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After the postponement of the men's
downhill and the slopestyle
qualifying yesterday the women's
giant slalom was called off as well
today. We will start when things are
a bit calmer inside in the ice arena
with the conclusion of the team
figure skating. Yesterday we saw
Evgenia Medvedeva, one of the
Olympic Athletes from Russia team
who set a world record in the short
programme. Canada are in pole
position with three events to go.
The men's and women's free skate as
well as the ice free dance. Your
commentators are Catherine Downes
and Robin Cousins.
commentators are Catherine Downes
and Robin Cousins.
The Olympic bronze medallist
representing the English -- Russian
We will see how he
manages. There are eight quads
planned in all from the gentleman 's
side this morning so we will see how
He skates to Elvis
Presley because he says he feels a
bit like Elvis Presley. I read that
in an interview.
He is opening with a quadruple Lutz,
which is the most difficult of the
quadruple jumps. When it works it is
exquisite and when it does not it is
not great, and that was not a great
one there. He made a rotation so he
will be given credit for it but
obviously he wanted a landing and
not running edge, not a landing the
backside. The second quadruple. He
did not make the rotation there.
That will definitely be an X in that
box, the boxes up on the left of
your screen there. That is for each
element. Read it means review and
yellow means review and green means
accepted. A triple axle double toe
loop. Watch that box go green. A
technical panel deciding which
elements are clean and which are to
And now, Kearney got her and deliver
another clean quadruple jump -- can
he prepare and deliver? He has a
Yes, he can. Not the best landing,
so the judges' grade of execution
point for that jump will probably be
minuses, but he gets credit for the
element. Lovely light and easy
triple axle. A big jumping element
here that he absolutely needs to get
right. Two triple combination jumps,
the triple lutz and the triple
At the Olympic Athletes from Russia
in the silver medal position for now
and they would have wanted to see
those quads on point if they were
going to push the gold.
We saw in
the short program. He didn't quite
nail" and then again any long
programme, he went for them and they
didn't work out. He's very much an
all nothing skater.
Well done on
this season's best which is up on
the 180s. A pat on the shoulder, but
I think the whole team know that he
could have done better. The great
Patrick Chan. We saw him muddled
through in the short program, not a
performance that we were expecting
from the three-time world champion.
He took team and individual silver
in Sochi, looking to go for gold
with team Canada, here in South
Chan has two quadruple jumps plan.
There is the first, eight to -- a
toe loop and triple toe loop in
combination, the second quadruple is
a repeat, which he is allowed one.
And it is going to come right now.
Exquisite, absolutely glorious.
That should have been a chapel axel
in combination. -- a triple axel.
That is better, the triple Lutz,
loop, triple Salchow.
Second triple axel, made the
rotation but not the landing.
Two hands down on the triple loop.
The triple flip, added a double toe
loop, means to try and rack up some
points. -- needs to try.
The Patrick Chan that we know and
love has not yet turned up at these
games. The mistakes there, just
Look at this
perfect body position, body
alignment, great take-off, easy,
through the landing.
through the landing.
They have given
him a massive new season's best
comments previous was 151.27, after
a difficult season but one to 79.75
is a massive season's best.
context the boys heading for the
medals are going to be scoring over
Let's have a look at the
standings of that men's competition.
Patrick Chan, the three-time
champion leads the way.
champion leads the way. Adam
Griffin, what a skate from him at
his first Olympics in third. --
add-on Rippon. -- Adam Rippon.
And she's got it, the triple axel to
open the programme. The music from
Miss Saigon and there on the screen
you can see the green box ticked.
The triple flip, the triple toe
loop, did very well to save that,
but save it she did. And the triple
The double axle, triple toe loop.
Double toe loop.
Triple books, double toe loop. --
triple Lutz. Triple flip.
One triple jump left. A triple loop.
And she has got that.
Oh, my goodness me.
Team USA are on
their feet. There they are, cheering
on their girl. What a way to open
this lady 's long programme. Mirai
Nagasu on her Olympic return will
stop a new season is best for her.
137.5 three. She is top of the
standings for now.
standings for now. Here is Gabrielle
Daleman for the Canadians, as they
look to consolidate that gold-medal.
They are way out in front, seven
points ahead of the rest of the
field. She is a world champion
bronze medallist. This is her second
Olympics. She was the youngest
member of the Canadian team that
Sochi but here she is four years
later with a lot more experience
under her belt. She is a powerful
She is also the current
Canadian number one, the national
champion. As she was two macro
seasons ago. Last season it was her
team-mate. Gaby opens up with a
triple toe loop, triple toe loop.
A nice triple Lutz. She has terrific
balance and elevation on her
take-offs. She has had difficulty
controlling it in the past but last
couple of seasons good consistency.
A triple flip.
The second triple Lutz in
combination with two double toe
loops stronger in combination than
the first. There is the triple loop.
Final jumping pass. Triple Zarco and
a double axle she wants. There is
the Sawao Kato. There is the double
act so. -- axle.
That is it. That has got to be gold
for Canada. Clean and strong from
Gabrielle Daleman, and with the
world champions Tessa Virtue and
Scott Moir to come in the ice dance
it is surely now only a formality.
Just give them the gold!
to lay down the gauntlet, and she
did it. We are going to see a new
season 's best. You are probably
correct that team Canada will still
be in the lead.
I am going early. It
is a massive seasons best, 137.144
Gabrielle Daleman of team Canada.
Alina Zagitova, 15 years old, the
Prodigy who has out prodigies
Evgenia Medvedeva this season and
she beat the double champion to win
the European title just a few weeks
ago. She is something else.
In for the first jumping pass, and
it is the most difficult combination
we will see in the Lady event.
Triple Lutz, triple loop
The double axel, triple toe loop.
There is the triple flip, double
toe, double loop combination.
Another triple flip. The last jump,
Alina Zagitova, you little
firecracker! What talent.
She is 15,
but there is such maturity in the
choreography and in the way she
158.08, a new season is best
for the 15-year-old Alina Zagitova,
her first Olympics. Canada have an
unassailable lead so they are the
Olympic champions for 2018.
Olympic champions for 2018. The gold
is already in the bag so just a
masterclass then from the world
champions, Tessa Virtue and Scott
Moir and a fitting way to close out
this team event. The gold around
their necks once this routine is
From the Moulin Rouge to the top of
the podium that will put Canada out
of sight. Tessa Virtue and Scott
Moir are head and shoulders above
This solidifies their
second gold medal. They took gold in
Vancouver in 2010, and I absolutely
loved every second and every move of
What does this
What does this
mean, the team gold for Canada?
a testament to the strong
performances from our team-mates. It
was so inspiring. We had no doubt
that they would lay it down but they
gave a nice cushion as we took to
the ice and we were able to savour
their moment and embrace it every
step of the way.
Last time in Sochi
it was silver for the team, who
converted that to gold. What has
changed in Canadian figure skating
in the last four years, Scott? That
is a great question.
Give me a great
answer! I think we just have a
special team. I'm so proud of these
skaters and I think our attitude
changed from Sochi, I think we were
a little bit too casual. And this
team event now in figure skating is
just like the hockey and curling
medals, we are a figure skating
country. The choreographers, coaches
and skaters have come from Canada,
and we are proud of these athletes
for making that happen and this is a
great journey, and I think these
guys really deserve it.
days of spellbinding competition
team event is over, the medals have
been handed out and Robin and I have
been watching the action from the
commentary box above the ice, it
been quite a perch from what -- from
which to watch the competition.
of the performances might not have
started out the way they wanted them
but in the team competition, team
Canada came through in a blaze of
glory, and Virtue and Moir did need
to perform to take the gold medal
but they did it in such amazing
style. Some teams had set themselves
up for medal contention in the
That is what this team
competition has been all about. It
is brilliant to see Canada win, and
a celebration show that it means so
much today at athletes to compete as
a team, but really, they want that
individual glory. We saw some real
gauntlets being laid down,
particularly in the women's event,
with the 15-year-old from Russia.
She was just mind blowing.
skated flawlessly, and got a new
world record Medvedeva, then we saw
another incredible performance,
somewhat clinical because everything
she does is points first, aesthetics
second, but she delivered the goods,
and it is going to make an amazing
1-2, I think in the gold and silver
positions, but in which order, we're
not going to know. But then, the
triple axel, we have not seen one of
those in many years at this
competition, at this level.
Moir and Tessa Virtue didn't need to
skate to win the medal NBI stands,
but they are head and shoulders
above the rest. We have not yet seen
the French pair that they train
with, that could be the big rivalry
there, but for me, Moir and Virtue
The French team
have the world record score overall,
so they are not going to go down
without a fight, and I know, they
train together, they know exactly
what the other is capable of, and
it's a question of who's going to
deliver on day. Moir and Virtue had
this opportunity to skate in front
of the Olympic crowd and judges and
really deliver a performance and it
was a masterclass in performing, as
well as being able to deliver the
technical quality required.
it has been an absolute delight to
watch it with you over the past few
days. Canada are the Olympic
champions, the Olympic Athletes from
Russia take silver, with the USA in
the bronze medal position once
again. Now our attention turns to
taking individual glory, and the
tears get underway on Wednesday
morning. After the wind delayed
qualifying yesterday it was a
straight final but that conditions
make things very difficult, despite
that Aimee Fuller of Great Britain
still try to follow in the footsteps
of Jenny Jones.
So the women slopestyle files, after
the cancellation of the qualifiers
yesterday we have a full quota, 26
women dropping today and instead of
three ones and the best score
counting, they will ultimately get
two. Klaudia Medlova, one of the
trailblazers of recent years. She
made a name for herself dropping the
first ever double rodeo. She did the
first double caught frontside 1080
in competition. A big gap out on the
double kink rail.
double kink rail. Up and over the A
frame, setting up that final little
module and into the first of the
jumps, super corked, and goodness
me, that was incredible. She
essentially jumped off the roof of a
house and landed on her back. I
cannot believe she is riding away.
You can see that she got caught up
in the rotation, whether it was the
wind that caught her board, and
stored the rotation. Jessika Jenson
dropping in. Hailey Langland, Julia
Marino and Jamie Anderson rounding
out the very strong American
contingent who have made their way
into slopestyle. Jessika Jenson just
centring herself. The Americans
qualified through their own Grand
Prix Series and Jessica got a fifth
place there, the highest result of
this season. Pinning speed into this
little ramp. The body language, both
hands held out in front, she does
not look confident on this course.
feel a little bit nervous watching
her. That was a solid Switch 540.
That is more like it. Now the
frontside 360, very nice. Now, keep
the composure. And a big back side
720, new first place.
We have not
seen a run completed over all three
Yes, that is first place,
Aimee Fuller is about to
drop. The rider who burst onto the
scene with a very credible double
that -- backflip handicap double
under. She has been getting to grips
with this course throughout
training. The 50-50 on that big down
Come on, Aimee Fuller. Off
early on the kink rail.
early on the kink rail.
result is that she has been pushing,
a top-10 result would be good for
So, the under flip,
that is the single version. It
didn't feel like she had the speed.
You could almost hear her saying,
it's so windy.
You can see the wind,
almost horizontal on that second
Just making it over the
small side. Again, the wind, an
issue. It is a shame for Aimee.
Waiting for the wind to stop.
can hear her, though, saying,
waiting for the win to stop.
another rider who doesn't have the
World Cup ranking that is --
reflects her ability and level of
riding. She is a very tidy
competitor. Really difficult switch
grind, super technical on the kink
rail, but let's not forget she got
three medals in a row at the X
Games. She loves riding at the X
Games. Now into this jump, coming up
a little short, she needs to tuck in
now, no speed checks. And through
the 360, she clears it, despite
losing her composure. The front side
720, and there they go, we see the
first of the riders, she's got the
ball control, the internal
speedometer and maybe not in the
prettiest way, but she has made it
through really constantly.
go, look at that, 73.91, moving
ahead of Jessika Jenson. Next up,
Anna Gasser. One of the riders who
thinks this competition probably
shouldn't have run in these
conditions, alongside Enni
Rukajarvi, but bounced about the
best slopestyle ride in the world.
At the US Open last year she landed
the best run anyone has ever seen by
a woman in slopestyle. Let's see
what she's got, here. Really
attacking the course. 270 to
frontside broadside at the end of
the double kink.
Going without a
jacket, consciously thinking about
the wind, nice slip slide on the
down bar, looking good from Anna
Gasser. And the under flip, that is
how you did, and it is with a
revert, oh, my goodness.
this, doesn't see?
She sent it huge,
got the big trick out of the way
early, then calmed down.
Horrific effort from
Anna Gasser, though.
Anna Gasser, though. -- Heroic ever.
She has dominated slopestyle,
knocking Jenny Jones off of her
perch in 2012. If anyone can ride
this course, if anyone can find a
way around the win, it would be this
woman, the reigning Olympic
champion, the gold medallist at the
X Games, two weeks ago, Jamie
Just when you think she is
thinking about hanging up her
competitive snowboard boots, she
goes and learns new tricks. Look at
that, goodness me, liquid
It is a different
league, through the rails.
stylish, so smooth.
experience shining through. What is
it going to look like here? Massive.
My goodness. Legs, forged from
steel! She boxed clever, opened up.
I thought that was going to be a cab
Look at that. It is exactly what we
said, the ability confidence and the
trust in her tricks and the ability
to understand, the spatial awareness
at every point. She knows it wasn't
pretty all the way through.
wasn't pretty but experience got
83 for Jamie Anderson. A
big smile for and does very well
deserved gold medal position after
the first run.
That is so good to
Very, very good to see. The
Americans are sitting in gold and
bronze. An absolute lottery after
the medal positions. OK, the second
run here in the Phoenix Park venue
for all of the freestyle events. A
few of the wind sock.
Gaping like a
You can see this is
not the air, it is snow being blown
off the hill. We have more than 45
kilometres of gusts. It is good to
have Jamie Nicholls back.
have Jamie Nicholls back. Aimee
Fuller says let's do this. Certainly
at the moment the wind sock in
saying that it is good. Let us see
how she can go on these rails. 50/50
all the way to the end. A great
start. Nice. All the way through the
Yes, a nice press on
the final section of the King cry.
Through the rails nice and smooth.
Snap the backside 180 around.
Snap the backside 180 around. A good
grab. Come on, Aimee Fuller.
into this. She sends it really on
with the backside 360.
Now just the
She has gone huge.
God! I hope she is OK.
What a shame.
Too much speed. That picture says it
all. There is a snowstorm. A
blizzard almost happening down at
access the spiral of snow, a mini
tornado. Next Hailey Langland. The
girl who said you cannot judge a
book by it's cover but you can judge
a snowboarder by their method is on
course. That lovely art around, just
tapping the corner of the close-out
That is a good line, no one
else is doing that.
Wasn't quite as
tidy as she would have wanted a
double kink. Almost surfing into the
third feature to kill speed.
There was nothing functional about
it. That lovely double grab
frontside 360. Come on, Hailey
Langland. Backside and just made it
the knuckles. She has got enough
speed. Look at how stoked she is.
The Americans are cheering and very,
very justifiably. One of the
smallest and lightest riders in the
field has landed a full run.
think it is top three? Definitely
top three. Definitely top three for
me. The only question is whether
is a gold medal. I do not think it
is gold. I think, I actually think
it might be silver.
Oh, just off!
That is a shame.
Jessika Jenson stays in third place.
Laurie Blouin the Canadian.
got the 99 as well. She can do the
Interestingly, I don't think
it is about your best tricks here,
it is about what you can put
together in the circumstances, what
is your best stock run? Interesting
to compere Laurie Blouin with Hailey
Langland, Laurie Blouin is so
functional but Hailey Langland was
so fluid between each feature.
Sitting back a tiny bit. This is
where it counts.
She held on.
making it over the knuckle.
into the last jump. Switch 540. Yes,
she has got it. Another landed run.
There you go, second.
Look at the
Black eye sustained in training.
Second place. Next in, Enni
Rukajarvi, a rider who was not happy
about the conditions.
Is that your advice?
so. A day like today to is best to
keep it simple.
Are lovely rainbow
transition into the board slide in
the coming through the hardest
section of the course, over the
close-out and 50/50 backside 180.
Really, really nice. Half
cabin using the classic line at all
the Finnish men did across the rail.
Setting up as which were the first
take-off and dropping right to the
skewed take-off. Lovely. Cab 540.
She has gone big. Backside 720.
Holds on. Yes.
This is looking good.
Frontside 360. Bounces off the
knuckle. On the spot, Jamie, on the
spot. Where is that?
I don't know.
We currently have the bronze medal
position there but I think she knows
it is the end of her hopes. She
slots into third position. Anna
Gasser has written in four Big tests
this year and won all of them. La
slopestyle Konta she wrote was ten
months ago at the US Open and she
laid down the best slopestyle run we
have ever seen in women's
snowboarding. What can she do today?
There is no question she has the
I think even if she does the
cab under and plays it safe, she has
a very good chance of being on the
Blazing through the rail
That is so good.
That is so good.
her speed. 50-16 knows press.
is a hard line with the 180 and
switching to be urge to quickly get
on the rail.
A single and a one
under flipper. Jamie Nicholls called
it. She has gone huge.
it. She has gone huge.
Oh, my gosh.
That is so annoying. One of the best
slopestyle riders varies.
rider with the firepower of tricks
to take this down. Julia Marino is
currently in 11th place.
In the World Cup
ranking she is only one spot behind
Jamie Anderson, currently in second.
So smooth. A lovely
50/50 to frontside 350.
That is one
of the best top sections.
of the best top sections.
720. Clipped the knuckle and
bounced. Jamie Anderson knows that
she has claimed the second
consecutive Olympic gold-medal. Look
That is the one
thing I would say, you know what,
silver and bronze could have gone
anywhere but Jamie Anderson, the
cream has risen to the top of the
slopestyle today. Against the odds,
against the conditions, she managed
to land the run she wanted to and
her experience has told. Look at it.
She is waiting.
Curtains on the side
I hope she goes down and 's
methods on everything. Let us have a
Lovely first rail. The only
rider transferring from the big kick
into the landing with the stale
She is so smooth.
snowboarding, as Tim calls it. All
of these, it is muscle memory, isn't
it? A lovely shifty late switch
backside 180. Oh, no! Why? Why did
you risk it?
you risk it?
Yes. The method exposes
the wind even more. She must be so
happy, especially in these
conditions as well.
Tripod over the
knuckle. Jamie Anderson rounds out
the women's slopestyle final here,
and her boyfriend, the Canadian
slopestyle rider Tyler Nicholson is
the first man in the finish area to
congratulate her. Jamie Anderson
crowns what has been a very well
decorated career with a second gold
That tells more of
today's story in the finish area,
the wind whistling through this
halfpipe course and the courage of
the women should be saluted.
halfpipe course and the courage of
the women should be saluted. Jamie,
double Olympic champion, how does it
Honestly it feels insane. I
mean, of course I believe in myself
and I have dreams and I have goals
but the level of riding has changed
so much in the last couple of years,
it wasn't nearly as much as in Sochi
where I knew I had a good chance but
here I have no idea because there
are so many girls who could land a
run and win the contest so I thought
I would just let it go.
At the end
of the day, it is the Olympic final
and everyone wanted to ride. It is
not how I wanted or planned or
visualised four years of prep work
to go into today but I think if you
were lucky with the winter there
were some calm windows but the
majority of it was super
inconsistent and I don't think it
was a true show of women's female
slopestyle, which is a real shame
for our sport but at the end of the
day we have Big Air next week so we
have to pick ourselves back up and
stay strong and have a good rest and
recovery and go hard next week.
is all for today but we will be back
tomorrow at exactly the same time
Iran BBC Four. With weather
permitting it will be the highlights
of the women's halfpipe final and
live coverage kicks off at 1am on
BBC One. There is also build-up for
the incredible Elise Christie and
her short track speed skating and
fingers crossed you could be Great
Britain 's first medal at the
Pyeongchang Olympic Games.