Radzi Chinyanganya presents extended highlights of the men's normal hill final in the ski jumping and the women's 7.5km sprint in biathlon.
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We'll start at the ski jumping
and the men's normal hill event.
Poland's Kamil Stoch
is the man to beat.
The double Olympic champion from
2014 in the normal hill and a large
hill. He is vying to become the
first man ever to win the double
double in consecutive Olympics and
with that in mind, let's find out a
bit more about how the sport works.
Ski jumping takes place on the
normal hill all the large hill.
Competitors typically jump further
than the length of a football pitch
at speeds of up to 90 mph. Distance
is the biggest factor in success but
points are also awarded for style in
outrun, posture, flight and landing.
Points for distance are determined
by where a jumper lands in relation
to the Cape point which is the
equivalent of a par school involved.
If an athlete jumps beyond the mark,
they get extra points. If they come
up short, they lose points. Each
competitor has tee jumps which are
combined in the final standings.
Japan's Noriaki Kasai became the
oldest ever ski jumping medallist in
Sochi and he is back for a record
eighth Winter Games in Pyeongchang
at the ripe old age of 45.
Over to Ollie Williams who's
in the commentary box for this one.
COMMENTATOR: 45 Herald Noriaki
Kasai, eight Olympic Games, they
love him, he is so popular in the
sport. -- 45-year-old. He did not
even bother with the warm up the
night, if you've done seven
Olympics, why put yourself through
the extra warm up jump, surely you
have got it down packed by now? And
Noriaki Kasai, in his beautiful,
gold jumping soup, will wait to see
if the wind will be hate for him.
Come on, you have tamed age, the
least you can do is tame the wind.
There we go, green. Oh, into the
air! Lovely jump, Noriaki Kasai.
There is a smile. He has been so
nervous this week, it has been
crazy. He is still going and he
thought about going through all the
way to 2026. He is third for now.
Karl Geiger, really impressive in
qualifying, 103.5 metres, that
should be enough to get him through.
120.3, provisional lead.
Stefan Hula from Poland has just
pulled off the kind of jump that you
really want to pull off in an
Olympic final evening. Beautiful,
beautiful jump. You will see there,
coming through, cutting through the
green laser that shows you the
distance to beat, just about stuck
the Telemark landing and almost
before he is on the ground, his arm
is up in the air and his coaches are
celebrating. That is the traditional
fist bump from the Polish coach, and
the judges loved it, 19s across the
board out of 20. 131.8 and Stefan
Hula goes into the provisional lead,
qualifies for the next and second
round of this final with ease.
Robert Johansson and his moustache
escort themselves out onto the
starting gate. Down in a lowly 19th
place and qualifying, Norway, big,
ski jumping nation, we are in a run
of three Norwegians, Robert
Johansson is the first, we will say
Johann Andre Forfang and then Daniel
Andre Tande and any of these could
be contenders for medal. Let's see
how Robert Johansson gets on.
He looked a little unsettled in the
air he is coach looks reasonably
content. I'm not sure he held the
form well enough for the judges.
Maybe a little low. You see, there's
a lot of little adjustment going on
in the air with the arms. Landing is
not too bad. You want to keep your
skis just about shoulder with the
land, that if they can at landing
when you bend your knee and transfer
your weight from your front foot
slowly to the back. -- that is a
Telemark landing. It is all right
from the judges gone into sixth
place. It surely you the level that
athletes demand of themselves is
going up as we go into the
competition because that school is
very respectable but he knows it is
now 12 points off the lead and that
is a big distance. -- that school is
very respectable. Johann Andre
Forfang won the last pre-Olympic
World Cup event. The issue for this
man is consistency. If he can put
together two good jumps in a row,
he's going to be a contender. It
very rarely happens, in the last
World Cup event it happened and he
beat Kamil Stoch, the Olympic
champion from 2014, who we will see
in a few jumps time, by just a
couple of points. Fine margin but he
has a win under his belt, Johann
So, 125.9, goes into second. That is
very solid and that is the first
time we have seen someone get close
to Stefan Hula from Poland. Now
another Norwegian, third in the
triumvirate, Daniel Andre Tande, had
a tooth infection a week, been on
antibiotics, does not really make a
big difference to ski jumpers, it
will just hurt when the cold air is
on your face. A smidgen short. Yeah.
103.5 metres is a couple of what we
saw from Johann Andre Forfang just
now. Equal with Stefan Kraft, the
world champion we saw a few minutes
ago. A little bit later when we get
to the fine around, I'm going to
tell you a story about Daniel Andre
Tande. He's afraid heights. I shall
explain. -- afraid of heights.
Turned 24 last month, and he is the
ski flying world champion where they
go over 200 metres plus. Although
right now, he maybe isn't flying
quite the way he would like.
Starting to feel like the Norwegian
coach is just fist bump, come what
may. 180.7, tenth place and I think
Daniel Andre Tande, with that little
ways, is waving goodbye to his
chance of an Olympic medal. -- 100
18.7. But you never know, we have
seen some of the top jumpers are not
getting what they want, here. You
never know what will happen in the
final round. Andreas Wellinger,
topped in qualifying, surprised
himself as much as anyone else. 22
years old. Ruined his chances of a
medal four years ago with a bad
first-round jump. Now is the time to
put that right, if we get a green
light on the wind. The coach looks
down, tames his eyebrows, gives it
the green flag.
Solid take-off. Good distance. Just
not quite the longest jump we have
seen but I think 104.5, depending on
the form scores from the judges, is
going to leave Andreas Wellinger
just about in contention.
So here is the form. Hold it. Don't
let it waver. Come in to land. Hold
We have already seen Markus
Eisenbichler look really good
tonight for Germany. Andreas
Wellinger goes ahead of both him and
Karl Geiger. 124.9. That brings us
to another German, Richard Freitag.
This man is their favourite. They
think he has the chance to win. Good
distance. Good, good distance. 106
metres, that is going to be a
contender. It is still five metres
of Stefan Hula's monster John from
earlier. But there is a strong
chance Richard Freitag could go
second, here. He had a troubling
build-up to the competition. His
final jump in the competition last
week was only the 28th best, when he
hasn't been among the top three --
when he has been among the top three
all season. He was unsettled by the
wind then so it can't be helped a
night when the wind has been a real
struggle. But that was good. That
looks like it might put him in
contention. Let's see how the judges
reacted. They loved it. 19s, as soon
as you see 19 on the board, you know
someone will be a very happy man,
Richard Freitag goes third, 125.5,
six points off, now defending
Olympic champion Kamil Stoch won the
normal and large hill events in
2014. Qualified in second place
here. Immediately dismissed the jump
he did as not very good. What has he
He has got a big jump, that is what
he has got. That is up there, the
Polish brands loving it -- Polish
fans loving it. Bidding to be the
first man to successfully defend a
normal hill title. He could be the
first to do a double double in
back-to-back games. We saw Simon
Ammann winning double in 2002 and
2010, no one has ever done it
back-to-back. We'll Kamil Stoch be
able to do it? He is the last jumper
of the night. Let's see where he
will fit in. You can see he was a
bit of course, down there. There is
the fist bump. 125.9, into second
place. Well, Kamil Stoch is up
there, never with Johann Andre
Forfang of Norway, but they both
trail Stefan Hula all of Poland by
more than five points. -- level with
Johann Andre Forfang. That will make
it really interesting because Stefan
Hula has come from nowhere to lead
this Olympic ski jump final after
one round of two. Now Daniel Andre
Tande, it might seem somewhat
unlikely for a ski jumper to be
afraid of heights but he says when
he was painting his grandmother's
house, just standing on a ladder on
the first floor and looking down,
his fear was so paralysing it would
take him half an hour to get down so
he used ski jumping as a kid to get
over it. And now here he is, jumping
in the Olympics. That is one way to
get over your fears and what a jump!
What a jump. Daniel Andre Tande
delivers. From his grandmother's
ladder to an incredible Olympic jump
from Daniel Andre Tande. Excellent
distance, 111.5 metres. Just short
of what we saw Pat O'Brien to do but
still very solid. -- just short of
the best we have seen. I think we're
going to see Daniel Andre Tande
ahead into the lead, here.
He is impressed. Daniel Andre Tande
is very impressed.
Judges, are you impressed? They love
it. The new leader is Daniel Andre
Tande. Green light, flagged down.
Finally, a little bit of consistent
action and Robert Johansson, makes
his way down. What a jump! What a
jump! And the aerodynamics on the
moustache have paid off because that
is a fantastic jump from Robert
Johansson of Norway. He was only
19th in qualifying and it didn't
look like he was going to pull out
much here at the winter-macro
Olympics. He is the only member of
the Norwegian team who
the Norwegian team who doesn't have
a World Cup title. Phenomenal jump.
Disposed of the normal fist bumps.
High five. Daniel Andre Tande knows
he will be kicked out of the hot
seat. Fabulous jump. 249.7. Robert
Johansson into first place and we
are starting to run out people to
come. He is Rio Kobayashi, the
youngest. It is good. Wasn't quite
as far as it may be needed to be.
But now, we are at the business end
of this competition, the wind is
letting us get a few jumps in and we
are starting to feel the excitement
of an Olympic final week always knew
could go anyway.
could go anyway. Good,
straightforward. Love the facial
expression. Concentration. Taking in
the scenery in front of him, it is a
good jump, I don't know if it will
be good enough. It is a good jump.
His Olympic debut, his brother's
Olympic debut. Into third for now.
That unseats Simon Ammann, there
will be no medal for suck a macro at
the moment. Now, the surprise German
Wow, he's taking this opportunity.
Watch this jump. Good, solid jump.
Not enough to get him into the
medals. But he, as a 24-year-old,
Karl Geiger, ranked 16th in the
world and not expected to be
operating at the top end, is having
a great Olympics so far.
a great Olympics so far. Distance of
105 metres on this jump. Couldn't
see anything massively wrong from a
judging point of view, it is just
the distance. The scores are good,
just the distance. Fourth place and
he just misses out. Robert
Johansson, gets to hang out in the
hot seat. Another German, he does
have a major event form. Bronze
medal at the World Championships
last year. Again, it is wishing but
it's not maybe enough. Another three
or four metres on that we might have
been talking. Going to be a little
lower than he needed. We have had
113.5, the distance from Robert
Johansson and that is the target to
beat at this point. If anyone goes
above 113.5 at this point, they are
probably going to get an Olympic
medal, possibly gold. When you get
to 106 like this with a bit of an
iffy landing, it won't do it for
Markus Eisenbichler. Fourth place.
Stefan Kraft, the world champion.
World champion at both events,
normal hill and large hell.
Phenomenal 2017. Has struggled this
year. Now would be a very good time
to come out of that. He has to wait
for the wind. He would be the third
Austrian to win an Olympic normal
hill title, if he can pull out
something fantastic when he gets the
green light. They are hoping it
happens. Still here, phenomenal from
the fans. Well past midnight local
time. All those delays, minus 12.
Winter Olympics fans. So, we will
wait for Stefan Kraft. People second
when they held the World Cup on this
hill a year ago as a test event. So
he has form here as the world
champion. He holds the ski flying
world record. He once travelled
253.5 metres in the air. Imagine
that! We looking at just over 100
metres on this hill, it is more than
double the record he holds. Now he
has the green light. What will we
see here? Again, it's not quite up
there. He slaps his hands down onto
his thighs and he knows the world
champion will not become the Olympic
champion. Not tonight, anyway. 103
metres on that jump and it's not
going to be enough at that range. He
can produce the most artistic,
perfectly styled jump in the world,
but it's not going to get you on the
podium if you don't jump far enough.
That is the reaction from the coach.
Stefan Kraft, eighth place, that is
a phenomenally disappointing jump.
What did I tell you, it is not his
season. We are running out of people
who can unseat Robert Johansson.
who can unseat Robert Johansson. One
of them is Andreas Wellinger. This
looks like it could be good. It is
long. It looked like it might be
golden. 113.5, that is exactly the
same distance as Robert Johansson.
Andreas Wellinger held a 5-point
advantage from the first round. As
long as the judges don't see
anything wrong with this and it
looked good. Maybe Turkey next
second two to get in there.
Beautifully held. Coach is all in
favour of that.
favour of that. And Andreas
Wellinger, I think is going to go
first. There he is, first place.
Andreas Wellinger, only has four
more to watch. The first of which is
his team-mate, Richard Freitag. He
is who the Germans but would win.
Suddenly you have Andreas Wellinger
to deal with. That is not going to
push Andreas Wellinger off the top.
Richard Freitag has looked so good,
but in the last few weeks his form
has evaporated. Don't get me wrong,
it is still an exceptionally good
jump, but the time he needed to push
forward... In case you wonder where
they measure the landing from, it is
the midpoint of the fleet. If you
land with your feet together, you
measure from the boot laces. If you
land with your feet apart, they
measure between defeat. Richard
Freitag, misses out on a medal and
goes sixth. We have three athletes
Johann Andre Forfang, 22 and all the
pressure in the world.
pressure in the world. Consistency
has been his issue all along. He has
beaten Kamil Stoch before, he knows
how to win, even at this young age.
He has the green light. Into the
take-off. Launches forward, looking
good. Has it got the land? It is
good. It is good. Is it good enough?
It might have fallen short. Might
have fallen short.
have fallen short. 109.5 metres. He
had a 1-point advantage over Andreas
Wellinger from the first round. I
don't know if it is going to be
enough. This is where your style
points come in. It is possible to
win with the jump not as far as your
rivals if it looked better and the
judges liked it more. It does happen
before, it will happen again. You
don't want to have to rely on it. It
is second place, Johann Andre
Forfang, 250.9. Andreas Wellinger
has 295.3. So far out in front but
now we have two incredible jumpers
to come. Starting with the man
defending his Olympic title, Kamil
Stoch. 129.9 from the first round.
He needs an even bigger jump now.
He needs an even bigger jump now. I
don't think he got it. I think
Andreas Wellinger, might hang on to
this. Kamil Stoch, had been looking
to become the most successful Polish
Winter Olympian in history. Just
needed that one more gold medal to
do it. Would have been the first
athlete to win consecutive men's
normal hill gold medals. I think, I
think that won't be what he needs.
That tells you that Andreas
Wellinger thinks he has
Wellinger thinks he has probably
been made safe. There won't even be
a medal for the defending Olympic
champion. What an unpredictable
sport this is and Andreas Wellinger
knows he is one jump away, one jump
from being an Olympic gold
medallist. It is this man's jump,
Stefan Hula, the Poland. Into the
air. How long is it? Does it have
the land? It is close. I don't think
it is going to be enough. 105.5
metres, surely not enough? They have
to wait for the scores, Stefan Hula
needed more. He had such a
phenomenal job. Six, seven almost
point lead from the first round. Did
he need more?
he need more? The form looks good
all the way down, almost motionless.
It is a fine landing as well. But is
the distance enough? I don't know
that it is.
that it is. It is nowhere near
enough, Stefan Hula is fifth. 248.8.
And your Olympic champion is
Germany's Andreas Wellinger.
Everyone thought his team-mate
Richard Freitag would be the gold
medallist. He said, I don't mind the
pressure and he came back and back
again with phenomenal jumps. And he
is your Pyeongchang 2018 men's
normal hill Olympic champion, the
first German to do that since the
From the steep hill
at the ski jumping to the
relative flat of the
and the women's skiathlon.
One British entry here with
Annika Taylor going in her first
Olympics but all eyes will be
on Norway's Marit Bjorgen.
She has twn medals to her name
already and just one more
would make her the most successful
woman in Winter Olympic history.
COMMENTATOR: Stunning condition at
the Alpensia cross-country is being
sent down you're so excited about
the first instalment of drama and I
know these world-class women are
itching to get going. Heidi Weng,
leading the World Cup standings,
losing has second consecutive Tour
de Ski but still searching for her
maiden global individual gold.
Charlotte Kalla is the master
peaking at right time, she has raced
sparingly this year and she will be
feeling fresh, and Marit Bjoergen
has only lost one global skiathlon
raced 2009, three years ago, and she
looks poised, composed and ready.
So, two different techniques, the
real test of the all-rounder. And
the first race for gold is underway
in Pyeongchang. Is it destined to be
a moment of history for Marit
Bjoergen, the defending champion,
the reigning world champion, or can
one of the others deny the six time
Winter Olympic champion the glory
that she so desires to start with
committee? So many races to unfold.
So much to look forward to and are
delighted to be joined by Ollie
Williams, his third Winter Olympic
Games for the BBC but his first
looking forward to the cross-country
and we have been itching for these
days to take down, haven't we? Now
we can forget about the stats and
get on with watching were
We've been bouncing
off the walls for this to get
started, what a phenomenal setting
for these races, what a phenomenal
race to start with. We have 7.5
kilometres of plastic which is what
we are skiing right now and then a
pit stop, where you switch, and then
7.5 kilometres along the same course
of skate scheme to the finish. Marit
Bjoergen, obviously the headline,
everyone wants to know, not only can
she be the number one female Winter
Olympian of all time, she's not that
far off being the number one Winter
Olympian of all time, male or
female, she could do it with a bit
of effort at these games and we have
seen she is a multiple gold
medallist whenever she turned up.
But any Norwegian here, a couple of
sweet, we use all Krista Parmakoski
Finland, pushed her close and could
well do that again today and even
Jessie Diggins from the USA, you
have got five or six candidates that
could potentially beat her to the
Williams and a fascinated observer
for this one is Posey Musgrave,
Winter Olympian in Sochi four years
ago, you know what it takes to
compete alongside and against some
of these women. Put into context in
these very early stages as we look
at the back and number ten, put into
context what Marit Bjoergen has
already achieved in the sport and
how incredible it would be if she
produces a medal of any colour and
moves to 11 Winter in a big medal.
Ollie has said it already, what we
think about her in the sport, she's
one of the greatest performers with
ever had. She is 37 now, she's been
at the top of the game for about 15
years and it is such a tough sport,
it is incredible to be competing at
such a high level for such a long
time. She has shown year after year
at the top level when it really
matters and I'm excited to see what
you can do today.
important point because she knows
what to do on the big day and she
knows her body well enough now that
she does not need to raise as much
as some of our rivals. We have not
really seen her since the end of
last year, she finished fifth in one
race when she had a bit of a cold
and was not necessarily on top form
but she does not necessarily need to
be doing it the whole time and it is
a very different approach and
build-up she taking into a race like
this compared to some of the younger
Norwegians, the Swedes try to get at
Posey, give us your view
on the skiathlon, in the old days,
it was Colby combined pursuit at it
is the all-rounder's test because
the first half of the race is
classical, in the tracks and then as
Ollie mentioned, we have a
transition area and T20 really fast
circuits of freestyle. This is a
really tough test because if you
favour classical, you might look
impressive early on, somebody like
Christina Kowalczyk, who is arguably
past their best dab but you can't
just be good in one, you got to be
good in both.
Absolutely and ideal
that some people say it favours the
skate specialists because it comes
second so if you can hang with the
pack, you have a chance to push the
pace in that section and be at the
front when it counts at the finish
but regardless, if you can't hang
with the pace in the classic
section, it does not matter so you
have to be a good all-rounder.
you while Charlotte Kalla, somebody
looking to stop Marit Bjoergen with
somebody like Charlotte Kalla's
pedigree, we know she is phenomenal,
I don't know if your member Sochi in
2014, Charlotte Kalla was the one
who delivered the incredible relay
finish and came over the line in one
of the moments of the Games. With
her tools, how do you beat Marit
Bjoergen there? Do you go hard to
start? Do you try to stretch of the
race? What can you do?
I'm not sure
anyone has got the answer which is
why she has been so successful,
Marit Bjoergen is often pushing the
pace, but at the moment, we can see
she's further towards the back,
she's often at the front,
controlling the pace so it is so
hard to do either way, if it comes
to a sprint finish, she has got a
great sprint and she can beat
everyone right at the end but she
can also push the pace and spring
out the pack early.
is a hugely popular figure in
Sweden, she comes from a tiny town
right up in Arctic Circle.
Interesting as well that she has
decided to do this year exactly what
she did ahead of Sochi. She's barely
raised at all since Christmas. She
will be arriving here fresh. In
contrast to somebody like Heidi
Weng, who although brilliantly won a
second consecutive Tour de ki, she
has race literally everywhere and
surely with a set of events like
this, coming in a bit fresh has got
to be helpful for Charlotte Kalla
and it is a proven tactic that works
for her and did so brilliantly in
It did really well for Heron
Rush and we have seen the same in
some of the World Championships, she
had a home World Championships in
Sweden in 2015 and you do the same
then. We did not see much of her
before but she won gold in front of
the home crowd so she knows it works
for her and it's important that you
know what you winning strategy is an
stick with it so there is no point
in her raising too much when she
knows it works without that.
clarification, Charlotte Kalla is on
the left of the picture, now in the
centre but on the left-hand tracks,
wearing number five. Number one is
Heidi Weng, the World Cup leader. I
noticed towards the front of the
group, Justin Kowalczyk, wearing 22,
a good performer when it comes to
the classical. A Winter Olympic
champion in her own right. Arguably
perhaps just a touch past their best
and Marit Bjoergen quite happy
wearing number eight to be in the
pack. There's a long way to go here.
The pack looking fairly close
together as we come to the first
checkpoint, two point 26 kilometres.
We can see the first 20 people still
within ten seconds of each other. It
has not strung out too much and we
can see that happening potentially
as we get onto the second lap. Two
loops of 3.75 kilometres in the
classic style before they move over.
Right, there are some very technical
elements to cross-country, it is not
as simple as it looks. For those
people who may be watching
cross-country skiing for the first
time, give us the layman's guide to
the waxing because although it might
sound like a boring subject, it was
a vital subject in Sochi because
despite all the resources that the
Norwegian team have got, at their
disposal, they got their waxing very
wrong in the first few races in
Sochi and it was almost a national
outcry. Give us the insider guide as
to what is important with wax and
They did indeed and waxing can
win or lose you the race which is
frustrating when you put in all the
training and you are still relying
on your skis at the end of the day
but there's a lot to it. First, you
have glide wax which makes you go
fast downhill so that is about speed
and glide and in the classic style,
what they are doing now, you have
kick wax so in the centre of your
ski, you have a kick wax zone where
you apply the wax and as you
compress it, it gives you the push
to get you up the hill, one thing
you have to think about is getting
the balance between kicking and
gliding so you need to be able to
get up the hill but you want to go
downhill quickly as well. There's an
awful to think about and on top of
that, you have do have a good set of
skis to be waxing.
behind this keys Vilhete magazines
which is decisive in terms of
getting the athletes to the start
line and in shape where they can
win. This week, the Swedish coaching
team has had a struggle with narrow
virus and even if it takes 0.5% of
someone like Charlotte Kalla or
Stina Nilsson, who has an outside
chance of doing something here, that
disruption is big news, headline
news in Sweden all week. But still,
the Swedish press are saying if ever
there was a chance for Charlotte
Kalla to win an Olympic skiathlon,
today's the day.
It definitely could
be her day but still too early to
tell. I think we will find out as
the race progresses, still a good 20
people in the front pack so let's
see how it goes. I think she could
do really well today. I've got good
feelings for her.
The first four
circuits completed. It is 3.75
kilometres twice in classical and
then we have a transition zone, it
is not quite like a triangle and if
you are fond of these swim, bike and
run but it's important to get in and
out as quickly as possible. A big
group altogether. Nobody has been
dropped. The cameras focusing on the
was ninth on the last climb on the
Tour de Ski, dropping back of the
big group and everybody else seems
as though they are very much still
in touch. We have almost had 50
going through, 62 in total.
see 60 comes through, 62 is Annika
Taylor. She's the British contender
we have, used to be... Born in
California, her father is British
and she has been part of the British
team since 2013, I believe and you
overlapped with our remit but give
us a flavour of what the experience
will be like for her.
We did just
overlapped and she will have a
similar experience to me in Sochi,
her first date of racing in the big
games and it's different to any
other racing so you might have
raised at the World Championship or
the World Cup but the Olympic stage
is different, there's more exposure,
interest and people watching. I hope
she can really take some positive
experiences away from this.
Hopefully we will see some good
things from her.
Look at this. OK,
it is not a definitive bid for gold
but it shows you how confident she
is feeling, bearing in mind she was
a bit below form as we mentioned,
only fifth in the last World Cup
race before coming here. This is a
really confident piece of front
skiing from Marit Bjoergen.
Charlotte Kalla right behind her.
One of the duels we were looking
forward to. Heidi Weng is in third,
Hurst Berg in fourth, wearing number
two and a skier I to you is Ebba
Andersson of Sweden, really young,
world junior skiathlon silver last
year and fifth, her best ever
placing in the senior World Cup
race, she's definitely one to watch,
wearing 18 on the left and a bit of
a slip but she is an exciting
prospect. We were not really talking
about before the race budgies in the
place to keep track of the moves at
Absolutely, she's nicely
positioned at the front and she's a
really exciting talent was in.
Charlotte Kalla coming to the end of
her career, they might be looking
for the next big star and Ebba
Andersson could be it. She was
talented at a very young age. You
mentioned the world junior medals
and she medalled the year before and
she went to the world Juniors three
times which is very unusual and
because of the age, each year makes
a big difference in your development
yet three years before the final
year, she was up there and competing
to the top places.
coming to the end of our great, but
Marit Bjoergen is almost dead yet,
how exceptional is it for Marit
Bjoergen to still be competing at
this level at that age? Mavuba we
could see Charlotte Kalla for a few
more Olympics yet but it's partly
about motivation, this is an
endurance sport like marathon
running where people get better as
they get older and there's every
possibility that as long as you are
injury free and you train well, you
can compete and be competitive in
your 30s. They head down towards the
transition area. OK, do these
cross-country skiers practice
transition as the triathletes do?
The triathlete's mantra is you are
never going to win a race with
transition but you could cause
yourself problems. If it was a
Absolutely, it is not
something people will spend weeks
and weeks or hours of practice on
but when you have a big event coming
up, you will make sure you put it in
a few sessions. It is easy to do
something, to incorporate it into an
interval session, you could do half
of an interval one technique and
changing over so you are practising
out of competition which is
In an ideal world, how
long should the transition date for
each of the world-class women?
Already as they have come past the
back line, they were able to start
skating and they are taking the
poles off so they can unclip their
skis, clip into the other skis, pick
up the new poles and move out so
they should be in the box for no
more than ten seconds.
Diggins wearing number three, there.
And now we get into the second half
of the race, classical finished for
the first 15 or so of these
cross-country skiers. I wonder how
long we will wait before the big
move comes as to muck it is a
move comes as to muck it is a shame
for Ragnhild Haga. Her uncle
represented the way cross-country in
1980 but she will have to work to
close the gap on the leading group.
She tends to be slightly stronger in
the freestyle that we have moved
onto so she's not totally out of it
but she will have to work really
hard to get back up to the front.
The danger is as well that if you
work too hard to get up to the front
back, you burn the matches by the
time you get there and then if
anyone in a front group makes a
move, you've nothing left to go with
them so it is a dangerous position
to be in.
One skier we haven't mentioned is
Natalie Gnabry Ava. She is only 21,
she is an Olympic athlete
representing Russia and she is right
up to Charlotte Kalla in second
place. We can already see a group of
seven or eight just beginning to
pull away. I wonder at what stage we
might start to see a big move?
little gap is starting to emerge on
the right of your picture, we have a
group of nine with maybe a couple
hanging on to the coat-tails. It
looks like we are starting to get
this main pack that may be the
winner will come from.
You have the
two Swedish athletes and then you
have three or even four from Norway.
But Charlotte Kalla
But Charlotte Kalla followed by
Andersson, who is having a fantastic
race. At what stage do you expect
and moved to come if they are going
to give themselves the best possible
chance of beating Bjoergen?
tend to see this very often in the
women's races. They were crawling
over the top of the hill and I think
someone soon will make a move.
a case of someone forcing themselves
to be brave?
I think so, some of
them here know they are not as
strong when it comes to the Sprint
finishes and will have to push the
pace. Stadlober, she doesn't have a
very strong sprint finish.
gearing up to be a great last lap.
Bjoergen, Kante 's history but there
are plenty of women still in touch
who want to deny her this golden
opportunity to become the greatest
of all time.
Still got Stadlober in
that pack, Heidi Weng of the back as
There are five or six people
who have the pedigree to make this
their own. But they are up against
someone in Bjoergen, who has done it
time and time again. The last two
Olympic ski at once, she has fended
off everybody. It must play on the
minds of the rest of the pack. What
would Bjoergen do, what should I be
Absolutely, she will be
hard to beat in the final sprint. I
think she still has something in the
tank. She has got to be feeling very
confident as they go into the last
lap of the course.
lap of the course.
Von Siebenthal is
there and so is Jessica Diggins.
Charlotte Calor and Andersson, can
she upstage her compatriot?
she upstage her compatriot? It is
just about to get very, very
interesting. Marriage B Hogan has
not had this race all to herself and
there are women here who can
genuinely put her under pressure in
the closing stages. But how brave
are they willing to be and how will
they have to push on the steep hill
coming into the stadium at the end
of this loop?
And you mention
Andersson, it is hard to
underestimate the rivalry. You see
Charlotte Kalla coming ahead and
moving forward. Sweden would love to
take this opening medal.
never won the combined pursuit, as
it has been called. Two silver
medals. Charlotte Kalla, came in
here really fresh. Von Siebenthal is
still in there.
still in there. There is Bjoergen in
third place with Parmakoski just
behind her. This is a bold move from
Charlotte Kalla. She is already an
Olympic champion in the ten
kilometre and the team sprint. Can
she do it today?
This is a big move
by Charlotte Kalla. Bjoergen, played
it badly. Is she going to be able to
make the gap up? This is a big move
by Charlotte Kalla and she will put
her foot down to the top of this
These are the hills that will
separate the pack. Charlotte Kalla,
the Swedish fans have been saying,
this is her time. If she is going to
win the Olympic gold medal, it has
got to be today, the conditions are
in her favour, the snow is in her
favour. It all plays into what she
likes. There is no dominant force
this season. Charlotte Kalla, that
is a sizeable gap and we don't have
long left to go in this at all.
Bjoergen will have to do something
special. She only has four seconds
on the grid, but four seconds can
mean an awful lot here. That is
really big, what she has just done.
Charlotte Kalla, has taken it to the
iron Lady. Bjoergen can still make
history. Charlotte Kalla has been
brave, she has raced smart and she
has got this race at the moment, I
would say a little bit busy in, that
shot, but the Swedish fans in the
stadium are getting ready to be
very, very excited. It is not just
Charlotte Kalla, the youngster,
Andersson is also in the mix. We
only have one Norwegian in the top
three. There is Bjoergen, with
Andersson, the other Swede right
Look at this hill.
Charlotte Kalla is already loved in
Sweden, she is emotional and says
what she thinks. She is someone but
people really warmed to in terms of
the way she reacts. As she surges
appear, she's not only potentially
going to win the gold medal, she
will become the first Swedish woman
to be a three-time Olympic gold
medallist in Cross-Country Skiing.
She would put herself even further
out there as a national hero if she
can take this goal.
They are really
working hard as they go up this
hill. They were taking it easy, now
this is 100% working as hard as you
can and work as hard as you can.
Bjoergen won't give up until the
If she makes up this now, if
she makes this up and wins this gold
medal it will confirm her as the
greatest female Cross-Country Skiing
of all time, to do that?
It would be
very special, Charlotte Kalla is no
slouch. Bjoergen is an incredible
competitor. I know her and I know
she will not give up. She still
believes she can do it.
getting tight for second and third
because we know Bjoergen's class.
Parmakoski is there. Surely now with
the gap as it is, unless there is an
absolutely huge move up the brutal
hill coming into the stadium from
Bjoergen, this looks very much like
it could be a winning lead.
Bjoergen, 37 years of age. She has
got the class to close the gap but
if she is going to close it, she has
got to do something now. Charlotte
Kalla will be hurting. She was brave
and bold and she will be starting to
feel this and Bjoergen may come
under pressure from the Finnish
athlete who pushed her so close to
the world title last year. There is
Bjoergen, number eight. Parmakoski,
seven. Bjoergen has got to find
something here. She still could
produce history. Any medal will make
the greatest on her own of all time.
You mentioned about the history
would Charlotte Kalla. If she wins
the medal here, she will be joined
with Anya Pearson, the Alpine Skiing
as the greatest
as the greatest Swedish athlete.
Surely this is too much, even the
I think she has let it go
too much. This is too little too
late for her. I think Charlotte
Kalla has skied a perfect race
today. Bjoergen, not having it her
own way. Parmakoski is hard on her
heels. Bjoergen has had to work so
hard to close the gap to Charlotte
Kalla that she might not have the
sprint finish in her.
You can see
that Parmakoski, it shows that
Parmakoski is finding it easy enough
to stay in contention with Bjoergen.
If Bjoergen had something in her to
do something about this right now,
surely Parmakoski wouldn't be able
to stay as close as she is.
Charlotte Kalla has raised superbly.
Ebba Andersson, just out of the
medals at the moment, but this will
be a sweet moment for Charlotte
Calor. The grimmest will turn to
smile. She is going to secure the
first gold the 2018 Winter Olympics
here in Pyeongchang. I really big
effort from Parmakoski to try to
close down Bjoergen. There will be
his chief of the Norwegian today,
but not the position to which he has
grown accustomed. Charlotte Kalla,
Sweden's golden girl has delivered
the performance of her life. Bold,
brave and it is she who becomes the
Winter Olympic champion. History is
secured for Marit Bjoergen and she
is right to celebrate her silver
medal. Makes her the most decorated
female Winter Olympian in history
and she will have other chances for
goal. Parmakoski did her best to put
the Norwegian and the Swede under
pressure. She completes the podium
after the silver last year, it is
bronze this time. Marit Bjoergen has
created headlines on history, but so
too has Sweden's Charlotte Kalla.
What a race and what a performance.
Charlotte Kalla has been phenomenal.
We expected this to be a relatively
close race, if not very, very close.
We have seen these races decided by
one second or less. You watch
Charlotte Kalla accelerate away.
That was the perfect start to her
Olympics, Sweden's Olympics. Half of
Scandinavia right now will be going
Postal over the event they have
seen. That was a dominance, dominant
That's all from us for now.
We'll be back tomorrow on BBC Four
at the same time with highlights
from the team figure skating.
And our live coverage
of the Winter Olympics continues
over on BBC1 at 11:50pm as we build
up to arguably the most
exciting event of any Games,
the men's downhill.
The downhill run about 1.5 miles in
length and a drop of 2000 feet.
men's Downhill promises to be a race
that could make Olympic history.
that could make Olympic history.
only way to win this is to take a
huge amount of risk.
the all-American boy.
the all-American boy.
watching the greatest ski racer in
the world and he is doing it again.
He is going to win the gold.