Action from Stockholm, host city of an iconic dual slalom event. Jenny Jones catches up with Katie Ormerod, the British snowboarder hoping to win an Olympic medal.
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Welcome to Ski Sunday. For the final
show of the season we are heading to
one of the last World Cup side of
the winter Olympics, the city slalom
It's an event as much
as a race with each skier going head
to head in competition. The men and
women's fields are here so it's
nonstop action in the Swedish
Later in the programme we
hear from Katie Ormerod who wants to
emulate the success of Jenny Jones
in bringing home the winter unfixed
medal and with the game is days away
who better to go and speak to her?
It's amazing to see the progression
of women's writing, tricks you are
winning with four years ago would
probably not even get you on the
First it's the racing from Stockholm
and the men's field includes Dave
Ryding who has got an own excellent
record in city events, he was forth
here last year and fourth in Oslo
earlier this season, beating Marcel
I know you love these city events,
what makes it so special?
unique. Man on man. Just send it and
see how you do. You need a bit of
luck as well but you can make a bit
of luck yourself.
Do you go back to
the days you are racing for England
on dry slopes every weekend, you
have got the skills.
It's the same
mentality. Everything is the same
it's just slightly different. But
the mentality is the same so I can
drop on that, starch, people next.
If you make time up you have to
risk. Definite advantage.
pleased to say Jimmy Olcott is with
us now, this discipline is different
to anything else, who doesn't suit?
It's the only discipline where it
depends on the body shape of the
athletes so the bigger athletes, the
heavier ones cross block the gate,
go through it. Smaller athletes and
especially the girls go round the
gate. So it's really different.
that in mind why has Dave Riding
done so well?
He trained this all
the way through his youth on dry
slopes, this is what they raced
every weekend so he can produce the
short and intense burst of effort
and concentrate in the start.
Question for you both, whisper
quietly, could this be Britain's
first World Cup victory?
already proved himself with his
fourth in Oslo in this discipline,
he is on form in slalom. I think if
it comes together it will be amazing
But in the first round he
is up against Matthaus tag in the
local hero who will have all of his
family cheering for him so it will
be a tough first round. I don't
think is even thinking beyond that.
That brings us nicely to the other
contenders, with this ground and
atmosphere you have to think it
favours the Swedes.
will be there and thereabouts but in
the last few years Andre has got
very good at the discipline and is
good at the cross blocking
What about the women?
is slightly more open, absence
tonight to focus on the Olympics.
The local girl in the top side of
the drop. It's going to be amazing.
They are on form and will be
This is when traditionally
we will give you a course run but
there are two side to a parallel
slalom luckily we have two ex-World
Cup racers and it was too good an
opportunity to miss. Who's going to
Let me start, first of all I
know he will use age against me that
two weeks ago this incredible skier
threw himself down with the camera.
Last year I had my ACL reconstructed
and I had a baby, how many babies
did you have?
I will see you at the
Get up there, I am looking
forward to this so much. They might
have played it down but they both
desperately want to win. The
competitive fire burns as strongly
in both of them today as it did at
the top of their careers. I will
Mind games from Chemmy.
I think I got like the start just
ahead of Chemmy.
I can see him at
the corner of my eye.
Coming out of
the jump! She is a gate ahead, it is
That was so messy.
head out of the start but after that
first you were away.
I could hear
you all the way and I was like I
have got him! Then I got a bit
confident and I thought let's go.
was too far back.
What an amazing
opportunity for us as beans to be
able do that.
very entertaining, time for the real
race, 16 men and women ready to do
battle. Matt Chilton has the best of
the action from the early rounds.
Fourth course is made up of just 18
gates. -- both courses. The time
difference from the first-run
decides when the gates open and the
second run. In the women's draw the
opening round went largely to form
with all of the top seeds being
handed victory after mistakes by
their opponents. They barely had to
break sweat in making it through to
the last eight. Wendy did not have
it all her own way, the inform third
seed had a tough draw against the
German. She has won World Cup in
this format and took the first leg.
But when they came storming back in
the return run to make it through by
just eight hundredths of a second.
By the first leg of the
quarterfinals Wendy seemed to have
found her form, looking a strong
favourite to make the semi. Big
mistake to earn a sizeable lead in
the first leg. By contrast they were
separated by just 400 's of a second
setting things up nicely. For the
concluding runs from the women's
Time for the second run in the
quarterfinal. Half a second is the
advantage after the first leg in
favour of the Swede who starts
early. She's on her way. The best
slalom skier on the World Cup tour.
Step-down, good landing. Struggling.
Frieda has the crowd on her feet.
She goes to to the semifinal. Good
control of the jump. Made the turn
Nina Trails by 0.3 three. A third of
a second between the opening of the
gates. The Austrian on the
right-hand side in the red course
gets away nicely.
gets away nicely. She's almost out
of the course but actually the
Norwegian has done well, brilliant
jumper. She's gained a huge amount
of ground. She might just overturn
this and she does. She is through to
the semifinal, what a fight back.
Bernadette will be disappointed she
did not capitalise on the lead she
had after the first run. Wendy's
lead over Cristina is just over a
third of a second. She is the
favourite for this. The blue course
for Switzerland. Of the role a
little late on Wendy. Of the jump in
good shape. Her opponent well and
truly beating, excellent skiing from
Wasn't all plain sailing for Wendy
but after the mistake at the top she
The Slovakian in the red course this
time, a fraction to find, next to
nothing between these two. You will
barely be able to see the difference
in the opening of the gates. Four
hundredths of a second. Got jammed
up, terrible start. Went early. Skis
got held on the side of the gate,
cruising through to take this one.
The Italian has got the race on her
hands. Here Hamza Petra, has she
done it? She has, remarkable.
done it? She has, remarkable. Irene
seriously annoyed with herself.
Petra should have lost it but the
tenacity shown to get back in the
race and win the race. In the men's
draw the first round saw something
of an upset. The 15th seed beating
number two. But the defending
champion is a specialist in the
formats of his victory did not raise
too many eyebrows. It would not have
been the case had Clement backed up
his first-round win over Marcel
Hirscher. His Austrian team-mate
appeared to be joining him,
disqualified for struggling with
gate. The third made comfortable
progress as did both Swedes in the
men's draw. Andre looked very strong
against Jonathan. And Dave Ryding
was sawn off in a very tight battle.
A repeat of last year semifinal with
the same outcome.
There are no
slouches, it's the top 16 in the
world so I am up against it. It's
just one of those things and I will
come back fighting next time.
quarterfinal first leg almost took
out his opponent. He will have do
overturn have a second deficit in
the second run. A big advantage over
Daniel, for a place in the semi
looking likely for the big Swede. It
was rivals Austria against
Switzerland in the remaining
quarterfinals and the Swiss have the
upper hand. A third of a second
behind the surprise of the
Work to do for the Austrian great.
Quarterfinal second leg is about to
get underway. Second run of this
men's quarterfinal between Marcel
Hirscher. Marcel Hirscher,
Switzerland versus Austria. Aerni's
gate will open fractionally ahead.
Marcel Hirscher any scrap, cross
blocking. Beautiful speed. Aerni
just about in front of the jump,
fantastic flight from Aerni. Has
Marcel Hirscher done enough, I don't
think so! He is out, beaten by Aerni
by eight hundredths of a second.
Aerni the master of the jump.
Magnificent skiing from the Swiss.
Yule trails by half a second, one of
Myhrer the tallest men in the
competition. Away they go. Punching
away the paddle, cross blocking
technique. Myhrer is a master of it
and Yule has no chance here. Myhrer
winning comfortably. Yule never got
into that one. The technique arms
raised. Punching the panel out of
A place in the semifinal up for
grabs. Ramon Zenhaeusern on the
right. Michael Matt trying to get
back on level terms.
back on level terms. Drops off the
roller and squashes it with his
knees and he opens up a wide lead
and this is sensational skiing from
Ramon Zenhaeusern who takes his
place in the semifinal.
Again, the cross blocking technique.
The second run between Mattias
Hargin and Linus Strasser. Linus
Strasser won this event 12 months
ago. Target is a crowd favourite but
he has do play catch up. Mattias
Hargin trying to come from half a
second down, hoping for a mistake
from Lena Strasser but so far none
is forthcoming -- Linus Strasser.
Now he is closing the gap and he is
alongside but he cannot get it done.
Linus Strasser scrapes through.
Mattias Hargin came close but not
quite good enough.
No shortage of drama in the early
No shortage of drama in the early
rounds. It has been almost a one-man
show for Andre Myhrer.
He is looking
really strong, powering through
every heat. But interesting Marcel
Hirscher started to cross blog and
it did not work because you have to
be big and tall to make it work. One
person taller and that is Ramon
Zenhaeusern and if they meet in the
final it will be the clash of the
And looking at the women, it
is wide open.
Four talented girls
going forward from all quite equal
with their skill level. The Swedes
have Frida Hansdotter who has proved
so far but now she is racing Nina
Haver-Loeseth who put her out last
year. She has the bit between her
teeth. And Wendy Holdener and Petra
Vlhova, more big talent.
COMMENTATOR: Nina Haver-Loeseth on
the blue course, Frida Hansdotter is
the crowd favourite from Sweden in
the red. Frida Hansdotter the more
successful on the World Cup. But a
different sort of pressure now as
they go shoulder to shoulder down
this hill in Stockholm. Decent start
from Frida Hansdotter, Nina
Haver-Loeseth squashes the role and
is late in the turn and now the
jump. Nina Haver-Loeseth is right in
this great and it's going to be
tight and a narrow lead. Nine
hundredths of a second after the
first run in favour of Frida
Hansdotter. Petra Vlhova on the blue
course, Wendy Holdener in the red
and these tee know each other well
and regularly do battle in the
classic slaloms and giant slalom is
on the World Cup tour. The gates
will open simultaneously in this
first run. Vlhova in blue, off and
running in Stockholm, a much better
start from Wendy Holdener. She is in
control. A couple of mistakes
creeping in from Vlhova and then
Wendy Holdener goes wide off the
jump but manages to correct it and a
good recovery and she takes an
advantage of 0.37 into the second
Second run between Frida Hansdotter
and Nina Haver-Loeseth.
The lights flashing. And they are
released onto the course in
Stockholm nine hundred and thicken
already clawed back by Nina
Haver-Loeseth. She is shoulder to
shoulder with Frida Hansdotter and
the pressure on Hansdotter and she
has made a mistake! Haver-Loeseth
could silence the Swedish crowd and
she does! A great fightback! Nina
Haver-Loeseth is through to the
The crowd goes silent because
Frida Hansdotter was the last Swede
left in the competition and the
girls side. Nina Haver-Loeseth took
her down with some amazing skiing in
the top section and that is her
first podium of the season.
Holdener is leading by 0.37 second
after the first run. Will it be
enough? Her cake is open and one
third of a second later Vlhova is
released. Holdener squashes the role
perfectly, no mistakes from the
Swiss. The pressure is on Vlhova and
she is taking risks, it is smooth
and accurate from Wendy Holdener and
she gets it done to go through to
the final by just under half a
second. It will be Holdener against
Nina Haver-Loeseth in the women's
Holdener cruising to victory
over Vlhova. She showed early nerves
in the first round but they are now
The men's semifinal first run.
Andre Myhrer of Sweden in the blue,
Luca Aerni from Switzerland in the
red. The gates will open
simultaneously. Myhrer in blue,
Aerni in red. A powerful start an
excellent forward propulsion coming
out of the gate and the early
advantage with Myhrer as he goes
into this familiar high and cross
blocking technique but Aerni is
closing the gap. A little mistake
from the Swiss and Myhrer take an
early lead of almost half a second.
That has got them on their feet. In
the blue course this time is Linus
Strasser from Germany. His opponent
is the tall and powerful were among
poison -- Ramon Zenhaeusern. The
first run between the German and the
Swiss and Zenhaeusern was a little
sluggish coming out at the start and
Strasser has the early lead but now
Zenhaeusern goes to work. Off the
jump a little wide, does he have the
power? Closing the gap and he might
just get ahead and it is tight.
Zenhaeusern get in front by one
hundred of a second. Fine margins.
Luca Aerni this time in the blue
course. Andre Marriner is always a
head gully favourite in his head to
head races -- always a favourite.
His gate will open most officer can
earlier than his opponent's. Away
goes Myhrer closely followed by
Aerni who can see his opponent.
Aerni hoping for a mistake from
Andre Myhrer but he makes the
mistake and Myhrer is in total
control. Aerni tried too hard and he
cannot overhaul the league and
Myhrer is in the final. The worst he
can finish is second now.
Marriner has not put a foot wrong
tonight, absolutely impeccable
skiing -- Andre Myhrer. Also
absorbing the top role so he can
carry his speed and cruising off the
jump, that was brilliant.
Zenhaeusern as the tightest possible
advantage over the winner from last
year, Linus Strasser.
I'm not even sure that we can detect
a difference in the opening times.
They are underweight. For the second
time, second run in this semifinal
and the advantage of Zenhaeusern is
just 100 and Strasser is right
alongside, neck and neck and a
German makes a mistake and it is
clean and direct from Zenhaeusern
and he takes it. He is in the final,
the two tallest man in the
competition, Zenhaeusern and Myhrer
will go head-to-head.
Zenhaeusern, the giant Swiss, the
first time he had ever raced in this
city format and he takes out the
champion from last year and he is
getting quicker and quicker with
every run. It will be very tight
between him and Myhrer in the final.
The losers of the semifinals faced
each other in the small finals to
battle it out for the bronze. Frida
Hansdotter got caught in the
back-seat come off the jump and was
left sliding down the course which
gave Petra Vlhova an advantage which
she could not overhaul. Luca Aerni
and Linus Strasser were very close
in the first run and the second was
just as competitive and it was the
winner from last year, Linus
Strasser, who took the win and the
bronze medal. The women's final,
Wendy Holdener of Switzerland and
Nina Haver-Loeseth of Norway.
Nina Haver-Loeseth of Norway. The
first run and the gates open at the
same time with Holdener in blue and
Haver-Loeseth in red and a slight
mistake of the roller from Wendy
Holdener but she handles the jump
brilliantly and she has left Nina
Haver-Loeseth behind. A good start
from Holdener as she takes a lead of
0.35 into the second run.
The two big men have finally made it
through to do battle in the final.
Ramon Zenhaeusern of Switzerland
starting on the blue course. Andre
Myhrer of the host nation Sweden is
in the red. The first run and away
they go. Identical starting
technique. Similar cross blocking.
They are turn for turn, it is
synchronised between them! Who is
going to take the early lead?
Unbelievable racing and Zenhaeusern
is leading by four hundredths of a
second. The last run of the day in
the women's competition and Holdener
is the early favourite. She starts
first and Haver-Loeseth to try to
claw it back. Smooth skiing in the
early stages. Haver-Loeseth hoping
for a mistake, opponent and there it
is! And Holdener goes down and that
opens the gate for Nina
Haver-Loeseth to take her first win
for three years! Haver-Loeseth
winning in Stockholm. Wendy Holdener
will be distraught. She had the
early lead, a mistake off the jump
allowed her opponent in an
heartbreak for Wendy Holdener.
shows how much you have too focused
to the finish line, Wendy Holdener
had that in the bag and
Haver-Loeseth chipped away at her,
Wendy made a mistake and Nina took
They have said these
courses using GPS. There should be
no discernible difference between
the two courses. A tolerance of five
millimetres allowed. And a
difference of four hundredths of a
second between these two after their
first run. Zenhaeusern with the
slight lead and he gets going
fractionally in front of Myhrer who
battles straight back into
contention. Neck and neck again.
Once again it is synchronised, a
great jump from Zenhaeusern, Myhrer
fighting back, can the Swiss silence
the Swedish fans? Yes he can!
Ramones annoys's first ever World
Cup win comes in the Stockholm
parallel slalom -- Ramon
He cross blocked the
gate after the jump, that was
maximum risk. It could all have gone
horribly wrong but he just clung on
to take the victory and silence the
Swedish crowd. Wow.
It was my
to take the victory and silence the
Swedish crowd. Wow.
It was my first
time in the city event and I tried
it yesterday, my second time in my
life trying the city event with the
gate up there. It's crazy!
final you would have seen when the
crash, did you realise you had it?
Not really until I crossed the line
but I kind of saw her and I thought
she was in front of me a little bit.
And suddenly she was gone. You don't
really see it until you cross the
What perfect timing to
be reaching your peak in the last
race before the Olympic Games?
it has been a hard season for me so
far, up and down so this little
confidence boost, I'm going to
cherish it all the way to the
Olympics and try to send it.
Time... To follow... The fearless.
raised. Punching the panel out of
The Winter Olympics are just days
away and the sense of anticipation
is palpable, Jenny Jones made
history winning a bronze medal in
Sochi in snowboarding but back then
in the squad was a very un-Katie
Ormerod who narrowly missed out on
travelling to Russia. But the
heartbreak of missing out has
fuelled her rise to the very top of
The Olympics is unlike any other
competition in snowboarding. It's so
much bigger. Katie is only 20 so I
have come to see how she is dealing
with the pressure of being a real
All I have been thinking about
is this Olympics, it's so exciting.
It's really stressful now as well
because I am trying to get the
benefit between training and trying
new tricks safely. It keeps me up at
The team are just warming up this
morning. Getting the speed right on
the kickers. Usually straight and
then they can progress to more
Katie is still one of the youngest
in the squad but she is part of the
furniture. She has been with the
team three years. I was thinking I
have never been here before then I
remembered this was one of the first
foreign trips you came on.
first came here when I was 13, I got
sponsored and they took me out here
with the rest of the European team
and I got to go in the mountains
without my parents were the first
time so it was exciting.
seeing you in a dorm and I thought
look at those little ones going
Yes, grew up, it was really
cool. It was that long ago. I cannot
remember life without snowboarding.
Can you remember the first time you
It was on dry slopes, my dad
was teaching me how to go over the
big kicker for the first time, we
saw another girl doing it and my dad
said I think you can do it, we
watched her do it a few times and
then he sent me off.
Did you want to
I was so excited.
And you got
better and better.
I went whenever I
could and loved it.
qualify for the first ever Olympics
how old were you?
I was 15.
young! When did you work out you had
not quite got in?
It was when I had
just done my second qualification
run in Tibet and I knew I needed to
get into the final to go and I think
I messed up my first run so I needed
it on my second one and I went the
tiniest bit too big and hand dragged
it and I knew instantly I was not
going. I was so gutted.
And it was
by a really small amount wasn't it?
I think I missed out by one or two
spots. It was so close. I was really
sad for a couple of weeks but I put
it behind me and thought I want to
watch it and see my team-mates do
well. I really enjoyed watching it,
it was cool.
What were your thoughts
on the Olympics after that moment
for yourself, did you not want to
know about it or was it a goal?
was definitely a goal because you
did so well and I knew I wanted to
go to the next Olympics so I
concentrated on that, training and
Still four years away at
It has all I have been
Right now she's just
having one of those days, every
athlete gets them and it can be so
frustrating especially when all the
elements are there that day, you're
thinking yes, game on I will get
some tracks down and it just doesn't
happen. I really feel for her
especially as the Olympics are
coming up and everyday counts. But
Katie is really resilient. She's
always been someone that dusts
herself down and keeps going just as
she did after failing to qualify for
After the Olympics this
opportunity came up where I could go
and try to do the first ever that
the girl has done and I thought I
will take this opportunity to redeem
myself. I wanted to prove myself I
could still do it.
Just have a
I goal, yeah. I landed it
and I was really stoked. I felt it
was a great start, I got invites to
bigger contests that I've not had
before and I thought now I feel like
I am in the game.
You have had a few
injuries. But it's part and parcel
of snowboarding. When we came out to
watch you in Sierra Nevada what
It was the World
Championships and I just dropped in
for the first rung of the second
training day and got the speed
completely wrong and caught my heel
edge on a landing and went smack and
broke my back which was not cool.
And you're laughing as you say that.
I know, it is crazy. Luckily it was
minor and I got away with it and I
am back to full strength.
Looks like Katie is ramping up
tricks. Just shows one little flick
in the brain and things change and
you are back in the game. It's
amazing to see the progression of
women's riding. Tricks you are
winning with four years ago probably
will not even get you on the podium
now. How was that? She's happy! Last
season Katie really made her mark
winning a first World Cup event.
Securing a brilliant X games bronze
The X games has always been
one of the biggest contest in action
sports, only eight girls get invited
so it was a huge thing anyway and
then to get the medal was a dream
Getting so close now to
the Olympics, who would you say your
Anna and Jamie and
Are you aware of the tricks
they are doing?
Yeah, on social
media assume someone does a good
trick they put it on straightaway.
Do you feel there is pressure? Do
you notice people think hang on,
Katie is getting results?
there's a bit more expectation and I
had before because I'm getting
recognised more in the street which
is weird. But I am using it as a
good thing. Trying to take the
adrenaline and put it into my
contests, hopefully it will do me
Going to the Olympics this
time you have slopestyle and big
air, in my mind I think wicked, two
goes to do well. Do you think you're
stronger in one than the other.
have more big air World Cup podiums
than slopestyle but I got bronze at
the X games in slopestyle so I think
it evens out.
Say you are at the
Olympics and get the results you
want and you come away with a medal.
How do you feel you will be affected
I think it will change my
life a little.
Are you ready for it?
Yes I think my life will get more
crazy and hectic but I am excited.
Hopefully I will get a medal. See
what the future brings.
I am rooting
Before we leave you we've just got
time for the social, we ask for your
pictures and videos and you never
let us down. You have delivered a
adventure, first backflip year. We
have hired creativity.
What are you
passion. We have had our faith in
the sport we love reinforced.
twins both have ADHD and Tommy also
has autism but skiing is a passion
which gives him a sense of belonging
like nothing else.
And after last
week 's slalom and what we saw
earlier tonight we have had people
asking if the racers lose time
hitting the gates as hard as they do
and I notice you don't hit them?
downhill you don't want to do it
because at 90 mph it hurts but in
slalom the force you need is
negligible to the benefit you get
from skiing a tighter line, if you
go tighter line it's a shorter
distance so quicker time. Also a
question asking how do you know if
you are a regular or goofy when you
are learning to snowboard?
an easy and fun test. Turnaround,
push the person, which ever leg they
put down to stop them should be the
front leg. But increasingly people
are setting up snowboards for
beginners as Abbey stands, that way
you get a couple of days to work it
out for yourself because there are a
lot of people who don't know if they
are a regular or goofy so you have
the advantage of maybe never making
a preference and that we will always
If you want to be
totally symmetrical you could just
learn to ski.
I am talking about
going forward and backwards, if you
are on skis going backward you spend
your whole time trying to look over
your bum and it is not look very
symmetrical. We don't need to finish
a perfectly amicable season up to
this point by arguing.
We still have
two weeks together in Pyongyang,
expecting incredible action and
hopefully some British medals.
is the end of the series and you
have sent in brilliant suggestions
for the music for closing montage.
We almost went with Jump but we are
going to go with warm shadow
suggested by Fergus.
Stick with us
for the winter Olympics which start
on Friday, we will see you in 2019
on Ski Sunday.
# Keep those eyes closed
I have made
those goggles which replicate my
I'm going to have a go down
What are you thinking now? Wishing
you had not drawn that picture.
can be a real game changer. I am
talking about this.
We are ready to
A few snowballs coming in.
I will ski forever, dude.
really hurt when you get to 35.
in trouble, that's a big hit. The
German skiing to make history.
I want to do well for myself but I
want to do well for the LGBT
community, I want to be the sports
guy and get a medal.
How is that?
Here comes Dave Ryding. The crowd
cheering him in.
I love how free it
feels. It's like flying, it's
Let's go flying.
You can see... Oh my word!
are on fire. An almost perfect run.
That is so fun.
A different class!
I have got goose
bumps all over.
Marcel Hirscher wins again!
now getting very excited about the
biggest winter Olympics ever.
The final Ski Sunday before the Winter Olympics comes from Stockholm, host city of an iconic dual slalom event. The best men and women in the world compete in a thrilling knockout format, with two racers battling it out on course at the same time. Jenny Jones catches up with Katie Ormerod, the British snowboarder hoping to follow in her footsteps and win an Olympic medal.