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It's the biggest race on the circuit. Fear becomes anticipation.
Nerves become excitement. It's you against the mountain. You need to
focus, to visualise. Every turn, every jump, every gate. In the
starting hut there is time for last-minute adjustments. The clock
counts down. And it's all you. You follow those in history who have
gone before you. Fantastic, brilliant stuff. And hope
to write a new chapter of your own. Sensational!
Can Lindsey Vonn winner? Yes she can. She leads the way.
Hello, and welcome to Cortina D'Ampezzo.
We're in Italy this week for the biggest downhill
It's one of Lindsey Vonn's favourite hills.
With 11 World Cup victories. Five of them on this fast and flowing
downhill course. After victory in Garmisch
last weekend, Lindsey's an overwhelming favourite today,
but just getting to the start hut is no mean feat given how
tough her latest comeback I pretty much became ambidextrous
because I had to put on my make-up with my left hand, I couldn't even
sign my name. I was... Crazy. It's still not great you still can't
straighten it can but you can hold a ski pole. Oh yeah, she's still got
it. Later in the show, we also have
highlights of the epic night race from Schladming,
featuring the best slalom A group which includes
a history-making Brit It's crazy around here, I can't even
walk down the street without being hounded by people, which is cool,
you've got to embrace it. I didn't think it would happen, it caught me
by surprise. No matter how many times I watched it still incredible.
Anyway, this week's programme really is a feast for fans of alpine,
and first, it's the women's downhill from Cortina.
Ahead of the race, Chemmy went to talk to Lindsey Vonn.
of the all-time greats, and continues to prove it's tough
She's refused to vacate the top of the podium. You said it was your
hardest injury to come back from but I thought it was interesting you
kept back until you had come back to the sport about this numbness which
must have been the most scary part. Yeah, I got out of surgery and
couldn't move my hand at all. It scared me to the point where I
didn't want to tell anyone. I pretty much became ambidextrous because I
had to put on my make-up with my left hand, couldn't even sign my
name. It was crazy. You still can't straighten it? But you can hold a
ski pole. Oh yeah, she's still got it. Can Vonn win? Oh yes she can.
That one in Garmisch, even you said it was an emotional win. I didn't
expect that to happen. The last injury was really scary and took a
lot out of me emotionally. You know, to come back and get a win so
quickly was more than I expected. I kind of had a little meltdown.
Winning may have become habit, but it's still special. Garmisch was her
77th World Cup victory and she's getting closer and closer to the
all-time record of 86 World Cup wins, held by stem mark. I met him
last year at the Stockholm city event, he was so nice. -- Stenmark.
He said if I ever get close to breaking his record, he'll come and
watch me. I was like, that would be awesome. That's a true legend, it
sounds like he wants you to break his record. He wants me to, he's not
fake about it, he was very genuine and very sweet. It was really nice.
It was an honour to meet him. If Lindsey stays fit she will beat
Stenmark's record. She wants to test yourself against the men. It's
something she's tried to do before. In 2012 her bid was rejected by ski
racing's governing body. She will lobby them again for a race in 2018.
The question is, why? I train with the guys all the time and I'm always
better when I'm with them, it pushes me to ski faster, push the line,
that's what I want in a race. I want to push myself to the limit. You say
you train with the men, who has given the best advice from the men's
World Cup? Andrew Weibrecht, we were training in Portugal. I couldn't get
this turn right, a double coming onto the flat, kept getting bounced
around, I was like how you running this? He explained it to me. I did
exactly what he said and I beat all the guys except for him. Amazing.
The only beat me by like a tent. He's like, not giving you more tips.
Yeah, you'll be fine! That's what I want in a race, wants to see where I
stand against the best skiers in the world. It's a fact, men are a lot
faster than women. So I want to see where I stand. It's clear watching
that have driven and determined she is. She's come back from serious
injury, three or four times. Is there anything Lindsey Vonn does
that surprises you? Not really, she talked about targeting the 86 wins
Stenmark record. At 77 having released a huge chunk of racing
through injury, 322 days was out of the sport for the last injury alone.
She'd be around a hundred wins if she'd been competing that time.
Stenmark won on slalom and giant slalom and Lindsey has won in all
five disciplines. She is racking up wins in the toughest disciplines.
She's putting her body on the line every time she pushes out of the
start gate. The all-time greats, Tina Maze and the like are still out
there. They are greats from women's skiing, is there anyone in this era
who is a true rival to Lindsey? Beginning of the season, the three
back-to-back wins that Ilka Stuhec achieved were phenomenal, she's now
finally. She's starting to threaten Lindsey Vonn's crown. She's an
amazing character who has been around for ever. She won three world
junior titles. Her mum is still prepping her skis today. The ski
company that she skis on, they employ her to teach the technicians
to do skis fast. There are other women in the competition and Lindsay
had a crash. Her confidence might be dented. Though historically Lara Gut
has never done well on this course, this could be her season. And the
local favourite, an aggressive and dynamic skier, very entertaining.
Lindsey Vonn is the odds-on favourite, but don't count out an
upset. After all, this is downhill skiing,
decided by fine margins. Racing
on the edge of control. This Olympic course is one of the
most beautiful vistas from the start. It was cut for the 1956
Olympics. Let's go and have a look at it. Out onto the start. Really
important. As you go past the refuge, onto this bumpy Traverse,
you come through here, a blind gate you've got to nip inside. These top
turns are so crucial. To carry the speed. There is a little jump in.
Accelerate from 50 to 80 mph in a matter of seconds. The speed going
into this turn is much greater than before. You've got to come high on
the gate, work the outside ski as you come through these terms.
Heading towards the panorama turn, so important to carry the speed
through this section. Because the course starts to flatten out from
this point. Heading towards the last jump. It's a cheese wedge drop-off
right in front of the crowd. Quite a nasty little slap of philandering.
And across the line. An absolutely beautiful course to ski but make no
bones about it, you have to be completely on your game if you want
to win on this course, no letting up from start to finish. Matt Chilton
with the commentary. Not a great deal of snow in the dolomite, but
this has been prepared to perfection ready for the sixth women's World
Cup downhill of the season. Victoria Regensburg on her way for Germany.
Clear German number one since the retirement of her rival a couple of
seasons ago. Plunges down with pillars of dolomite rock on either
side. A truly spectacular backdrop. The Italian is leading at this
stage. Regensburg has the quickest time through the speed trap at the
top of the course. Nice aerial turn. She made the turn moving her knees
to her chest mid-flight. Wonderful skills on display from the German.
Showing improving form in downhill. As the forthcoming World
Championships approach in San Moritz. Regensburg running out
beautifully, good gliding skills from the German. As to adjust the
visibility as the course constantly changes from shade to sunshine.
103.3 kilometres per hour. Regensburg moves into the green, she
leads the Italian white quarter of a second. Now Regensburg flies the
final jump, tucks in for the line and she leads for Germany. From that
point on, she accelerated through every single split. That will take a
beating. Ready to race is Ilka Stuhec. She secured three downhill
victories this season. She's yet to podium in 2017. Can she return to
form today? The World Cup downhill standings leader. She wears the red
bid to signify that. A big, strong start from Ilka Stuhec from
Slovenia. From Maribor, where the women race World Cup every season
and have done most seasons since the World Cup again 50 years ago.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary. In 2017. Ilka Stuhec stands on that
left the dives down one of the fastest parts of the course. Indeed,
of any World Cup course the women race. Look at the speed. 123.5. She
has the green light by six tenths almost over Rebensburg. Spectacular
turn, but she skidded slightly lower, but worryingly close to the
safety netting. I wonder if it might have done a little bit of damage to
her time on the second half of this course. Another speed check here.
.58, still in the Green zone. Still in the hunt for the lead. She won
both downhills in Lake Louise in the early part of the season, the
beginning of December. She backed it up with two wins in Valder said, one
in downhill, one in Alpine combined. She's the star of the skiing season
as far as the women's World Cup is concerned, and she's dead level with
Rebensburg at the second speed trap. At the third split.
Now, Stuhec. Open stance, flying the final jump and tucks in for the
line, and she goes. First, by just 0.0 six. That was tied. Ilka Stuhec
spot on the top part of the course. Absolutely flying into the Daytona
turn but took the air going in and then got pushed a bit wide, but made
it up, crucially, on the final move to the right. Those skis running
superbly for her. Nicole Schmidhofer, from Austria, next ago.
Looking for her first World Cup win -- next to go. She's been close on a
few occasions this season. Seventh in Austria on the home snow, and
went one better last week and. -- last weekend. Through the speed trap
just at the bottom, and Schmidhofer trails by almost half a second. That
is a good turn, higher line and we saw from Stuhec. -- than we saw. A
more direct object tree from the Austrian. Rebensburg is second. --
trajectory. She reaches the second half of the course and closes in on
the lead. She now trails by just 0.12 seconds. A big weekend for the
Austrians as they chase qualification for the world
champions in St Moritz were only four nations, plus the defending
champion, can take part. Schmidhofer is skiing a beautiful ride. The lead
may well change in Cortina. Nicole Schmidhofer staying low over the
skis. She sets up for the final jump and flies it. Barely moves from the
tuck and now the finishing line, and Schmidhofer has missed it and has
gone third. In the start-up is Sofia Goggia. The Italian is enjoying her
best season in the World Cup, securing two podiums in downhill.
She likes to celebrate with her best friend. Will she have a rough time
on the Olympia course, or will her tale be up in Cortina today? Sofia
Goggia. So many hopes pinned on her this weekend in Cortina. She has
been the star of the show as far as the Italian team is concerned this
season. Yet to win a World Cup, but it can't be too far away. She
attacks the flats at the top of the Olympia course. Sofia Goggia looks
to be in good shape again. Fifth last weekend and she has had podium
places in super G and three top three positions in giant slalom.
What a season for Gobbi. -- dodgier. -- Sofia Goggia. She has real
charisma and flair and a natural ability. Has no fear of the
high-speed courses and could really make a difference for the Italians
with an eye on the World Championships next month in St
Moritz. Goggia has moved in front by 0.2. The Italians sensing something
special at the bottom of the mountain as Goggia cards away to the
final third of this Olympia World Cup course. Goggia has gone further
in front. A big green light for the Italian. 0.50 one. Goggia is skiing
beautifully on home snow in Cortina. She has not moved from the tuck
position. The final jump is approaching. She squatted it
perfectly. Goggia will lead by 0.42. Great run by the Italian. What a
crowd pleasing run by Sophia dodgier, skiing like we expected. It
was messy, on the edge and came into the end with half a second of lead
and then kept the speed going until the end -- Sofia Goggia. Living on
the edge, and it paid off. Number 12, Siebenhofer, and a poor start,
got stuck and needs to move through the gears to make up the time from
the start. Siebenhofer, travelling nicely after that poor start to her
downhill run. She is not far away from the time of Goggia. 0.6 away at
the split. She is off track and in trouble. She clatters the safety
netting. Siebenhofer going down in the turn that caused all the problem
in training. Lindsay Ron crashed and so did three others. She went into
the Daytona with no direction and landed heading straight towards the
fence. There was no coming back from that.
Next to go is Lara Gut. She almost regards Cortina as a home race
because she cart -- comes from the Italian speaking part of Switzerland
but she has been skiing start over the world, and she has been in a
movie and a documentary on her is due for release soon. Will she be
ready for action on the Olympia course today. Lara Gut is ready to
race in Cortina. An explosive start, as ever, from Gut. Seven or eight
stabs with the ski poles and then into that Familia, low, attacking
aerodynamic downhill position. Eating up the ground on the flats at
the top and she will take the most direct line possible down the
Olympia, and she goes. Full speed ahead for Lara Gut. Emerging into
the sunshine at the bottom, and then on the clock, she trails by 100th of
a second. A nice turn from Lara Gut, that is where Siebenhofer came
unstuck. Sophia dodgier leads for Italy but Lara Gut is on the charge
and the Italian celebrations might be short lived -- Goggia. Lara Gut
has not won a World Cup downhill but she has been unstoppable in super G.
Three races, three victories plus a win in giant slalom at the end of
October. She is second in the downhill standings behind Ilka
Stuhec. She would love to get one over on the Italians and the
Slovenians today and win here with the last downhill of the season
before the World Championships, which will be a home race for Gut in
St Moritz. So far, so good. 15 hundredths of a second away. Gut
looks to be in solid shape, off the final jump. Has she clawed back the
time? Yes. She takes it by five hundredths of a second. The top two
separated by just five hundredths of the second. Gut and Goggia, and
neither of them had a perfect run. Gut was great on the top part of the
course but took the foot of the gas as she went around the panorama
term, but then on the last turn, coming on to the cheese wedge jump,
she took a little different line that is Bobby Watt gained her the
lead, but they could both be beaten -- that is probably what gained her.
Vonn back in style with a victory at the weekend, and the last time that
the women raced here in Cortina, Vonn did the double, winning the
downhill and the super G, 12 months ago on successive days. She would
love to beat Gut. The two enjoy a fierce rivalry and Vonn has the
early green. Terrific start from Vonn. No, she's down. She is in
trouble. She is only just back injury, remember. There we see it,
Lindsay Vonn not as invincible as we thought. That definitely played on
her mental confidence, she speed checked and then was passive over
the Delta skip and it was almost a carbon copy of a crash yesterday.
Vonn is fine, no damage done. Lara Gut takes her first downhill win of
the season ahead of Sophia dodgier -- Sofia Goggia.
The last race, even the super G that I won, I was not 100%. You have do
put everything together to win, and it was great to win here, and it's
amazing in the sunshine and it's cool. I had confidence going into
today and they shaved the jump a little bit but I still caught some
air and I caught the edge funny. That is the ultimate test for your
body, two crashes back-to-back. I do not want to be testing my body any
more. I am too old and broken to be leading the fence that hard. The
classic Olympia course claims Lara Gut as the winner.
Earlier this week, the men's World Cup classics
concluded in Schladming with the incredible night slalom.
After Dave Ryding's historic result in Kitzbuehel,
British interest there was higher than ever, including our own
It is the loudest and most raucous race of the year. 50,000 Austrian
fans will go absolutely bananas if they see a home win. But there is
one man in top form who could ruin their party. Britain's own Dave
Ryding. Dave Ryding away and out of the gates. Holding his nerve, and he
is rocking, and Dave Ryding rewrites the record books. He is second. That
is sensational. The first British racer on a World Cup podium since
1981. It has gone crazy around here. I can't walk down the street without
being hounded by people. It's cool, and you have to embrace it. I didn't
think it would happen, and it's caught me by surprise, but at the
same time it is nice. I will just focus on my skiing are not think too
much about it. We will see. I am been watching Dave skiing for more
than five years and when he showed up for the first time in Europe I
already knew that he is very keen technically, very smooth and very
keen, and now he has the speed it is just amazing. If, you are for
example, from England, you have to do everything by yourself. This is a
really, really awesome story. You are in the top seven in the world so
you get to draw a number from one up to seven. There must be some nervous
about going first in front of 50,000 Austrians? For sure. Any new
experience in life is nervous, so we have do step up to the plate and do
some good skiing. Dave Ryding might have looked out of place at the
draw, but he was a picture of determination and focus in the
start-up. Keen to prove that he belongs among the slalom elite. If
there was any extra pressure on him after his performance in Kitzbuhel
well, no signs of it as he skied beautifully to lay down a
competitive time. The question was, how many could beat him? Well, only
three. It was back to business for Henrik Kristofferson after crashing
last weekend. Last year 's winner looked imperious, knocking out a
1.18 second lead. Marcel Hirscher skied in typically aggressive
fashion to lie second, but over half a second behind Kristofferson, and
Ryding's training partner lies third after an impressive run. Stefano
Gross could not be the time of Ryding but matched it to take joint
fourth. The Italian will race after Ryding in run number two. Notable
names behind the Britain include Manfred mole in a disappointing 12.
Daniel Yule finished the first run in 11th but he did well to finish at
all. The Swiss number one ended up on his back but, crucially, kept his
skis on the right side of the gate. The pressure on Dave Ryding going
into the race must have been enormous. Kristofferson and Hirscher
are in a league of their own, but Dave Ryding is as good as anyone
else in the world and is perfectly positioned for the second run. Matt
Chilton has a commentary. Manuel Vilela is next to go, 11th after the
first run. -- Feller. His advantage over the leader is just under half a
second. He brings 0.46 to the second run. An explosive start from Manuel
Feller. No mistakes so far. Skiing with beautiful turns. Feller still
in front on the next split. It remains around the half a second
mark. The turns in that section were slightly more laboured, but he's
starting to accelerate again now. An advantage of 0.2 four. A cacophony
of noise now at the foot of the course as Manuel Feller takes the
lead. Into first position. A great run from Manuel Feller and that has
upped the level of the volume in the finish, but it is an important race
for the Austrian because there is only four of them that can race in
the World Championships in just a few weeks' time, and that has booked
Feller's ticket to St Moritz. Brilliant skiing top to bottom.
Felix Neureuther next to ski for Germany. Didn't finish the second
run near a year ago. He's been runner-up here in the past. He has
ten slalom World Cup wins to his name. On his way. The German drives
hard out of the start gate. A huge fan club for him here tonight. Can
he make it count? Comes in with a lead of 21 hundredths. It's been
reduced to seven hundredths. By the time he finds himself. 32 years old.
He's not going to finish again. Neureuther's woes continue for a
second year in Schladming. The Frenchman, 37, .35 his advantage
over Feller, who leads the way for Austria and waits at the bottom of
the mountain. He didn't finish the second run last weekend. .35 is his
lead. Whittled down to just .1 three. As Lizeroux starts to settle
into the rid of the pattern of gates. Set by one of the French
coaches. Skidded sideways. Didn't seem to lose too much speed. Is
advantage had increased again. He was up to two tenths. Lizeroux using
all his experience. He's now. Seven tenths. Bit of home advantage here.
The French coach responsible for the pattern of gates. Lizeroux has taken
full advantage to lead in Schladming. The 37-year-old
Frenchman, first in the night race. A great run from Lizeroux. Stumbled
a little bit on the top of the course but when it got onto the
steep, the Hill hanging away from him, it was so good, able to bend
that ski and shorten the radius of the turn. Brilliant skiing from the
Frenchman. Dave Riding is ready to race in Schladming. The number one,
the Pathfinder in the first run. Equal fourth. Ryding ready to go.
Runner-up on Sunday. The first British World Cup Alpine skier
racing podium since 1981. On his way. Three hundredths is advantage
over Lizeroux. It's been reduced, trailing by 1300. .39, going in the
wrong direction for Dave Riding. Needs to find a bit of speed and
acceleration. We saw it from Lizeroux. Can we see it's now from
Dave Ryding. Gone the wrong way, .67 down. He can't fight back from that
sort of deficit. Top five still possible. Ryding skis for the line.
Dave Ryding not able to find the clean edge he found on the first
run, skidding ever so slightly in the terms. It still skewered him a
top ten result in the last race before the World Championships. --
it's still secured. Stefano Gross fourth quickest after the first
round. The Italian is on his way. The 30-year-old. As, clean turns to
start. He won't be far from Lizeroux's time. He's in front. Nice
opening from Stefano Gross. Third in Madonna on home the snow just before
Christmas, his best result recently. Living dangerously, two hundredths
behind, Lizeroux, who leads for France. Couple of mistakes,
struggling to of the rot. This is where Lizeroux really got going.
Stefano Gross is three tenths behind. It's going to take a miracle
finish for the Italian to get past Lizeroux. He's gone second. It was
almost a miracle finish. Lizeroux clings on by the skin of his teeth.
A few Russian fans here tonight. There is their man. He's had one
World Cup win and it came here in 2015. Third after the first run.
Five hundredths of a second quicker than Lizeroux. 15 hundredths of a
second quicker than Lizeroux after the first run. His lead is almost
intact, it's been reduced fractionally. In good shape here.
The taste of victory still relatively fresh. Nine hundredths.
Green all the way for the Russian. Can't afford any mistakes. It was
the second half of this course where Lizeroux seems to accelerate into a
different dimension. You will need to do the same, Khoroshilov, he's up
by almost half a second. The Russian is carving sensational terms. Will
he lead again in Schladming? He will, massive advantage for
Khoroshilov. Nine tenths of a second.
He loves this hill in Schladming and has a similar technique to Dave
Ryding, doesn't look too aggressive. Makes the speed by being ultraclean
and it works on the super steep hill. Neureuther has run down a
great run but there are some fast skiers left. -- Khoroshilov has run
a great run. The World Cup overall standings
leader, Marcel Hirscher, the last but one man on the mountain bidding
to win the night race for the second time. Beautiful through the first
few terms. He is attacking, look at him go, brilliant start. Half a
second turns into almost a full second advantage for magnificent
Marcel Hirscher, one of the greatest slalom runs I'd ever seen on Sunday
to beat Dave Ryding into second. He's turning it on again tonight.
The noise level is absolutely deafening. Marcel Hirscher rips it
up. More than a second in front, it's been reduced now. A massive
advantage of .7 four. He goes for glory. He's got it by half a second.
What a start. Interestingly, didn't hold that speed all the way down.
The gate is still open for Kristofferson to take the win here.
A study in deep concentration. Looking for his fifth World Cup win
this season. The winner in Madonna. He didn't
his second run in the night race, a race he has won twice before. .32,
his lead. His lead sliced apart. It's still green for Kristofferson.
Steady terms now. .02, that has brought a cheer. The red light on as
Kristofferson stumbles through a few of the terms in the middle part of
the course. Is it aggressive enough? Kristofferson is behind. .1 four. It
might be Marcel Hirscher's night or can enter Kristofferson carved his
way to victory? He's done it! Nine hundredths of a second. Marcel
Hirscher beaten by a whisker. Christophers and doesn't like it
when the gates are closed together with not much offset, so he couldn't
match Marcel Hirscher on the top of the course, lost all of his
advantage, the light turned red. Over the last roller, where the gate
is really offset, he was able to generate enough speed to claw back
the deficit from the top part of the course and nicked it again. I'm
getting closer to Henrik. He deserved it. He skied excellently.
Did you have a point to prove after crashing out or did it put more
pressure on you? I said it didn't affect me. It affected me a little
bit for sure. It's only human to be affected. That's life. I charged at
the bottom, so pretty good. I was feeling in my legs between the runs.
I did what I could. I couldn't commit to going straight and getting
that quick snap on. I wouldn't say I was disappointed, but I had more in
May, couldn't get it out. Kristofferson takes the win by nine
hundredths of a second. Khoroshilov third for Russia. Ryding continues
his excellent run of form with ten. At the world Alpine para skiing
Championships, Billy Knight and Brett Wild took gold in the downhill
event. -- Millie Knight. A busy but brilliant few days for the GB Park
and pipe freestyle athletes. Jamie Nicholls won silver at the World Cup
slopestyle event on Friday. Billie Morgan and Rowan Coultas finished
fourth and seventh. Amy Fuller placed fifth
in the women's snowboard event, while Katie Summerhayes took fourth
in the ski slopestyle yesterday. And at the prestigious
Winter X Games in Colorado, James Woods just missed out
on the podium, finishing fourth The GB success didn't end there.
Katie Ormerod won bronze in the snowboard slopestyle and fifth in
the big air competition. On Saturday, you can watch Katie
and the world's best snowboarders at the Innsbruck Air and Style
big air competition. It's live on the red
button, BBC Sport website We'll have extended highlights
on next week's Ski Sunday. We're nearly at the end of the show
but before we leave we've got time for ski social.
As is so often the case after you've done a course run,
you've had a few questions about how you do it.
Andrew asks why you don't wear a helmet or chest mounted camera,
If I have the camera on my chest or helmet whenever I land from a jump
the picture will get a real shock. If I have it in my hand I can use
the gyroscopic stabilised gimbal which makes the pictures incredibly
stable. And Nik wants to know
what percentage you go I'm about 30 seconds out, but I lose
most of my speed on the flat part of the course. On the steep where the
races are going 90, I'll be doing 75. I'm not kidding myself, if I was
to race nowadays I would be soundly beaten, these guys are much bigger,
stronger, and a whole lot younger than I am. You're still doing the
strike past 50. Don't use the F word. Now I am going to do is the S
word, this is Christine Still shedding aged 78, congratulations.
If I was still doing that Hanan Khan at that age, I'd be pushing. This
proves it can breathes life into anybody. I think that is the
schnapps. Now we couldn't have a programme
entirely devoted to racing without sneaking in a little
bit of snowboarding. If you ever wondered
how good the pros were, check out what Arthur Longo's done
on the relatively tame Just goes to show you don't have
to be in huge back country terrain or a super park to shoot
beautiful video parts. To watch the whole clip, you can,
it's called euphoria. Keep sending your questions,
videos and pictures in. I'm afraid that's
all we have time for. And after indulging in Alpine this
week, next week we have something we're in Innsbruck for the Air
and Style big air competition. It'll be loud, and the riders
will be going large, in the battle Tom Jones, obviously.