This season the form has been up and down, changing the squad and Cruz,

:28:05.:28:08.

what has been the theory behind that? You have to discover a crew.

:28:09.:28:13.

We have so much talent in the squad at the moment, everybody is of such

:28:14.:28:16.

a standard it is simply a case of finding a combination that works

:28:17.:28:20.

well together. You've got butterfingers, come on. Three

:28:21.:28:24.

crewmembers, having that cohesion is so important. We have got so much

:28:25.:28:30.

depth at the moment it is unreal. Once upon a time we didn't have many

:28:31.:28:34.

to choose from, we had what we had and we would make it work. Now we

:28:35.:28:39.

have so many guys, real elite athletes. We've got a fantastic team

:28:40.:28:44.

now. We could pick ranked from number one all the way to 17 and you

:28:45.:28:49.

would still have a world-class team. Leading the guys at the moment is no

:28:50.:28:55.

problem. There's a really good feeling about being part of the team

:28:56.:28:58.

and knowing, when you are in a crew, three other guys completely having

:28:59.:29:04.

your back, it is a different sort of reward, definitely. When you have a

:29:05.:29:09.

real bond with the team, you are all doing it for each other, everybody

:29:10.:29:12.

trying to make the other guide proud, nobody wants to let anybody

:29:13.:29:18.

down. We have definitely got people capable of winning a medal in this

:29:19.:29:25.

team, no doubt about it. So, two Team GB crews, first piloted by

:29:26.:29:29.

Lamin Deen, and the second by the newcomer Bradley Hall, who looked

:29:30.:29:33.

impressive in training. But this is where the German bobsled is meant

:29:34.:29:39.

two spent most of the year, expect quick times from them. After

:29:40.:29:44.

finishing third last weekend on his home track in the two-man event,

:29:45.:29:48.

Janice Lochner had a point to prove, and wow, did he do that. Raking the

:29:49.:29:55.

course record in his first run. A very definite marker laid down for

:29:56.:30:01.

the rest of the field. His German team-mate rose to the challenge,

:30:02.:30:05.

Nicole water, and was super quick at the start, but a mistake cost him

:30:06.:30:09.

and he ended up two tenths behind. Francesco Friedrich, already a world

:30:10.:30:13.

champion having won the two-man event, he and his crew had the

:30:14.:30:18.

fastest start ever on this track but they couldn't keep it up.

:30:19.:30:25.

One tenth of Johannes Lochner after Heat 1. The surprise was the Latvian

:30:26.:30:33.

crew. Oskars Melbardis missed the start of the season with an injury.

:30:34.:30:37.

He broke the track record set earlier in the session by Francesco

:30:38.:30:41.

Friedrich to go third. It was mixed fortunes for the British. Lamin Deen

:30:42.:30:49.

who have struggled badly struggling with a track all week was ranked

:30:50.:30:53.

11th coming into the championships and only managed 21st spot. But for

:30:54.:30:58.

newcomer Bradley Hall and his crew, it was a very different story. They

:30:59.:31:04.

moved from the start position of 28 into 13th place with a super quick

:31:05.:31:09.

start and a solid run down the track. So no surprise for the

:31:10.:31:16.

four-man bobsleigh that the stands are absolutely packed. This is on

:31:17.:31:21.

the German crowd love to see. They absolutely love it. 4-Man Bob is a

:31:22.:31:24.

spectacle and of course the Germans are so, so strong here having

:31:25.:31:31.

already smashed the start record at the track record. And what about the

:31:32.:31:36.

British? What did you make of the first run? Bradley Hall has done

:31:37.:31:40.

phenomenally, from 28th moved up into 13th place. Their posh time was

:31:41.:31:45.

two tenths of the original start record, so I've think he will be

:31:46.:31:51.

very happy and thrilled and if he can just edge on up, they are not

:31:52.:32:01.

the same as Lamin Deen who has not quite got the same results but it's

:32:02.:32:04.

very very close between the whole group and I've think calm your

:32:05.:32:10.

nerves and come out looking definitely to move on up a couple of

:32:11.:32:16.

spaces. Hopes were high for the British led piloted by Bradley Hall

:32:17.:32:19.

after that impressive first outing. Click at the top, they look to

:32:20.:32:25.

challenge the top ten. But he overcooked it and a skid led to the

:32:26.:32:29.

first crash of the Men's Bobsleigh event. He's in trouble! You could

:32:30.:32:40.

see when he came out, too late! Bruised and battered, there was

:32:41.:32:46.

clear disappointment for the young crew after such a good start. Is

:32:47.:32:54.

everyone OK? We are all OK physically. Nothing wrong with us.

:32:55.:32:58.

It's not the result we wanted in the end. What went wrong? What went

:32:59.:33:08.

wrong. Well, it was going well. I thought we might have been on the

:33:09.:33:12.

wrong line, I've pulled down a bit too early, had a tap and you can't

:33:13.:33:20.

resave those things. Once you are in trouble, it's hard to fix. Bruce, as

:33:21.:33:24.

one of the taller members of the crew, when it's beginning to unravel

:33:25.:33:29.

like that, there's not much you can do but to duck down even further.

:33:30.:33:32.

That's right, there's no place to hide relief. I've got to take it and

:33:33.:33:38.

just count down the seconds until it is over. Some horrendous pictures of

:33:39.:33:42.

crash helmet on ice all the way down and then back as well. Not present

:33:43.:33:47.

for anybody. Not at all and that's why we wear them. Going backwards is

:33:48.:33:52.

far worse, when you are trapped tightly and it's difficult to

:33:53.:33:56.

breathe and its claustrophobic. How good was the championships open to

:33:57.:34:00.

that point? Really good, really positive. The team got together. We

:34:01.:34:06.

were excited about racing. It's a shame what happened but definitely

:34:07.:34:11.

shows there's big things to come so I'm really excited about the future.

:34:12.:34:16.

Let's throw Brad a bit of a life ring. How good could he be? Mates,

:34:17.:34:22.

the potential is massive. In that sort of situation, in this

:34:23.:34:26.

environment, he showed some really, really, really great things to come,

:34:27.:34:31.

so I'm excited about the future. How important is for you to pull

:34:32.:34:37.

together as a team a year before Pyeongchang next weekend, and a lot

:34:38.:34:41.

of work to do. Definitely but as soon as we finished the crash, we

:34:42.:34:45.

were all around him together, and it's natural for us to be together.

:34:46.:34:48.

We are friends outside anyway and I've think it shows we are a brand

:34:49.:34:56.

new crew. It's bittersweet because it's a shame we've gone out so early

:34:57.:35:00.

but, at the same time, like, the bits we could smash we smashed, so

:35:01.:35:05.

we are pretty happy and we can't wait to go to 2018. For the

:35:06.:35:11.

Americans, piloted by Steve Holcomb, they moved into fourth and looking

:35:12.:35:14.

good to challenge for a potential podium place. Nico Walther could not

:35:15.:35:21.

build on his early efforts. That mistake clearly still playing on his

:35:22.:35:25.

mind. His crew drop down to fifth. The Latvian pilot Oskars Melbardis

:35:26.:35:33.

has found real speed in Konigssee and was quicker at the start taking

:35:34.:35:36.

another one hundredths off his record time from Heat 1. The two

:35:37.:35:43.

German crews who battled it out in the 2-Man Bob work looking like the

:35:44.:35:46.

ones to beat. Francesco Friedrich was quick at the top and set the

:35:47.:35:49.

quickest time of the second run that, despite MSc second effort on

:35:50.:35:55.

his home track from Johannes Lochner, he a leader going into heat

:35:56.:36:02.

three and heat for. And for Lamin Deen and the Brits, having watched

:36:03.:36:06.

their team mate crash out, there was an improvement, moving up two places

:36:07.:36:14.

from 23rd. Halfway through the 4-Man Bob come petition and that was not

:36:15.:36:18.

pleasant viewing if you work British. It wasn't. Oh my word, my

:36:19.:36:24.

heart went out to Bradley Hall. He was so excited after having a really

:36:25.:36:29.

good solid first run but you know what, he's so inexperienced, and

:36:30.:36:33.

that was his first ever crash. To do it on a world stage like that, you

:36:34.:36:39.

know, bruised ego, pride, but it's very, very hard. They pushed grade,

:36:40.:36:44.

speeds will be different, but nerves, the environment in which you

:36:45.:36:48.

are in, and where he actually crashed is a very narrow but. If

:36:49.:36:52.

you're going to crash on this track, it's probably going to be exactly

:36:53.:36:58.

there, so you go out and it's not what they wanted but actually it's a

:36:59.:37:02.

huge learning experience having only just driven for under 12 months. And

:37:03.:37:08.

Lamin Deen loitering around the cut-off, third run absolutely vital

:37:09.:37:12.

for them to move up a bit. Yes, he will be disappointed. Is just

:37:13.:37:14.

outside the top 20 and they were hoping to be those that towards the

:37:15.:37:19.

top ten. But hopefully tomorrow he will come out and push a bit harder.

:37:20.:37:24.

Three hundredths of a second out of the top 20 and they are definitely

:37:25.:37:28.

going to want to move on up a few more places.

:37:29.:37:37.

Germany get the second day of competition underway in 4-Man Bob

:37:38.:37:44.

World Championships. Three hundredths of a second lead and

:37:45.:37:48.

spent yesterday studying video to try to find out where that time is

:37:49.:37:53.

escaping him. He lost a lot of time in the second run. It's amazing he

:37:54.:37:59.

is able to do that and still have the lead. Versus his home track

:38:00.:38:03.

where he learned to drive. His father lives down the street. Speed

:38:04.:38:13.

72.1 miles an hour. It will be vital he nails it. A little bump on the

:38:14.:38:20.

exit. Versus the graveyard of time, the uphill section of the track. We

:38:21.:38:25.

saw Steve Holcomb lose lots of time day yesterday. 48.64, slower than he

:38:26.:38:32.

was yesterday. The track was very quick this morning. Very hard. But

:38:33.:38:39.

maybe not so quick this afternoon. He's done enough to take the lead

:38:40.:38:45.

into the third-rate, we will find out in two minutes. Francesco

:38:46.:38:49.

Friedrich took the gold for the fourth straight time a week ago. A

:38:50.:38:55.

year ago, he nearly doubled up with a 4-Man Bob. They can't

:38:56.:39:05.

underestimate how much of a threat they are. They had a track record at

:39:06.:39:14.

the start. Before they broke the track record again, Oskars

:39:15.:39:19.

Melbardis. Slower than yesterday. They matched it both times, 475.

:39:20.:39:26.

Three hundredths behind in the first heat leading by 500 courtesy of

:39:27.:39:30.

their fastest start. This looks pretty clean but he should have more

:39:31.:39:33.

time than that. Luck how clean through here. Remember, 117, four

:39:34.:39:42.

kilometres better than Johannes Lochner.

:39:43.:39:47.

I think here's going to get it. 125.7 is what Johannes Lochner had.

:39:48.:39:59.

Not the best speed. 100. These guys are going to go head to head. Oskars

:40:00.:40:07.

Melbardis could say something about that coming up but these are Germans

:40:08.:40:12.

are separated by 100th of a second. The World Championships. The world

:40:13.:40:16.

champion, Oskars Melbardis from Latvia. A huge man, trying to get

:40:17.:40:28.

476-7. Two hundredths better than Francesco Friedrich. 57.8. Huge

:40:29.:40:36.

velocity at the start. Seven hundredths behind Francesco

:40:37.:40:39.

Friedrich after the first two runs. The gap is down to 51 hundredths.

:40:40.:40:47.

Canny move into the lead? Bad skid. That will not out a chance for

:40:48.:40:52.

medals -- can he move into the lead. A good run from the reigning world

:40:53.:40:59.

champion. He will fall way back. Nico Walther will probably slipped

:41:00.:41:03.

ahead of him into the bronze medal position. This is the danger in the

:41:04.:41:08.

4-Man Bob. One loose run can cost you everything. He is third. He

:41:09.:41:14.

knows that that huge skid all the way down the straight is going to

:41:15.:41:22.

cost him dearly. And that opens up a medal opportunity for this manner.

:41:23.:41:29.

The redoubtable Steve Holcomb. Carlo Valdes gave hope of a great start.

:41:30.:41:39.

Low 80s. Lacayo gently they get in. If the velocity. They have matched

:41:40.:41:45.

it. They get in in the slow motion and carry that momentum. Steve

:41:46.:41:49.

Holcomb with his start time is lethal and this is what he does. He

:41:50.:41:56.

made a big mistake yesterday. This is good speed. 169, not great speed,

:41:57.:42:02.

though. Two tenths of a mile an hour after fastest, Johannes Lochner.

:42:03.:42:09.

Good run through the labyrinth and this is exactly what he needed. This

:42:10.:42:14.

is where he did the mistake. This time he is perfect, bringing it

:42:15.:42:18.

back. He is ahead of Oskars Melbardis. This is what he does on

:42:19.:42:22.

the bottom part of the track. The Germans went 48 point 60, 48.64, and

:42:23.:42:33.

he is learning this sled fast. So Nico Walther, what does the slip by

:42:34.:42:41.

Oskars Melbardis offer this man? The giant behind him. They were two

:42:42.:42:47.

hundredths behind Steve Holcomb and could shoot for a medal. Spectacular

:42:48.:42:54.

start time yesterday. The leader of the pack there. But the driver, Nico

:42:55.:43:01.

Walther, he had a terrible exit. That's a good start for him. Here's

:43:02.:43:07.

a great pilot. He just did not deliver the goods yesterday,

:43:08.:43:10.

especially in the exit coming up right here. Not perfect. Gets away

:43:11.:43:20.

with it. He was two tenths behind after two trips. Speed, way off.

:43:21.:43:29.

72.3. Half a mile an hour down. The gap is opening up. Steve Holcomb was

:43:30.:43:34.

only 21 hundredths behind at the line. This is the latest as they had

:43:35.:43:43.

tested. Good speed. He is close to third place. Very close indeed.

:43:44.:43:49.

Second-best time! He has moved into the medals. Oh my Lord! He did that

:43:50.:43:56.

yesterday. He would then be up there sniffing the gold medal. It's now go

:43:57.:44:05.

fast all go home. Lamin Deen knows the pressure. He's had a lot to

:44:06.:44:11.

think about. He's alongside Andy Matthews. After the first two heat

:44:12.:44:16.

they were 15 one hundredths behind the Germans but a random drive from

:44:17.:44:21.

the world champion leaves a cracker daylight. Lamin Deen has got to get

:44:22.:44:28.

in it. 46, 47 yesterday. These four great athlete and have got to get 45

:44:29.:44:36.

at least. 489. I keep saying it, but you know was good as I'd do, these

:44:37.:44:41.

are four great athletes. They have not come together as a team yet.

:44:42.:44:48.

Right now it is down to Lamin Deen. Yesterday Brad Hogg crashed out of

:44:49.:44:58.

what might have been a top ten run. Right now Lamin Deen is not on

:44:59.:45:02.

target, 20 First Place on the split times. Better lines than the

:45:03.:45:08.

Germans. They had some drift in the graveyard section. It is going to be

:45:09.:45:14.

very, very close at the line, is he in or out? Needs to be 20th, he is

:45:15.:45:21.

not. So Lamin Deen doesn't make the final run. No British sleds in the

:45:22.:45:24.

top 20. Disappointing not to make the last

:45:25.:45:31.

run? Disappointing, and unfamiliar territory for us as a squad, this is

:45:32.:45:38.

the Olympic squad. However we have been trying a lot of different

:45:39.:45:42.

things this year. This is the year to try different sleds, runners,

:45:43.:45:46.

cruise, mixing it up. We have found out some certain things. Hopefully

:45:47.:45:50.

we can take that into the Olympic track that we are going to next week

:45:51.:45:57.

and to next year. So guys, how much more can we expect from you next

:45:58.:46:02.

weekend and beyond? Yeah, I think things are going to improve. We are

:46:03.:46:06.

going to jail more. There has been a lot of moving around this year,

:46:07.:46:10.

different crews and equipment. I think it's time to actually get

:46:11.:46:13.

together and worked as a team and start improving and moving up the

:46:14.:46:17.

ranks, as simple as that. Back to the drawing board. Cooler, calm,

:46:18.:46:26.

focused, look at Lascelles Brown on the backline. Jesse Lumsden on his

:46:27.:46:33.

left, Alexander Kopacz on his right, Justin Kripps the driver. Got quite

:46:34.:46:40.

a team here. Kopacz, they put him in to replace Kirkpatrick. Look at the

:46:41.:46:54.

ranking. Start times, 4:79 the last time, fourth best start. I bet you

:46:55.:46:58.

they try and bust at least a 4:79 out here again. Speed though, great

:46:59.:47:09.

velocity. Again, those four huge man load like they are featherlight into

:47:10.:47:14.

the sled. This is the first weekend these four guys have been working

:47:15.:47:18.

together. 300s of a second in hand over Benjamin Maier. Great lines!

:47:19.:47:25.

Got through there without tapping everything. Great straight. Not too

:47:26.:47:31.

many sleds get through the straightaway without tapping. What

:47:32.:47:34.

about here. Down to four hundredths of a second. Maybe he steered too

:47:35.:47:42.

much. Going to be very tight. Only six fastest. Benjamin Maier was

:47:43.:47:46.

fastest of all. How close will it be? My goodness, he does it, same

:47:47.:47:50.

time, identical run in time to Benjamin Maier. 300th in his back

:47:51.:47:57.

pocket and that is enough for top six after claiming a two-man medal

:47:58.:48:03.

last weekend. Five sleds remain in the 2017 BMW IBS F World

:48:04.:48:08.

Championships. In these next five sleds will come our medals. Oskars

:48:09.:48:15.

Melbardis is the world champion. He and Daumants Dreiskens coming back

:48:16.:48:19.

from injury, you wouldn't know it after three fastest start including

:48:20.:48:25.

a new record yesterday. 4:73 again! They matched it. He had a disastrous

:48:26.:48:29.

third run, his sled was sideways all the way down the straightaway. He

:48:30.:48:36.

went from medal contention to just a slight chance of a medal only if

:48:37.:48:44.

someone else falters. Had a huge slide all the way down. Second

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fastest sled we've seen in the Chrysler. He's got a huge lead, this

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is what you expected out of him. Is it enough to get into medal

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contention? He is the reigning world champion. Good run. This has got to

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be the best. That's huge. In a sport where we are dealing with hundreds

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of second coming he is half a second ahead. His first run today was a

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48.90 one. What a catastrophe that was. 100th of a second out of the

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medals for Team USA. Brand-new sled that they never raced before this

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week. They've had some good success with their starts. Six best start in

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the third run. Steven Holcomb had his best art in the past years.

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Fastest they've managed all weekend. Second-best speed of anybody. They

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know it's important, every hundredth could win a medal. This is the first

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time he's driven a non-American made sled. Made a big mistake, there,

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that might cost them. The speed is great, though. And he's so fast at

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the bottom. He is two hundredths behind comic is going to have to

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turn it on, here. Only one hundredth out of a medal. Got the best speed,

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though. Top speed, is it enough out of the final corner? Not enough.

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Oskars Melbardis is leading with three to go. He can't believe what

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is going on. Steven Holcomb made a mistake, he'll know it. Two great

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runs, two average runs. Three sleds to go, all German. Will we have a

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German world champion? Seems highly likely, but who? Will it be 26 old

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Nico Walther, will it be 26-year-old Francesco Friedrich, will it be

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26-year-old Johan Goosen lock mirror.

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Kevin Kuske on the left side of our screen. And they need the start. He

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needs everything. 4:70 nine. Speed on the left, fifth best speed.

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Walter had a disastrous first run, he was on the wrong side of the

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straightaway. Let's see if that costs him on the exit. A little bit.

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Second quickest in the field. Goodspeed. This is the brand-new

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sled, every bell and whistle they can empty into it. He's got about

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eight trips with it. This is the bronze. Nico Walther will do it.

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He's had a very subpar season but today he gets at least bronze medal.

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Two sleds, three runs, one hundredth of a second

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separating them. Here is the local hero Johannes Lochner. His uncle

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Rudy was a world champion in Bob sled. He is one hundredth away from

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winning this. Disqualified in the last race at Eagles. This is the

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biggest heat of his young competitive life. Eighth best

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velocity. He also drifted to the right of our screen. Lead of 17

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hundredths on his team-mate, Nico Walther. Lead at the end of the

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first run. One hit, two, three. Speed is below 116. Walther had

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better speed. Is he straight? Right here through the graveyard, yes.

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This is going to be the leader, at least silver medal. So the hometown

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boy delivers. Whether that is going to be good

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enough, now they've got to sit and wait, their destiny not in their

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hands. Francesco Friedrich lead into the final run of last year 's

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four-man World Championships at Innsbruck only to lose in the last

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heat. He is a four-time two-man world champion, four-time

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consecutive two-man world champion. And he could be 48 seconds from a

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Gold double weekend. 4:75, matches their best time when they broke the

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track record in the first heat. He also drifts to the right. Exit here,

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can he get out clean? Not really. Big skid. Double tapped, three hits.

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Goodspeed, though. It now comes down to the labyrinth. This could be in

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single digits. And high, there. Still with the lead. He was 100th in

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front at the start. Double gold! Double gold medal. And that,

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perhaps, is the fairest result in the four-man World Championship.

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Everybody wins here in Germany. That's unbelievable. Gold, gold,

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bronze, for Germany. And hard to imagine a fairer result than an

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absolute dead heat between Francesco Friedrich and Johannes Lochner.

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We had to step away from the track-side at the end of that

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competition. Germany, Germany, Germany, demonstration in how to win

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the competition. Yes, three strong teams. Plus they are here on their

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home track, home advantage. But how amazing, I have never known in a

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World Championships over four runs to get down in the exact same time.

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Absolutely phenomenal performance. Even more German gold medallists in

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this championship. Yes, first, second and third, two firsts, one

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third, I've never known it. Slightly less happy news for the Brits. Yeah,

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it's disappointing in one sense for Lamin Deen, not quite getting the

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forefront, just out of the top 20. They've been playing around with

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different crews, not quite settled, didn't quite get on with this track

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and has struggled the whole time. Doesn't really matter because they

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need to nail it for next year. They've got the whole summer

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together training hard and going into the next winter season. We've

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obviously got our young one coming up behind you unfortunately did

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crash but he was in 13th place up until then. So he's really got to

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take the positives from that and realise he's got a bright future.

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When you cast your mind back over the whole Championships, what do you

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make of the British performance? They aimed to get a medal and we got

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one. Lizzy Yarnold got her medal in the skeleton and I think that's

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brilliant. We knew she could do it, we knew she'd stepped up and she

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always thrives on these big championships. So that's really

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positive. Dominic Parsons and Laura Deas, yes, they just got into the

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top ten. They are going to be a bit disappointed, they want to creep up.

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There are lessons to learn and it is a long year ahead. They are all

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going to Korea now, where they will get excited and learn about the

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track and go into a really good summer of training and comeback

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signing. From all our winter sports there is quite a bit of expectation

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on sliding, Bobsleigh and skeleton in Korea, is it too much to expect

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them to produce more than one medal? I think we will vividly get a medal,

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particularly in skeleton, Lizzy has every chance. There are just the top

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few girls that are really strong at the moment. Laura will be wanting to

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fight her hardest. When things click into place I think it could happen

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for her. Don't miss the same. Is it going to happen? He really needs to

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shift up. Sochi needs to sort out the team, they need to go away and

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focus on who works well -- Lamin Deen needs to sort out the team.

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They need to practice and build up a really strong bond. They've got a

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lot less years experience than four example this Germany 1-2- three. Our

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boys have been going a lot less, so a long way to go. I think the future

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is still positive. Brilliant, been great working with you this weekend.

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So thank you, that's it for the World Championships from skeleton

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and Bobsleigh, so until next time, from the thick of us, it's goodbye.

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Matt Pinsent presents highlights of the Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships from Konigssee in Germany. There is action from the men's and women's two-man and four-man bob, as well as the men's and women's skeleton.

Matt is joined for expert analysis by former Olympic skeleton gold medallist Amy Williams.


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