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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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Welcome to the 2018 Winter

OIympics from PyeongChang.

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We will be bringing you something a

bit extra. My name is Radzi and we

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will bring you extended highlights

over the next 16 days of summer the

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best action from right in South

Korea.

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# The sky is a neighbourhood

# So keep it down

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# The heart is a

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# The heart is a storybook

# A star burned out

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# The sky is a neighbourhood

# The sky is a neighbourhood

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# Don't look down

# O my dear

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# Heaven is a big bed now -- bang

now

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# Got to get to sleep somehow

# Banging on the ceiling

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# Banging on the ceiling

# Keep it down

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# The sky is a neighbourhood

# The sky is a neighbourhood. #

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We'll start at the ski jumping

and the men's normal hill event.

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Poland's Kamil Stoch

is the man to beat.

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The double Olympic champion from

2014 in the normal hill and a large

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hill. He is vying to become the

first man ever to win the double

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double in consecutive Olympics and

with that in mind, let's find out a

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bit more about how the sport works.

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Ski jumping takes place on the

normal hill all the large hill.

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Competitors typically jump further

than the length of a football pitch

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at speeds of up to 90 mph. Distance

is the biggest factor in success but

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points are also awarded for style in

outrun, posture, flight and landing.

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Points for distance are determined

by where a jumper lands in relation

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to the Cape point which is the

equivalent of a par school involved.

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If an athlete jumps beyond the mark,

they get extra points. If they come

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up short, they lose points. Each

competitor has tee jumps which are

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combined in the final standings.

Japan's Noriaki Kasai became the

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oldest ever ski jumping medallist in

Sochi and he is back for a record

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eighth Winter Games in Pyeongchang

at the ripe old age of 45.

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Over to Ollie Williams who's

in the commentary box for this one.

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COMMENTATOR: 45 Herald Noriaki

Kasai, eight Olympic Games, they

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love him, he is so popular in the

sport. -- 45-year-old. He did not

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even bother with the warm up the

night, if you've done seven

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Olympics, why put yourself through

the extra warm up jump, surely you

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have got it down packed by now? And

Noriaki Kasai, in his beautiful,

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gold jumping soup, will wait to see

if the wind will be hate for him.

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Come on, you have tamed age, the

least you can do is tame the wind.

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There we go, green. Oh, into the

air! Lovely jump, Noriaki Kasai.

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There is a smile. He has been so

nervous this week, it has been

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crazy. He is still going and he

thought about going through all the

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way to 2026. He is third for now.

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Karl Geiger, really impressive in

qualifying, 103.5 metres, that

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should be enough to get him through.

120.3, provisional lead.

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Stefan Hula from Poland has just

pulled off the kind of jump that you

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really want to pull off in an

Olympic final evening. Beautiful,

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beautiful jump. You will see there,

coming through, cutting through the

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green laser that shows you the

distance to beat, just about stuck

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the Telemark landing and almost

before he is on the ground, his arm

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is up in the air and his coaches are

celebrating. That is the traditional

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fist bump from the Polish coach, and

the judges loved it, 19s across the

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board out of 20. 131.8 and Stefan

Hula goes into the provisional lead,

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qualifies for the next and second

round of this final with ease.

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Robert Johansson and his moustache

escort themselves out onto the

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starting gate. Down in a lowly 19th

place and qualifying, Norway, big,

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ski jumping nation, we are in a run

of three Norwegians, Robert

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Johansson is the first, we will say

Johann Andre Forfang and then Daniel

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Andre Tande and any of these could

be contenders for medal. Let's see

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how Robert Johansson gets on.

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He looked a little unsettled in the

air he is coach looks reasonably

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content. I'm not sure he held the

form well enough for the judges.

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Maybe a little low. You see, there's

a lot of little adjustment going on

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in the air with the arms. Landing is

not too bad. You want to keep your

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skis just about shoulder with the

land, that if they can at landing

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when you bend your knee and transfer

your weight from your front foot

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slowly to the back. -- that is a

Telemark landing. It is all right

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from the judges gone into sixth

place. It surely you the level that

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athletes demand of themselves is

going up as we go into the

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competition because that school is

very respectable but he knows it is

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now 12 points off the lead and that

is a big distance. -- that school is

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very respectable. Johann Andre

Forfang won the last pre-Olympic

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World Cup event. The issue for this

man is consistency. If he can put

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together two good jumps in a row,

he's going to be a contender. It

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very rarely happens, in the last

World Cup event it happened and he

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beat Kamil Stoch, the Olympic

champion from 2014, who we will see

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in a few jumps time, by just a

couple of points. Fine margin but he

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has a win under his belt, Johann

Andre Forfang.

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So, 125.9, goes into second. That is

very solid and that is the first

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time we have seen someone get close

to Stefan Hula from Poland. Now

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another Norwegian, third in the

triumvirate, Daniel Andre Tande, had

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a tooth infection a week, been on

antibiotics, does not really make a

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big difference to ski jumpers, it

will just hurt when the cold air is

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on your face. A smidgen short. Yeah.

103.5 metres is a couple of what we

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saw from Johann Andre Forfang just

now. Equal with Stefan Kraft, the

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world champion we saw a few minutes

ago. A little bit later when we get

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to the fine around, I'm going to

tell you a story about Daniel Andre

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Tande. He's afraid heights. I shall

explain. -- afraid of heights.

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Turned 24 last month, and he is the

ski flying world champion where they

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go over 200 metres plus. Although

right now, he maybe isn't flying

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quite the way he would like.

Starting to feel like the Norwegian

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coach is just fist bump, come what

may.

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may. 180.7, tenth place and I think

Daniel Andre Tande, with that little

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ways, is waving goodbye to his

chance of an Olympic medal. -- 100

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18.7. But you never know, we have

seen some of the top jumpers are not

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getting what they want, here. You

never know what will happen in the

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final round. Andreas Wellinger,

topped in qualifying, surprised

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himself as much as anyone else. 22

years old. Ruined his chances of a

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medal four years ago with a bad

first-round jump. Now is the time to

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put that right, if we get a green

light on the wind. The coach looks

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down, tames his eyebrows, gives it

the green flag.

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Solid take-off. Good distance. Just

not quite the longest jump we have

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seen but I think 104.5, depending on

the form scores from the judges, is

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going to leave Andreas Wellinger

just about in contention.

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So here is the form. Hold it. Don't

let it waver. Come in to land. Hold

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the Telemark.

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We have already seen Markus

Eisenbichler look really good

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tonight for Germany. Andreas

Wellinger goes ahead of both him and

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Karl Geiger. 124.9. That brings us

to another German, Richard Freitag.

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This man is their favourite. They

think he has the chance to win. Good

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distance. Good, good distance. 106

metres, that is going to be a

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contender. It is still five metres

of Stefan Hula's monster John from

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earlier. But there is a strong

chance Richard Freitag could go

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second, here. He had a troubling

build-up to the competition. His

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final jump in the competition last

week was only the 28th best, when he

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hasn't been among the top three --

when he has been among the top three

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all season. He was unsettled by the

wind then so it can't be helped a

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night when the wind has been a real

struggle. But that was good. That

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looks like it might put him in

contention. Let's see how the judges

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reacted. They loved it. 19s, as soon

as you see 19 on the board, you know

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someone will be a very happy man,

Richard Freitag goes third, 125.5,

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six points off, now defending

Olympic champion Kamil Stoch won the

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normal and large hill events in

2014. Qualified in second place

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here. Immediately dismissed the jump

he did as not very good. What has he

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got tonight?

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He has got a big jump, that is what

he has got. That is up there, the

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Polish brands loving it -- Polish

fans loving it. Bidding to be the

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first man to successfully defend a

normal hill title. He could be the

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first to do a double double in

back-to-back games. We saw Simon

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Ammann winning double in 2002 and

2010, no one has ever done it

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back-to-back. We'll Kamil Stoch be

able to do it? He is the last jumper

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of the night. Let's see where he

will fit in. You can see he was a

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bit of course, down there. There is

the fist bump. 125.9, into second

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place. Well, Kamil Stoch is up

there, never with Johann Andre

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Forfang of Norway, but they both

trail Stefan Hula all of Poland by

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more than five points. -- level with

Johann Andre Forfang. That will make

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it really interesting because Stefan

Hula has come from nowhere to lead

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this Olympic ski jump final after

one round of two. Now Daniel Andre

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Tande, it might seem somewhat

unlikely for a ski jumper to be

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afraid of heights but he says when

he was painting his grandmother's

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house, just standing on a ladder on

the first floor and looking down,

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his fear was so paralysing it would

take him half an hour to get down so

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he used ski jumping as a kid to get

over it. And now here he is, jumping

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in the Olympics. That is one way to

get over your fears and what a jump!

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What a jump. Daniel Andre Tande

delivers. From his grandmother's

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ladder to an incredible Olympic jump

from Daniel Andre Tande. Excellent

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distance, 111.5 metres. Just short

of what we saw Pat O'Brien to do but

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still very solid. -- just short of

the best we have seen. I think we're

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going to see Daniel Andre Tande

ahead into the lead, here.

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He is impressed. Daniel Andre Tande

is very impressed.

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Judges, are you impressed? They love

it. The new leader is Daniel Andre

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Tande. Green light, flagged down.

Finally, a little bit of consistent

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action and Robert Johansson, makes

his way down. What a jump! What a

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jump! And the aerodynamics on the

moustache have paid off because that

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is a fantastic jump from Robert

Johansson of Norway. He was only

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19th in qualifying and it didn't

look like he was going to pull out

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much here at the winter-macro

Olympics. He is the only member of

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the Norwegian team who

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the Norwegian team who doesn't have

a World Cup title. Phenomenal jump.

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Disposed of the normal fist bumps.

High five. Daniel Andre Tande knows

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he will be kicked out of the hot

seat. Fabulous jump. 249.7. Robert

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Johansson into first place and we

are starting to run out people to

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come.

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come. He is Rio Kobayashi, the

youngest. It is good. Wasn't quite

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as far as it may be needed to be.

But now, we are at the business end

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of this competition, the wind is

letting us get a few jumps in and we

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are starting to feel the excitement

of an Olympic final week always knew

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could go anyway.

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could go anyway. Good,

straightforward.

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straightforward. Love the facial

expression. Concentration. Taking in

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the scenery in front of him, it is a

good jump, I don't know if it will

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be good enough. It is a good jump.

His Olympic debut, his brother's

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Olympic debut. Into third for now.

That unseats Simon Ammann, there

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will be no medal for suck a macro at

the moment. Now, the surprise German

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sensation.

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Wow, he's taking this opportunity.

Watch this jump. Good, solid jump.

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Not enough to get him into the

medals. But he, as a 24-year-old,

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Karl Geiger, ranked 16th in the

world and not expected to be

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operating at the top end, is having

a great Olympics so far.

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a great Olympics so far. Distance of

105 metres on this jump. Couldn't

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see anything massively wrong from a

judging point of view, it is just

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the distance. The scores are good,

just the distance. Fourth place and

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he just misses out. Robert

Johansson, gets to hang out in the

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hot seat.

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hot seat. Another German, he does

have a major event form. Bronze

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medal at the World Championships

last year. Again, it is wishing but

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it's not maybe enough. Another three

or four metres on that we might have

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been talking. Going to be a little

lower than he needed. We have had

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113.5, the distance from Robert

Johansson and that is the target to

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beat at this point. If anyone goes

above 113.5 at this point, they are

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probably going to get an Olympic

medal, possibly gold. When you get

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to 106 like this with a bit of an

iffy landing, it won't do it for

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Markus Eisenbichler.

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Markus Eisenbichler. Fourth place.

Stefan Kraft, the world champion.

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World champion at both events,

normal hill and large hell.

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Phenomenal 2017. Has struggled this

year. Now would be a very good time

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to come out of that. He has to wait

for the wind. He would be the third

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Austrian to win an Olympic normal

hill title, if he can pull out

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something fantastic when he gets the

green light. They are hoping it

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happens. Still here, phenomenal from

the fans. Well past midnight local

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time. All those delays, minus 12.

Winter Olympics fans. So, we will

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wait for Stefan Kraft. People second

when they held the World Cup on this

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hill a year ago as a test event. So

he has form here as the world

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champion. He holds the ski flying

world record. He once travelled

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253.5 metres in the air. Imagine

that! We looking at just over 100

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metres on this hill, it is more than

double the record he holds. Now he

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has the green light. What will we

see here?

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see here? Again, it's not quite up

there. He slaps his hands down onto

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his thighs and he knows the world

champion will not become the Olympic

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champion. Not tonight, anyway. 103

metres on that jump and it's not

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going to be enough at that range. He

can produce the most artistic,

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perfectly styled jump in the world,

but it's not going to get you on the

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podium if you don't jump far enough.

That is the reaction from the coach.

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Stefan Kraft, eighth place, that is

a phenomenally disappointing jump.

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What did I tell you, it is not his

season. We are running out of people

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who can unseat Robert Johansson.

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who can unseat Robert Johansson. One

of them is Andreas Wellinger. This

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looks like it could be good. It is

long. It looked like it might be

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golden.

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golden. 113.5, that is exactly the

same distance as Robert Johansson.

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Andreas Wellinger held a 5-point

advantage from the first round. As

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long as the judges don't see

anything wrong with this and it

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looked good. Maybe Turkey next

second two to get in there.

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Beautifully held. Coach is all in

favour of that.

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favour of that. And Andreas

Wellinger, I think is going to go

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first. There he is, first place.

Andreas Wellinger, only has four

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more to watch. The first of which is

his

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his team-mate, Richard Freitag. He

is who the Germans but would win.

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Suddenly you have Andreas Wellinger

to deal with. That is not going to

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push Andreas Wellinger off the top.

Richard Freitag has looked so good,

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but in the last few weeks his form

has evaporated. Don't get me wrong,

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it is still an exceptionally good

jump, but the time he needed to push

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forward... In case you wonder where

they measure the landing from, it is

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the midpoint of the fleet. If you

land with your feet together, you

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measure from the boot laces. If you

land with your feet apart, they

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measure between defeat. Richard

Freitag, misses out on a medal and

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goes sixth. We have three athletes

remaining.

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Johann Andre Forfang, 22 and all the

pressure in the world.

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pressure in the world. Consistency

has been his issue all along. He has

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beaten Kamil Stoch before, he knows

how to win, even at this young age.

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He has the green light. Into the

take-off. Launches forward, looking

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good. Has it got the land? It is

good. It is good. Is it good enough?

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It might have fallen short. Might

have fallen short.

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have fallen short. 109.5 metres. He

had a 1-point advantage over Andreas

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Wellinger from the first round. I

don't know if it is going to be

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enough. This is where your style

points come in. It is possible to

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win with the jump not as far as your

rivals if it looked better and the

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judges liked it more. It does happen

before, it will happen again. You

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don't want to have to rely on it. It

is second place, Johann Andre

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Forfang, 250.9. Andreas Wellinger

has 295.3. So far out in front but

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now we have two incredible jumpers

to come. Starting with the man

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defending his Olympic title, Kamil

Stoch. 129.9 from the first round.

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He needs an even bigger jump now.

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He needs an even bigger jump now. I

don't think he got it. I think

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Andreas Wellinger, might hang on to

this. Kamil Stoch, had been looking

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to become the most successful Polish

Winter Olympian in history. Just

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needed that one more gold medal to

do it. Would have been the first

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athlete to win consecutive men's

normal hill gold medals. I think, I

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think that won't be what he needs.

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That tells you that Andreas

Wellinger thinks he has

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Wellinger thinks he has probably

been made safe. There won't even be

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a medal for the defending Olympic

champion. What an unpredictable

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sport this is and Andreas Wellinger

knows he is one jump away, one jump

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from being an Olympic gold

medallist. It is this man's jump,

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Stefan Hula, the Poland. Into the

air. How long is it? Does it have

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the land? It is close. I don't think

it is going to be enough. 105.5

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metres, surely not enough? They have

to wait for the scores, Stefan Hula

0:28:130:28:20

needed more. He had such a

phenomenal job. Six, seven almost

0:28:200:28:26

point lead from the first round. Did

he need more?

0:28:260:28:35

he need more? The form looks good

all the way down, almost motionless.

0:28:370:28:42

It is a fine landing as well. But is

the distance enough? I don't know

0:28:420:28:48

that it is.

0:28:480:28:53

that it is. It is nowhere near

enough, Stefan Hula is fifth. 248.8.

0:28:540:29:04

And your Olympic champion is

Germany's Andreas Wellinger.

0:29:040:29:08

Everyone thought his team-mate

Richard Freitag would be the gold

0:29:080:29:13

medallist. He said, I don't mind the

pressure and he came back and back

0:29:130:29:21

again with phenomenal jumps. And he

is your Pyeongchang 2018 men's

0:29:210:29:27

normal hill Olympic champion, the

first German to do that since the

0:29:270:29:33

mid-19 90s.

0:29:330:29:39

From the steep hill

at the ski jumping to the

0:29:390:29:41

relative flat of the

cross-country course

0:29:410:29:42

and the women's skiathlon.

0:29:420:29:44

One British entry here with

Annika Taylor going in her first

0:29:440:29:47

Olympics but all eyes will be

on Norway's Marit Bjorgen.

0:29:470:29:49

She has twn medals to her name

already and just one more

0:29:490:29:53

would make her the most successful

woman in Winter Olympic history.

0:29:530:30:01

COMMENTATOR: Stunning condition at

the Alpensia cross-country is being

0:30:080:30:14

sent down you're so excited about

the first instalment of drama and I

0:30:140:30:17

know these world-class women are

itching to get going. Heidi Weng,

0:30:170:30:21

leading the World Cup standings,

losing has second consecutive Tour

0:30:210:30:27

de Ski but still searching for her

maiden global individual gold.

0:30:270:30:33

Charlotte Kalla is the master

peaking at right time, she has raced

0:30:330:30:36

sparingly this year and she will be

feeling fresh, and Marit Bjoergen

0:30:360:30:39

has only lost one global skiathlon

raced 2009, three years ago, and she

0:30:390:30:45

looks poised, composed and ready.

So, two different techniques, the

0:30:450:30:50

real test of the all-rounder. And

the first race for gold is underway

0:30:500:30:55

in Pyeongchang. Is it destined to be

a moment of history for Marit

0:30:550:31:00

Bjoergen, the defending champion,

the reigning world champion, or can

0:31:000:31:03

one of the others deny the six time

Winter Olympic champion the glory

0:31:030:31:09

that she so desires to start with

committee? So many races to unfold.

0:31:090:31:16

So much to look forward to and are

delighted to be joined by Ollie

0:31:160:31:20

Williams, his third Winter Olympic

Games for the BBC but his first

0:31:200:31:23

looking forward to the cross-country

and we have been itching for these

0:31:230:31:28

days to take down, haven't we? Now

we can forget about the stats and

0:31:280:31:32

get on with watching were

class-action.

We've been bouncing

0:31:320:31:35

off the walls for this to get

started, what a phenomenal setting

0:31:350:31:39

for these races, what a phenomenal

race to start with. We have 7.5

0:31:390:31:44

kilometres of plastic which is what

we are skiing right now and then a

0:31:440:31:48

pit stop, where you switch, and then

7.5 kilometres along the same course

0:31:480:31:53

of skate scheme to the finish. Marit

Bjoergen, obviously the headline,

0:31:530:31:57

everyone wants to know, not only can

she be the number one female Winter

0:31:570:32:02

Olympian of all time, she's not that

far off being the number one Winter

0:32:020:32:06

Olympian of all time, male or

female, she could do it with a bit

0:32:060:32:09

of effort at these games and we have

seen she is a multiple gold

0:32:090:32:13

medallist whenever she turned up.

But any Norwegian here, a couple of

0:32:130:32:20

sweet, we use all Krista Parmakoski

Finland, pushed her close and could

0:32:200:32:24

well do that again today and even

Jessie Diggins from the USA, you

0:32:240:32:27

have got five or six candidates that

could potentially beat her to the

0:32:270:32:32

finish line.

Alongside Ollie

Williams and a fascinated observer

0:32:320:32:35

for this one is Posey Musgrave,

Winter Olympian in Sochi four years

0:32:350:32:40

ago, you know what it takes to

compete alongside and against some

0:32:400:32:44

of these women. Put into context in

these very early stages as we look

0:32:440:32:48

at the back and number ten, put into

context what Marit Bjoergen has

0:32:480:32:55

already achieved in the sport and

how incredible it would be if she

0:32:550:33:03

produces a medal of any colour and

moves to 11 Winter in a big medal.

0:33:030:33:07

Ollie has said it already, what we

think about her in the sport, she's

0:33:070:33:10

one of the greatest performers with

ever had. She is 37 now, she's been

0:33:100:33:14

at the top of the game for about 15

years and it is such a tough sport,

0:33:140:33:18

it is incredible to be competing at

such a high level for such a long

0:33:180:33:21

time. She has shown year after year

at the top level when it really

0:33:210:33:27

matters and I'm excited to see what

you can do today.

That's an

0:33:270:33:32

important point because she knows

what to do on the big day and she

0:33:320:33:35

knows her body well enough now that

she does not need to raise as much

0:33:350:33:38

as some of our rivals. We have not

really seen her since the end of

0:33:380:33:42

last year, she finished fifth in one

race when she had a bit of a cold

0:33:420:33:45

and was not necessarily on top form

but she does not necessarily need to

0:33:450:33:49

be doing it the whole time and it is

a very different approach and

0:33:490:33:52

build-up she taking into a race like

this compared to some of the younger

0:33:520:33:56

Norwegians, the Swedes try to get at

her heels.

Posey, give us your view

0:33:560:34:02

on the skiathlon, in the old days,

it was Colby combined pursuit at it

0:34:020:34:06

is the all-rounder's test because

the first half of the race is

0:34:060:34:10

classical, in the tracks and then as

Ollie mentioned, we have a

0:34:100:34:14

transition area and T20 really fast

circuits of freestyle. This is a

0:34:140:34:18

really tough test because if you

favour classical, you might look

0:34:180:34:21

impressive early on, somebody like

Christina Kowalczyk, who is arguably

0:34:210:34:26

past their best dab but you can't

just be good in one, you got to be

0:34:260:34:31

good in both.

Absolutely and ideal

that some people say it favours the

0:34:310:34:36

skate specialists because it comes

second so if you can hang with the

0:34:360:34:38

pack, you have a chance to push the

pace in that section and be at the

0:34:380:34:42

front when it counts at the finish

but regardless, if you can't hang

0:34:420:34:45

with the pace in the classic

section, it does not matter so you

0:34:450:34:49

have to be a good all-rounder.

If

you while Charlotte Kalla, somebody

0:34:490:34:56

looking to stop Marit Bjoergen with

somebody like Charlotte Kalla's

0:34:560:35:01

pedigree, we know she is phenomenal,

I don't know if your member Sochi in

0:35:010:35:06

2014, Charlotte Kalla was the one

who delivered the incredible relay

0:35:060:35:09

finish and came over the line in one

of the moments of the Games. With

0:35:090:35:14

her tools, how do you beat Marit

Bjoergen there? Do you go hard to

0:35:140:35:19

start? Do you try to stretch of the

race? What can you do?

I'm not sure

0:35:190:35:23

anyone has got the answer which is

why she has been so successful,

0:35:230:35:26

Marit Bjoergen is often pushing the

pace, but at the moment, we can see

0:35:260:35:30

she's further towards the back,

she's often at the front,

0:35:300:35:34

controlling the pace so it is so

hard to do either way, if it comes

0:35:340:35:37

to a sprint finish, she has got a

great sprint and she can beat

0:35:370:35:40

everyone right at the end but she

can also push the pace and spring

0:35:400:35:44

out the pack early.

Charlotte Kalla

is a hugely popular figure in

0:35:440:35:48

Sweden, she comes from a tiny town

right up in Arctic Circle.

0:35:480:35:52

Interesting as well that she has

decided to do this year exactly what

0:35:520:35:56

she did ahead of Sochi. She's barely

raised at all since Christmas. She

0:35:560:36:01

will be arriving here fresh. In

contrast to somebody like Heidi

0:36:010:36:07

Weng, who although brilliantly won a

second consecutive Tour de ki, she

0:36:070:36:13

has race literally everywhere and

surely with a set of events like

0:36:130:36:16

this, coming in a bit fresh has got

to be helpful for Charlotte Kalla

0:36:160:36:20

and it is a proven tactic that works

for her and did so brilliantly in

0:36:200:36:25

Russia.

It did really well for Heron

Rush and we have seen the same in

0:36:250:36:29

some of the World Championships, she

had a home World Championships in

0:36:290:36:32

Sweden in 2015 and you do the same

then. We did not see much of her

0:36:320:36:37

before but she won gold in front of

the home crowd so she knows it works

0:36:370:36:40

for her and it's important that you

know what you winning strategy is an

0:36:400:36:43

stick with it so there is no point

in her raising too much when she

0:36:430:36:47

knows it works without that.

Just a

clarification, Charlotte Kalla is on

0:36:470:36:51

the left of the picture, now in the

centre but on the left-hand tracks,

0:36:510:36:55

wearing number five. Number one is

Heidi Weng, the World Cup leader. I

0:36:550:37:00

noticed towards the front of the

group, Justin Kowalczyk, wearing 22,

0:37:000:37:05

a good performer when it comes to

the classical. A Winter Olympic

0:37:050:37:08

champion in her own right. Arguably

perhaps just a touch past their best

0:37:080:37:14

and Marit Bjoergen quite happy

wearing number eight to be in the

0:37:140:37:18

pack. There's a long way to go here.

The pack looking fairly close

0:37:180:37:26

together as we come to the first

checkpoint, two point 26 kilometres.

0:37:260:37:31

We can see the first 20 people still

within ten seconds of each other. It

0:37:310:37:35

has not strung out too much and we

can see that happening potentially

0:37:350:37:38

as we get onto the second lap. Two

loops of 3.75 kilometres in the

0:37:380:37:44

classic style before they move over.

Right, there are some very technical

0:37:440:37:49

elements to cross-country, it is not

as simple as it looks. For those

0:37:490:37:53

people who may be watching

cross-country skiing for the first

0:37:530:37:56

time, give us the layman's guide to

the waxing because although it might

0:37:560:38:00

sound like a boring subject, it was

a vital subject in Sochi because

0:38:000:38:04

despite all the resources that the

Norwegian team have got, at their

0:38:040:38:09

disposal, they got their waxing very

wrong in the first few races in

0:38:090:38:12

Sochi and it was almost a national

outcry. Give us the insider guide as

0:38:120:38:17

to what is important with wax and

why.

They did indeed and waxing can

0:38:170:38:23

win or lose you the race which is

frustrating when you put in all the

0:38:230:38:26

training and you are still relying

on your skis at the end of the day

0:38:260:38:33

but there's a lot to it. First, you

have glide wax which makes you go

0:38:330:38:36

fast downhill so that is about speed

and glide and in the classic style,

0:38:360:38:39

what they are doing now, you have

kick wax so in the centre of your

0:38:390:38:42

ski, you have a kick wax zone where

you apply the wax and as you

0:38:420:38:46

compress it, it gives you the push

to get you up the hill, one thing

0:38:460:38:50

you have to think about is getting

the balance between kicking and

0:38:500:38:53

gliding so you need to be able to

get up the hill but you want to go

0:38:530:38:56

downhill quickly as well. There's an

awful to think about and on top of

0:38:560:39:06

that, you have do have a good set of

skis to be waxing.

Lot happens

0:39:060:39:09

behind this keys Vilhete magazines

which is decisive in terms of

0:39:090:39:11

getting the athletes to the start

line and in shape where they can

0:39:110:39:14

win. This week, the Swedish coaching

team has had a struggle with narrow

0:39:140:39:18

virus and even if it takes 0.5% of

someone like Charlotte Kalla or

0:39:180:39:22

Stina Nilsson, who has an outside

chance of doing something here, that

0:39:220:39:27

disruption is big news, headline

news in Sweden all week. But still,

0:39:270:39:30

the Swedish press are saying if ever

there was a chance for Charlotte

0:39:300:39:34

Kalla to win an Olympic skiathlon,

today's the day.

It definitely could

0:39:340:39:40

be her day but still too early to

tell. I think we will find out as

0:39:400:39:43

the race progresses, still a good 20

people in the front pack so let's

0:39:430:39:48

see how it goes. I think she could

do really well today. I've got good

0:39:480:39:51

feelings for her.

The first four

circuits completed. It is 3.75

0:39:510:39:59

kilometres twice in classical and

then we have a transition zone, it

0:39:590:40:06

is not quite like a triangle and if

you are fond of these swim, bike and

0:40:060:40:10

run but it's important to get in and

out as quickly as possible. A big

0:40:100:40:13

group altogether. Nobody has been

dropped. The cameras focusing on the

0:40:130:40:21

was ninth on the last climb on the

Tour de Ski, dropping back of the

0:40:210:40:25

big group and everybody else seems

as though they are very much still

0:40:250:40:28

in touch. We have almost had 50

going through, 62 in total.

When we

0:40:280:40:37

see 60 comes through, 62 is Annika

Taylor. She's the British contender

0:40:370:40:40

we have, used to be... Born in

California, her father is British

0:40:400:40:47

and she has been part of the British

team since 2013, I believe and you

0:40:470:40:51

overlapped with our remit but give

us a flavour of what the experience

0:40:510:40:54

will be like for her.

We did just

overlapped and she will have a

0:40:540:40:58

similar experience to me in Sochi,

her first date of racing in the big

0:40:580:41:02

games and it's different to any

other racing so you might have

0:41:020:41:05

raised at the World Championship or

the World Cup but the Olympic stage

0:41:050:41:08

is different, there's more exposure,

interest and people watching. I hope

0:41:080:41:12

she can really take some positive

experiences away from this.

0:41:120:41:15

Hopefully we will see some good

things from her.

Look at this. OK,

0:41:150:41:20

it is not a definitive bid for gold

but it shows you how confident she

0:41:200:41:24

is feeling, bearing in mind she was

a bit below form as we mentioned,

0:41:240:41:29

only fifth in the last World Cup

race before coming here. This is a

0:41:290:41:34

really confident piece of front

skiing from Marit Bjoergen.

0:41:340:41:37

Charlotte Kalla right behind her.

One of the duels we were looking

0:41:370:41:41

forward to. Heidi Weng is in third,

Hurst Berg in fourth, wearing number

0:41:410:41:46

two and a skier I to you is Ebba

Andersson of Sweden, really young,

0:41:460:41:52

world junior skiathlon silver last

year and fifth, her best ever

0:41:520:41:59

placing in the senior World Cup

race, she's definitely one to watch,

0:41:590:42:03

wearing 18 on the left and a bit of

a slip but she is an exciting

0:42:030:42:06

prospect. We were not really talking

about before the race budgies in the

0:42:060:42:10

place to keep track of the moves at

the moment.

Absolutely, she's nicely

0:42:100:42:15

positioned at the front and she's a

really exciting talent was in.

0:42:150:42:18

Charlotte Kalla coming to the end of

her career, they might be looking

0:42:180:42:21

for the next big star and Ebba

Andersson could be it. She was

0:42:210:42:25

talented at a very young age. You

mentioned the world junior medals

0:42:250:42:29

and she medalled the year before and

she went to the world Juniors three

0:42:290:42:32

times which is very unusual and

because of the age, each year makes

0:42:320:42:36

a big difference in your development

yet three years before the final

0:42:360:42:39

year, she was up there and competing

to the top places.

Charlotte Kalla

0:42:390:42:43

coming to the end of our great, but

Marit Bjoergen is almost dead yet,

0:42:430:42:49

how exceptional is it for Marit

Bjoergen to still be competing at

0:42:490:42:51

this level at that age? Mavuba we

could see Charlotte Kalla for a few

0:42:510:42:57

more Olympics yet but it's partly

about motivation, this is an

0:42:570:43:01

endurance sport like marathon

running where people get better as

0:43:010:43:03

they get older and there's every

possibility that as long as you are

0:43:030:43:06

injury free and you train well, you

can compete and be competitive in

0:43:060:43:09

your 30s. They head down towards the

transition area. OK, do these

0:43:090:43:18

cross-country skiers practice

transition as the triathletes do?

0:43:180:43:23

The triathlete's mantra is you are

never going to win a race with

0:43:230:43:26

transition but you could cause

yourself problems. If it was a

0:43:260:43:29

mindset here?

Absolutely, it is not

something people will spend weeks

0:43:290:43:35

and weeks or hours of practice on

but when you have a big event coming

0:43:350:43:38

up, you will make sure you put it in

a few sessions. It is easy to do

0:43:380:43:44

something, to incorporate it into an

interval session, you could do half

0:43:440:43:47

of an interval one technique and

changing over so you are practising

0:43:470:43:51

out of competition which is

important.

In an ideal world, how

0:43:510:43:55

long should the transition date for

each of the world-class women?

0:43:550:44:00

Already as they have come past the

back line, they were able to start

0:44:000:44:03

skating and they are taking the

poles off so they can unclip their

0:44:030:44:09

skis, clip into the other skis, pick

up the new poles and move out so

0:44:090:44:14

they should be in the box for no

more than ten seconds.

Jessica

0:44:140:44:19

Diggins wearing number three, there.

And now we get into the second half

0:44:190:44:23

of the race, classical finished for

the first 15 or so of these

0:44:230:44:28

cross-country skiers. I wonder how

long we will wait before the big

0:44:280:44:33

move comes as to muck it is a

0:44:330:44:42

move comes as to muck it is a shame

for Ragnhild Haga. Her uncle

0:44:420:44:44

represented the way cross-country in

1980 but she will have to work to

0:44:440:44:47

close the gap on the leading group.

She tends to be slightly stronger in

0:44:470:44:51

the freestyle that we have moved

onto so she's not totally out of it

0:44:510:44:54

but she will have to work really

hard to get back up to the front.

0:44:540:44:58

The danger is as well that if you

work too hard to get up to the front

0:44:580:45:01

back, you burn the matches by the

time you get there and then if

0:45:010:45:05

anyone in a front group makes a

move, you've nothing left to go with

0:45:050:45:07

them so it is a dangerous position

to be in.

0:45:070:45:15

One skier we haven't mentioned is

Natalie Gnabry Ava. She is only 21,

0:45:150:45:27

she is an Olympic athlete

representing Russia and she is right

0:45:270:45:31

up to Charlotte Kalla in second

place. We can already see a group of

0:45:310:45:36

seven or eight just beginning to

pull away. I wonder at what stage we

0:45:360:45:41

might start to see a big move?

The

little gap is starting to emerge on

0:45:410:45:46

the right of your picture, we have a

group of nine with maybe a couple

0:45:460:45:51

hanging on to the coat-tails. It

looks like we are starting to get

0:45:510:45:55

this main pack that may be the

winner will come from.

You have the

0:45:550:46:00

two Swedish athletes and then you

have three or even four from Norway.

0:46:000:46:08

But Charlotte Kalla

0:46:080:46:18

But Charlotte Kalla followed by

Andersson, who is having a fantastic

0:46:180:46:19

race. At what stage do you expect

and moved to come if they are going

0:46:190:46:26

to give themselves the best possible

chance of beating Bjoergen?

We don't

0:46:260:46:38

tend to see this very often in the

women's races.

0:46:380:46:49

women's races. They were crawling

over the top of the hill and I think

0:46:490:46:51

someone soon will make a move.

Is it

a case of someone forcing themselves

0:46:510:46:56

to be brave?

I think so, some of

them here know they are not as

0:46:560:47:03

strong when it comes to the Sprint

finishes and will have to push the

0:47:030:47:09

pace.

0:47:090:47:17

pace. Stadlober, she doesn't have a

very strong sprint finish.

This is

0:47:170:47:26

gearing up to be a great last lap.

Bjoergen, Kante 's history but there

0:47:260:47:33

are plenty of women still in touch

who want to deny her this golden

0:47:330:47:38

opportunity to become the greatest

of all time.

Still got Stadlober in

0:47:380:47:46

that pack, Heidi Weng of the back as

well.

There are five or six people

0:47:460:47:49

who have the pedigree to make this

their own. But they are up against

0:47:490:47:57

someone in Bjoergen, who has done it

time and time again. The last two

0:47:570:48:03

Olympic ski at once, she has fended

off everybody. It must play on the

0:48:030:48:07

minds of the rest of the pack. What

would Bjoergen do, what should I be

0:48:070:48:13

doing now?

Absolutely, she will be

hard to beat in the final sprint. I

0:48:130:48:20

think she still has something in the

tank. She has got to be feeling very

0:48:200:48:25

confident as they go into the last

lap of the course.

0:48:250:48:32

lap of the course.

Von Siebenthal is

there and so is Jessica Diggins.

0:48:360:48:40

Charlotte

0:48:400:48:45

Charlotte Calor and Andersson, can

she upstage her compatriot?

0:48:480:48:59

she upstage her compatriot? It is

just about to get very, very

0:48:590:49:01

interesting. Marriage B Hogan has

not had this race all to herself and

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there are women here who can

genuinely put her under pressure in

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the closing stages. But how brave

are they willing to be and how will

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they have to push on the steep hill

coming into the stadium at the end

0:49:170:49:20

of this loop?

And you mention

Andersson, it is hard to

0:49:200:49:31

underestimate the rivalry. You see

Charlotte Kalla coming ahead and

0:49:310:49:42

moving forward. Sweden would love to

take this opening medal.

They have

0:49:420:49:47

never won the combined pursuit, as

it has been called. Two silver

0:49:470:49:54

medals. Charlotte Kalla, came in

here really fresh. Von Siebenthal is

0:49:540:50:00

still in there.

0:50:000:50:05

still in there. There is Bjoergen in

third

0:50:070:50:15

third place with Parmakoski just

behind her. This is a bold move from

0:50:150:50:20

Charlotte Kalla. She is already an

Olympic champion in the ten

0:50:200:50:25

kilometre and the team sprint. Can

she do it today?

This is a big move

0:50:250:50:30

by Charlotte Kalla. Bjoergen, played

it badly. Is she going to be able to

0:50:300:50:39

make the gap up? This is a big move

by Charlotte Kalla and she will put

0:50:390:50:42

her foot down to the top of this

hill.

These are the hills that will

0:50:420:50:47

separate the pack. Charlotte Kalla,

the Swedish fans have been saying,

0:50:470:50:52

this is her time. If she is going to

win the Olympic gold medal, it has

0:50:520:50:57

got to be today, the conditions are

in her favour, the snow is in her

0:50:570:51:02

favour. It all plays into what she

likes. There is no dominant force

0:51:020:51:07

this season. Charlotte Kalla, that

is a sizeable gap and we don't have

0:51:070:51:11

long left to go in this at all.

Bjoergen will have to do something

0:51:110:51:16

special. She only has four seconds

on the grid, but four seconds can

0:51:160:51:20

mean an awful lot here. That is

really big, what she has just done.

0:51:200:51:28

Charlotte Kalla, has taken it to the

iron Lady. Bjoergen can still make

0:51:280:51:34

history. Charlotte Kalla has been

brave, she has raced smart and she

0:51:340:51:42

has got this race at the moment, I

would say a little bit busy in, that

0:51:420:51:47

shot, but the Swedish fans in the

stadium are getting ready to be

0:51:470:51:52

very, very excited. It is not just

Charlotte Kalla, the youngster,

0:51:520:52:01

Andersson is also in the mix. We

only have one Norwegian in the top

0:52:010:52:08

three. There is Bjoergen, with

Andersson, the other Swede right

0:52:080:52:16

behind her.

0:52:160:52:21

behind her.

Look at this hill.

Charlotte Kalla is already loved in

0:52:220:52:25

Sweden, she is emotional and says

what she thinks. She is someone but

0:52:250:52:28

people really warmed to in terms of

the way she reacts. As she surges

0:52:280:52:34

appear, she's not only potentially

going to win the gold medal, she

0:52:340:52:39

will become the first Swedish woman

to be a three-time Olympic gold

0:52:390:52:44

medallist in Cross-Country Skiing.

She would put herself even further

0:52:440:52:47

out there as a national hero if she

can take this goal.

They are really

0:52:470:52:53

working hard as they go up this

hill. They were taking it easy, now

0:52:530:52:59

this is 100% working as hard as you

can and work as hard as you can.

0:52:590:53:06

Bjoergen won't give up until the

end.

If she makes up this now, if

0:53:060:53:12

she makes this up and wins this gold

medal it will confirm her as the

0:53:120:53:17

greatest female Cross-Country Skiing

of all time, to do that?

It would be

0:53:170:53:22

very special, Charlotte Kalla is no

slouch. Bjoergen is an incredible

0:53:220:53:29

competitor. I know her and I know

she will not give up. She still

0:53:290:53:33

believes she can do it.

It is

getting tight for second and third

0:53:330:53:38

because we know Bjoergen's class.

0:53:380:53:49

Parmakoski is there. Surely now with

the gap as it is, unless there is an

0:53:490:53:55

absolutely huge move up the brutal

hill coming into the stadium from

0:53:550:54:00

Bjoergen, this looks very much like

it could be a winning lead.

0:54:000:54:08

Bjoergen, 37 years of age. She has

got the class to close the gap but

0:54:080:54:12

if she is going to close it, she has

got to do something now. Charlotte

0:54:120:54:17

Kalla will be hurting. She was brave

and bold and she will be starting to

0:54:170:54:21

feel this and Bjoergen may come

under pressure from the Finnish

0:54:210:54:26

athlete who pushed her so close to

the world title last year. There is

0:54:260:54:31

Bjoergen, number eight. Parmakoski,

seven.

0:54:310:54:41

seven. Bjoergen has got to find

something here. She still could

0:54:430:54:46

produce history. Any medal will make

the greatest on her own of all time.

0:54:460:54:51

You mentioned about the history

would Charlotte Kalla. If she wins

0:54:510:54:54

the medal here, she will be joined

with Anya Pearson, the Alpine Skiing

0:54:540:55:00

as the greatest

0:55:000:55:08

as the greatest Swedish athlete.

Surely this is too much, even the

0:55:080:55:14

Swagger.

I think she has let it go

too much. This is too little too

0:55:140:55:21

late for her. I think Charlotte

Kalla has skied a perfect race

0:55:210:55:24

today. Bjoergen, not having it her

own way. Parmakoski is hard on her

0:55:240:55:31

heels. Bjoergen has had to work so

hard to close the gap to Charlotte

0:55:310:55:38

Kalla that she might not have the

sprint finish in her.

You can see

0:55:380:55:43

that Parmakoski, it shows that

Parmakoski is finding it easy enough

0:55:430:55:47

to stay in contention with Bjoergen.

If Bjoergen had something in her to

0:55:470:55:53

do something about this right now,

surely Parmakoski wouldn't be able

0:55:530:55:56

to stay as close as she is.

Charlotte Kalla has raised superbly.

0:55:560:56:04

Ebba Andersson, just out of the

medals at the moment, but this will

0:56:040:56:08

be a sweet moment for Charlotte

Calor. The grimmest will turn to

0:56:080:56:15

smile. She is going to secure the

first gold the 2018 Winter Olympics

0:56:150:56:21

here in Pyeongchang. I really big

effort from Parmakoski to try to

0:56:210:56:28

close down Bjoergen. There will be

his chief of the Norwegian today,

0:56:280:56:33

but not the position to which he has

grown accustomed. Charlotte Kalla,

0:56:330:56:39

Sweden's golden girl has delivered

the performance of her life. Bold,

0:56:390:56:43

brave and it is she who becomes the

Winter Olympic champion. History is

0:56:430:56:50

secured for Marit Bjoergen and she

is right to celebrate her silver

0:56:500:56:54

medal. Makes her the most decorated

female Winter Olympian in history

0:56:540:56:59

and she will have other chances for

goal. Parmakoski did her best to put

0:56:590:57:02

the Norwegian and the Swede under

pressure. She completes the podium

0:57:020:57:08

after the silver last year, it is

bronze this time. Marit Bjoergen has

0:57:080:57:13

created headlines on history, but so

too has Sweden's Charlotte Kalla.

0:57:130:57:18

What a race and what a performance.

Charlotte Kalla has been phenomenal.

0:57:180:57:26

We expected this to be a relatively

close race, if not very, very close.

0:57:260:57:32

We have seen these races decided by

one second or less. You watch

0:57:320:57:36

Charlotte Kalla accelerate away.

That was the perfect start to her

0:57:360:57:43

Olympics, Sweden's Olympics. Half of

Scandinavia right now will be going

0:57:430:57:48

Postal over the event they have

seen. That was a dominance, dominant

0:57:480:57:54

win.

0:57:540:57:55

That's all from us for now.

0:57:550:58:02

We'll be back tomorrow on BBC Four

at the same time with highlights

0:58:020:58:05

from the team figure skating.

0:58:050:58:07

And our live coverage

of the Winter Olympics continues

0:58:070:58:09

over on BBC1 at 11:50pm as we build

up to arguably the most

0:58:090:58:12

exciting event of any Games,

the men's downhill.

0:58:120:58:15

The downhill run about 1.5 miles in

length and a drop of 2000 feet.

The

0:58:150:58:21

men's Downhill promises to be a race

that could make Olympic history.

0:58:210:58:29

that could make Olympic history.

The

only way to win this is to take a

0:58:310:58:34

huge amount of risk.

Bill Johnson,

the all-American boy.

0:58:340:58:45

the all-American boy.

You are

watching the greatest ski racer in

0:58:460:58:47

the world and he is doing it again.

He is going to win the gold.

0:58:470:59:00