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Hello and a very warm welcome to Day
2 of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games
here in Pyeongchang,
and what a first 24
hours we have had.
Charlotte Kalla becomes the
skiathlon Winter Olympic champion.
And the hosts have gold! They have
struck gold! This is great skating
from Elise Christie! She is safely
through to the quarterfinals.
Hopefully more of the same today,
and we'll head first
to the Gangeung Ice Arena and Day 2
of the Team Figure Skating.
On Friday, we saw the Olympics
Athletes from Russia,
Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir
Morozov, lead the pairs
While in the men's, it was
Japan's Shoma Uno who impressed.
But it was the Canadians who were
leading the overall competition.
Today, it was the turn of the ice
dancers and the women
in the short programme,
and after that, the top five
countries will return
for the free skate.
We'll see the pairs today.
Kat Downes and Robin Cousins can
talk us through this one.
COMMENTATOR: As you can hear from
the roar of the crowd and the waving
from the Star Spangled Banner is in
the audience, these are the first of
the big names when it comes to ice
dance, Maia Shibutani and Alex
Shibutani of the US, brother and
sister, three-time World
Championship medallists and social
Terrific six loops of twizzles
there. Always such precision with
these two skaters.
Neat as pins, those two.
been since they burst onto the scene
as juniors. They were junior world
champions and it was the precision
and their technical ability that
really stuck out then and it is what
has carried them through, their
technical prowess that has always
carried them forward. There is such
precision in the technical detail.
Wow! That is a leap up. I mean, that
is at least ten points higher than
everybody else. This is the first
chance, then, four B Blackcomb to
decide, which are you? These are the
Canadians, Tessa Virtue and Scott
Moir, the reigning world champions,
silver medallists from Sochi in the
last Olympics, and they were deeply
disappointed with that. Took a
couple of years when from
competition and came back to win the
World Championship last year. --
away from competition.
I'm going to
let you watch.
If you couldn't tell that that is a
class apart, then you are probably
watching with your eyes closed.
absolutely love watching Tessa and
Scott 's gate. -- Scott 's gate.
They've been skating together for
over 20 years. So let's see what the
judges made of this. 80.51, a
massive score. Canada were top of
the team standings before they
skated and they are now very much at
the top of the team standings. We
will have a clearer picture after
the last couple has skated, and they
are out on the ice at the moment.
Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri
Soloviev are the last couple to
skate in the ice dance short
programme, the Olympic Athletes from
Russia. Heading out onto the ice and
in the absence of their team
colours, there is a massive bank of
Russian supporters away up to my
left all in the red, white and blue.
I don't know about you but I
couldn't take my eyes off her
earrings! They had a life of their
I think that is one of the best
skates they have had this season.
74.76, then, for the Olympic
Athletes from Russia and they are in
third place behind the USA and
Ladies and gentlemen, this
concludes team event ice dance...
These are the results for the ice
dance short dance, Tessa Virtue and
Scott Moir head and shoulders above
the rest as we would expect of the
world champions from Canada out in
front, and the pair from the USA out
in second with the Olympic Athletes
from Russia in third. This is the
last short programme before we go
through to the long programme which
is where the medals will be decided.
Carolina Kostner from Italy looking
to bring all of her maturity from
experience to help out Italy, who
are in fifth place after the first
three elements of this competition,
the men's, the pairs, the ice dance.
They are clinging on to that last
qualification place for the long
programmes and the opportunity to
compete for a medal. Karolina
Grohova, 31 years old, for Italy. --
Triple toe loop after the triple
flip, but she fought for it and made
Much better with the triple loop.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Just a couple of moments then fork
Carolina Kostner, but solid, solid
skating, just as you'd expect from a
woman of her experience.
beautiful, beautiful programme and
choreographic li we talked about
content and if you go away, the
song, it's all about the things that
would happen, the desperation if you
were to leave me and she feels it.
75.10, so well down
on her season's best. This is the
skater for team Canada, our leaders
at the moment. This lady in charge
of the ladies' short programme, they
are likely to stay up there. Kaetlyn
Osmond, silver medallist at the last
World Championships and she'll be in
the mix as well when it comes to the
individual medals, I should think.
Had triple triple of choices triple
flip. Triple toe loop. Not the way
she would want to do it though.
Oh! Great body lean there Rhondda
triple lutz but managed to correct
it for the landing. -- one that
triple lutz, but managed to correct
it for the landing.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
A bit rough around the edges perhaps
from Kaetlyn Osmond, but she was
skating with real abandonment,
perhaps because she already knew
that team Canada have qualified, so
they are so far in front they could
not be knocked out of the top five.
The pressure was off for Kaetlyn
Osmond and she skated as though she
was just out there to enjoy it,
didn't she? 71.38 as well, quite a
long way down on her personal best,
so again, some rather perplexed
looking faces in the Canadian box,
but they are already through to the
long programme so team celebrations
for team Canada because they will be
through to compete for the medals,
but all eyes on the ice because this
is Russia's ice princess. Evgenia
Medvedeva but representing the
Olympic Athletes from Russia, back
to back World Championships for her
and out to lay down a marker to her
young countrywoman, who pipped her
to the European Championship. It was
a bit of a shock, Evgenia Medvedeva
coming back from injury though. But
she's here to save the gold medal is
mine, Hans off. -- Hans off.
Very solid triple flip, triple toe
Lovely triple loop.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Deep inhalation of breath at the
end. Absolutely exquisite from
beautiful performance. Seven clean
tick boxes there as well, all greens
as they happened, so no question of
the technical ability, but she just
has this, I said al fin earlier, so
light on the ice. There's great
power of speed but it's so light,
Yes, she has, it's a new season's
best for Evgenia Medvedeva, 81.06.
Here are the individual standings.
Evgenia Medvedeva representing the
Ellie Slee -- Olympic Athletes from
Russia, way, way out in front, takes
ten points. Carolena Carstens in
second and Kaetlyn Osmond, the world
silver medallist in third. We've
reached the business end of this
team competition, the short
programmes are over and done with
and with ten teams we started with
here have been whittled down to the
five best in the world.
five best in the world. The
Italians, the five times singles
champion she was, she came 11th at
the Sochi games in the singles, he
came 11th in the pairs. Here they
are, teamed up together at
And making their
Olympic debut here. Their team-mates
performed the short programme. What
can they do with this free
Oh, much stronger than they have
done the triple twist in practice.
They can make the triple toe loops
that they want. Lovely.
Triple salchow, double toe, double
toe, excellent. I'm not sure about
the camera angle but the jumps were
Gorgeous throw and triple loop.
One big element left, throw and
triple lutz. Beautiful.
What a show! Oh, that is how it
feels to get green boxes across the
board. Look at that!
I knew that
scream was coming. That was
absolutely superb! Probably the best
I have seen them skate and they have
not been together that long. Oh, I
love this. When it works like this.
That was absolutely superb. We shall
see. They're skating has moved on
leaps and bounds but goodness me,
those green boxes came up quickly.
Oh, my goodness, it's big!
Oh, my goodness, it's big! 138.44, a
new season's best. What a
performance from the Italians.
performance from the Italians. These
are some big Canadian chances for a
gold medal, perhaps, even in the
individual. If Megan Duhamel and
Eric Radford can't recapture top
spot for team Canada, then who can?
Silver at last year's team event.
They are going for gold this time.
Opening with a triple twist.
Side by side, triple lutzes.
And now the biggest element of the
pairs championship, if they go for
it, it is a throw quadruple salchow.
Take that breasts.
they have got it clean, hands down
but they made the rotation.
Now a triple lutz coming, there,
down, got it.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Big tricks from Canada's big guns
and that is surely enough to see
them back into the gold medal
Absolutely. Probably one
of the best performances they have
given of the season so far which is
what they want. "Yes, Yes, yes", she
148.51 and that is a massive
lead for them in the pairs free
skate event, ten points clear of the
Italians in second and that puts
Canada back up to the top of the
standings as we return to the ice
for the final couple for this pairs
free skating competition and they
are the recently crowned European
bronze medallists, Natalia Zabiiako
and Alexander Enbert.
They represent the Olympic Athletes
from Russia, currently in silver.
Triple toe loop, double toe loop,
double loop, just to be slightly
different in the combination.
They would have wanted those to be
side by side triple salchows.
Very nice, triple flip.
Huge throw triple loop.
That will be costly. That is a
Just an untimely trip, wasn't it,
Just an untimely trip, wasn't it,
from Natalia, came out of nowhere.
Did very well to save it. She didn't
fully go to the floor. We will see
whether or not they get a deduction.
133.28, the deduction for the knee
down, the trip, could prove costly,
way down on their personal best and
the Olympic Athletes from Russia
were in the Silver medal position
after the ladies Short skate but we
will see where that leaves them in
the overall standings.
the overall standings. Let's have a
look at the free skating results.
Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford way
out in front, taking ten points.
Brilliant performance from the
Italians in second and the Olympic
Athletes from Russia after that
costly trip, only take eight points
and third position. Of course, this
is a team event. Let's see how the
team standings are going into the
Look at Italy, just one point behind
the USA as well, in fourth position.
Japan is not yet out of it, they
have some brilliant individual
skaters skaters to come perhaps
tomorrow. It all comes down to what
happens in the men's, ladies' and
ice dancers when they fight it out
for the medals tomorrow. Canada are
the ones to chase down,
for the medals tomorrow. Canada are
the ones to chase down, they have a
6-point lead over the rest of the
field in the gold medal position.
After the short programme it was ten
teams, that's whittled down to just
the five best in the world. Canada
wants to catch. It comes down to
team tactics today, doesn't it,
because we knew who we were going to
see skating in the short programmes,
but it comes down to which skaters
do you put out on ice to try to
chase down those medals in the final
day of competition?
For those teams
that are big enough, Canada, Japan,
the USA, the Olympic Athletes from
Russia, they have a choice the
Italians, the only male they have
will be competing so he has to be on
board, but the others will be
deciding who they want to rest, who
might be a medal contender in a few
days' time, or do they go, I'd want
to compete now as well. We saw
Meagan Duhamel has to be in the mix
for gold in the pairs, short and
long programme for this team event,
so everybody has a different tactic,
not only from a team's point of view
but from the skaters' point of view.
How do you go out, what do you want
to do, what do you want to say to
the world? You have a team
competition, do you want to get out
there and try at first.
competition matters. The skaters we
are seeing in action are here for
individual glory in the main, but
they still want to take home team
medal, don't they?
are skaters who are part of a team
that would never be close to being
on a podium in their individual
events, so collectively as a team it
is nice. We saw the first team gold
medal go out in Sochi, here we are,
Games number two and let's see what
happens today. It will be a
bunfight, I think, to be honest.
Canada are way out in front. Who are
your favourites to chase them down?
Japan have some superstars,
particularly when it comes to the
Do with the men, they do with
the ladies. They don't really the
dance. You have to say it's USA
dance. You have to say it's USA who
have a chance in all three, then you
have the Olympic Athletes from
Russia, it doesn't really matter who
they pick, they are all in the mix.
It's definitely Canada's gold to
lose but let's see who decides to
come up from behind and maybe try to
pick them to the post.
to lose, they came away with the
silver in Sochi, looking to go one
better here and there in a brilliant
position going into the final day's
competition, six points clear of the
rest of the field with the Olympic
Athletes from Russia in silver and
United States in bronze, Italy one
point behind them and Japan in
fifth. It's really tight as we see
where the medals will go.
Well, the team event concludes
tomorrow and we'll have extended
highlights of that here on BBC4.
Can the Canadians
take that gold medal?
Yesterday, we saw Sweden's Charlotte
Kalla take the first
gold medal of the games
in the women's skiathlon.
She finished just ahead
of Marit Boergen, whose silver
made her the most decorated woman
in Winter Olympics history.
Today it's the turn of the men
and Great Britain does
have an outside chance of a medal
in Andrew Musgrave.
He's been talking to Graham Bell.
Pyeongchang, your third Winter
Olympics. What have you learned from
Vancouver and Sochi?
When I first
went to Vancouver I was pretty
young, still a junior, not that
experienced. I was definitely just
going to find out what the Olympics
was like. Sochi, I went there and I
did slightly underperformed compared
to what I thought I should be able
to do. Like, I've learned a lot,
especially after Sochi, about how to
peak form, how to deal with pressure
on things like that. So I think a
lot more experience going into this
Games than I was last time.
the Norwegian Championships ahead of
Sochi and that kind of got you of
press. Is it put extra pressure on
you ahead of Sochi?
I think I did
get a bit affected by it. I trained
a little bit too hard, did a little
bit too much in the lead up and I
didn't do what I normally do, and I
let things go to my head. That's one
of the things I've learned.
you said you skied like a
tranquillised badger. Why a badger?
It's a very good question! I don't
know, the first thing that came into
my head when I was so annoyed with
the race. I don't think I was ever
going to be one of the favourites
for a medal but I should have done
better than I did.
The guy who you
beat just a few weeks before won the
Just too good on the day, what
Yeah, he did. I
outperformed myself on that day, I
think and if I'd have done the same
again in the Olympics I could have
obviously been there fighting for
the medal, whereas I feel now that I
should be able to be at that level
without having to have a super
What do the British
team have that gives them an
advantage over say the Norwegians,
all the Swedes, or the Russians?
What gives you an edge?
The fact we
are a small team, sometimes it's a
disadvantage, but sometimes it can
be an advantage. Like we look at
things differently. We've come from
a different background, where is the
big teams do the same things,
they've always done. They've got
this big structure and it's kind of
hard to change. So we can come in
and like think of things we've done
differently that may work that
they've never even thought of
Looking good for
Pyeongchang. Which disciplines,
which events, are you targeting?
15 kilometre is the skate race so it
will be pretty much my main event
and the 30 kilometre, which is a
combination of both classic and
skate. You do the first 15
kilometres classic and the second 15
kilometres skate, that's also good
for me because we finish in my best
style so it's those two races I'm
So what are your
hopes and expectations from
I was fourth at the
World Championships last year and I
feel like I've done -- I've become a
better skier this year than last
year, so this year it's realistic
for me to be fighting for a medal in
the 30 K and 15 K. Bring home a
medal, that is the goal.
The first event in the men's cross
programming they cross-country
programme, the 30 kilometre men's
skiathlon. They are under way. This
is a race we've been looking forward
to for the last few months, bearing
in mind the form of some of the very
best in the world. There's so much
history on the line for so many
competing here today.
competing here today. The first man
to successfully defend a third
title, the dominant force on the
World Cup circuit hoping to become
the youngest ever Winter Olympic
champion, seven, that was Krueger
who fell, a real shame, and 27,
that's Toni Livers back in his
fourth Games. That's a real shock.
The good news from their
perspective, I guess, is that
hopefully the pace won't be too
fast, they'll have an opportunity to
get back but that's Krueger, who was
fresh and rested for these games.
Let's see if we can get another
indication as to what happened.
can see at the front there, it looks
like it's Krueger that goes down
first, and then gets caught up with
the two athletes from Russia, 11 and
16. Watch seven, he trips on the
right skied, it looks like there's a
collision centrally, you're on top
of each other. You have 11.
the ultimate test of the
cross-country skier. Half the race
in freestyle, half the race in
classical. Look at this from Andrew
Musgrave, oh, my goodness me. What
an effort, what a performance so
far. He's just got to keep it going.
Even if he doesn't end up on the
podium, what confidence this will
give him for his best event, the 15
K. No Briton ever inside the top 25
of any cross-country ski race in the
history of the Winter Olympic Games,
and can you believe it, he's
absolutely flying at the moment.
Musgrave is doing all the hard work
here. He's the silver medal
position. I'm just enjoying saying
that! I really am. Less than four
kilometres to go. Krueger clearly
feels that going hard with four K to
go is his best chance of getting on
the podium and may be winning this
race. If you're new to cross-country
skiing, you're more used to watching
distance running, the same
principles of bravery apply. To go
this far out shows you his intent.
Now a few athletes coming past
Andrew Musgrave. Needs to hold on
here, the Briton. Maurice Manificat
is in second place with defending
champion in third. A few metres open
up between Andrew Musgrave and the
men who are currently not battling
for three medals, battling for two.
It's Norway one, two and three at
the moment. They are definitely
losing down on Krueger and they have
a monstrous crime still to contend
between now and the Finnish --
monstrous climb. Here it is. He is
seriously hurting now. His lead has
been halved, from 22 seconds, two
11. Heerkens Martin Johnsrud Sundby
in second place, Hans Christer
Holund just behind him. Norway
occupying all three medal positions
at the moment. Their lungs will be
absolutely bursting. Simen Hegstad
Krueger, having fallen right at the
start of the race, is going to
finish the day in a blaze of glory.
An absolutely incredible recovery
against one of the best skiathlon
fields ever assembled. Simen Hegstad
Krueger is the Winter Olympic
champion. He was down at the start,
but he wasn't out. You didn't give
up. The very epitome of what the
Winter Olympics is all about. Martin
Johnsrud Sundby upgrades bronze from
four years ago da Silva. Hans
Christer Holund coming home for the
bronze and we're still waiting for
Andrew Musgrave, a sensational
effort from the Briton. It really
is. Dario Cologna just ahead of him,
Andrew Musgrave in sevens. The best
previous performance by a British
cross-country skier is 29th will
stop Musgrave announces his arrival
at the top of the sport and says, we
Brits can be world class as well.
What race, what a finish from
Musgrave and among his scalps the
World Cup leader who could only
World Cup leader who could only
I thought going out,
we had a lap and a half to go, I was
pretty confident, I thought I would
be able to get a medal and I was
feeling really good and then just
tried to keep up on the last lap
underwent a bit hard and slipped
back through the field.
What do you
need to do to beat the Norwegians?
Go faster than them! No, I don't
know, I think it's a completely
different race when it is an
individual start and I think I just
needed a race to get back into it. A
couple of days easy training now and
I should be up there ready to fight.
That's all from us now, we'll be
back here tomorrow at the same time
is right here on BBC Four, with the
conclusion of the figure skating
team event and all the actions of
the women's snowboard slope style
final. If you want to watch it live,
head over to BBC One at midnight.
Thanks for watching.
Absolutely amazing. Look at that
style. It's beautiful.
Well, you've got to say that she
looks absolutely amazing on a
That is why she constantly topping
podiums around the world, ladies
Radzi Chinyanganya presents further highlights from Pyeongchang, featuring the second day of the team figure skating event and cross-country skiing action from the men's skiathlon.