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Helen Lander welcome two-day four of
the Winter Olympics. Yesterday
another set of medals were awarded
on a dramatic day here in
Pyeongchang, including gold for
Jamie Anderson in the woman
Slopestyle. Canada in the team
figure skating and the first medal
for Australia to claim silver in the
men's moguls. Team Canada are the
is now a double Winter Olympic
Jamie Anderson, goodness
me, how liquid snowboarding.
Kingsbury becomes champion at last.
Martin Fourcade, so much character,
so much heart.
What a jump!
more gold medals on offer today. It
is over to the women's halfpipe
final were all eyes were on Chloe
Kim, who was the clear favourite.
Could anybody challenge her for
gold? Over to Ed Leigh
Could anybody challenge her for
gold? Over to Ed Leigh Jenny Jones
to find out more. The most
successful snowboarder ever to strap
in, in competition.
This is Kelly's
fifth Olympics, can you believe
She has a gold that she
claimed that the first time of
asking in Salt Lake City. She has
won bronze at the last boss Mike
Olympics, and she is constantly
asked when she is going to retire. A
question you might have some
sympathy with, Jenny.
She is only a
year older than I was when I was at
the Olympics. It is easy to remind
all the time of her age but if she
is riding at this high level, why
shouldn't be competing?
shouldn't be competing?
Signature frontside air, the
backside 540. A lot of travel down
the pipe. Huge one side ten. 1080 on
the third hit, that is huge, into
the switch frontside 720 then the
backflip on the pipe, with the tail
grab air. Kelly Clark has set a huge
high mark here in the woman's
halfpipe finals. The 34-year-old out
of Newport Rhode
of Newport Rhode Island,.
come into this after having a bit of
a wobble yesterday. She would not
normally find herself dropping in at
the beginning of the finals in 11th
place at the moment. Coming into
this, she is at a disadvantage
having to drop near the start, but
she looks so much more solid than
she did yesterday. She came so high
out of the pipe on that massive
In 2016, she came out at the
US open in excruciating pain, came
third, then went straight for hip
surgery. Everyone was asking if this
was the precursor to retirement.
Here she is two years later at the
fifth Olympics scoring 76.2 five.
Next, Sena Tomita. The Japanese
rider has been going from strength
to strength, scoring a second in the
same competition where we saw Emily
Arthur take six. The Japanese focus
on amplitude. They have really
strong halfpipe programme. Just
Unit is that they
have all got their earphones on,
music is very important to a lot of
these girls. -- you notice that.
frontside 900. Into the backside
540. The frontside 720, just getting
the ball inside the top of the lip,
then the switch 720, then the
frontside 540, then straight air to
finish, lovely method. Great
amplitude on this. The most
technical trick of the run comes at
the top of the pipe.
If you do that
at the top it gives you a lot more
65.25 moves into second
place just ahead of Mirabelle
Thovex. Now the 24-year-old Haruna
Matsumoto. She surprised a lot of
people yesterday. And some other
names from Japan who we expected to
see up here, but, no. Has started to
make headway in 2016, getting seven
at the test event here then a
second. The big frontside air, to
start. The backside 540. The
The switch seven, out of the front
seven. Amplitude leads. And she
claims it. Oh! It is really hard.
These riders are really light, and
to get high up, you need a bit of
weight. If you haven't got it you
take a more direct line down the
pike to get speed up. By doing that
you then lose hits and it changes
the way that you do your tricks. It
is such a toss-up between
technicality, doing the tricks and
also getting amplitude. 70 points
for Haruna Matsumoto.
for Haruna Matsumoto. Now Liu Jiayu,
we have seen what she is capable of,
one of the most technical, stylish,
creative and higher ones that we
And she does a lot of
these tricks at the top.
We will see
hopefully, her first run, her stock
run has asked which method and she
is dropping them backwards now, and
that is like riding with your left
hand. She does the hardest, most
stylish tricks for her first trick.
It is so hard to keep your heel
edge. This is a beautiful run. The
big frontside five landing nicely,
high into the transitions,
back-to-back fives, now, the front
seven, could have got it round a bit
more, but her hands or indy air, she
is happy. She looked so relax. The
close-up that you saw of the landing
of the frontside 720, the arms down
by her side, the body language said
it all. She was in control and she
had that run absolutely dialled in.
That is her stock trick that she put
down, absolutely fine.
She does not
seem nervous at all. The frontside
five of the first hit, and I think
that this 720 could become a 1080 by
the third run. What we have
essentially done here, we put all
the ingredients in a big stockpot,
and we are going to gently bring
them to the boil! Hopefully we will
have a piping hot stew by the end of
And the attention to
detail, she is getting the grabs and
What is fascinating is
that these women have come from dues
Matt Dixon -- from gymnastics
programmes in China, then you have
them building slowly and taking
snowboarding. She's happy with that.
She's very, very happy. Chloe Kim.
She is of South Korean descent.
Parents emigrated to the United
States. The youngest person ever to
win three X Games gold medals. And
she has won them consecutively.
Wouldn't you love to know what is
playing in her ear, now.
without question the best halfpipe
rider in the world. Whether she can
put it together under pressure from
the Chinese rider Liu Jiayu is what
counts. Boom! Huge, to start things
off. She loses a bit of speed but
still gets the 720 around. The
frontside 900. There is the twist
with the indie crap. Into a huge
inverted seven. What a run --
inverted seven. What a run -- with
the indy grab. I'm not saying that
she is ahead of the pack, but she is
ahead of the pack!
ahead of the pack!
She keeps up
amplitude the whole way down. That
This is a fascinating
bit, the frontside 1080. Kelly Clark
but at any third hit, Chloe Kim puts
it in the second hit. This is the
frontside 900 further down but out
of the frontside 1080 Shias the
switch 720. It lacked a bit of
amplitude. For the first time ever
at X Games two weeks ago we saw the
back-to-back 1080. That is somewhere
that Chloe Kim can go that nobody
And she has two more runs
to give the back-to-back tens ago.
The gauntlet has been laid down by
Chloe Kim. Can you catch me? That is
why she got 76 for the incredible
run for Kelly Clark, the judges
needed space to go, for Chloe Kim.
On the form that she has shown over
the last three years, it is almost
expected. There you have it, the
confirmation of first run schools.
Chloe Kim in Gold Medal position.
Liu Jiayu in second, Kelly Clark in
bronze medal position has become
tradition at Olympics, that was her
position at both Sochi and
Vancouver. Arielle Gold, from a
snowboarding family, with her older
brother, Taylor. The frontside 1080
on the first hit. Is she going to go
a bit lighter? She landed it. She
has scrubbed a few degrees off of
the end of it, but she will take
that. The backflip on the third hit.
She needs to crank up the speed and
take a more direct line down the
pike, get the amplitude up. The
frontside 900. Lovely, the finish.
That is a very big run from Arielle
A huge run. That is a cat
amongst the pigeons run, right
there. With this at the top of the
pipe. She didn't quite get it round
but she held the grab for a long
Her Chloe Kim did the 1080 on
the second hit. She has upped the
risk level. I don't think she agrees
with that. Her face drop.
Interesting. Where can Kelly Clark
go? She had a brilliant first run.
Really, really strong.
Did she have
time to process what score just came
in there for Arielle Gold? That may
have affected what she then takes on
from that, what the judges are
looking for, etc.
certainly a couple of holes, and
under rotation on the 1080 could
have been a big part of it. That was
even bigger! Kelly Clark is going
stratospheric. She's got to put the
ten in here.
She makes it again.
Really nice. The speed has
completely gone, but she can
generate speed. The thing she's
really good at is pumping those
She is back up to near
enough the two metre mark. She had
both hands off the wheel, and
dripped onto the tail for that last
one. I think that is the biggest
first hit we have seen, the 1080
frontside air on the first hit.
There it was, both hands on the
That is so satisfying, isn't
81.75. They like the amplitude.
They definitely liked the amplitude
at the top. Queralt Castellet, no
doubt that this woman has the
ability to go stratospheric. Also
incredibly technical. Currently sat
in seventh place on 59.75. Lots of
work to do.
Beautiful style on the backside air.
Nice. The front nine,
into the backside 540. The speed is
Come on. 1080? Yes.
has squeaked it round. She was a
little bit lower than she would have
liked to have been because she
landed solo in the 1080.
frontside 900 to the backside 540,
gets the grab on that, really nice
and solid. Is she joining the 1080s
four club for that? In the 70s. Wow.
Next up is Liu Jiayu, better known
as bogey. She has a great run in the
She is ten points ahead of
fourth place so she has breathing
It is only four points.
of fourth place. She is in the
medals by ten points.
medals by ten points.
A better tweet on Mac,
I think. Into the switch seven.
Really nice. You can see her taking
a really direct line. Well else.
Huge line, absolutely massive. She
is happy. I think that was the same
run. She is just tried to go a bit
bigger honour to squeeze a bit more
out of it.
I would say was really
clean, the landings.
What it means
is that she is not thinking about
chasing down Chloe Kim, what it
means is she is into securing silver
place, do you think any of the girls
actually have that mindset?
grub and Loughinisland end.
a good job of keeping her speed.
amplitude has worked for her.
the finishes, that is what it is,.
She has put the pressure on this
Chloe Kim. Are we going to
see the back to back ten? We have
seen one at 1080 and she landed the
very comfortably two weeks ago at
the X Games.
I wouldn't be fulled by
the smiles and waves, she is a
fierce competitor and I think she
will unveil just why she is the
Queen of ladies halfpipe at the
Are we going to see the ten?
Yes. Oh! Chloe Kim is human after
all. The first 1080 was lower. It
was lower. She wasn't carrying much
speed but even though she landed it
is a perfectly it wasn't enough
altitude on the third it to get the
If that had been landed
there was no one else with the
back-to-back tens and that would've
closed the door on the gold but now
it is still open.
the scores after the second descent
down this enormous super pipe. Chloe
Kim, Liu Jiayu you, Kelly Clark are
in the medal positions and Arielle
Gold has a 1080 just outside the
medals. All four of the American
team are in and the first of them to
drop is Arielle Gold. She landed a
brilliant run on her second run. Can
she now step it up and tidy it up
and make it as big and clean as it
is possible to get? If she can, it
could push Chloe Kim.
could. She has arguably one the
biggest halfpipe contest outside the
X Games and you can get this done.
She can challenge for a medal.
She can challenge for a medal. Come
on, Arielle Gold.
dad said to her, back in the day,
when she first got into
snowboarding, he said most girls do
things the way girls do things and
you need to snowboard like the men
do. Or your brother who was also a
And also very good.
That is an
We will discuss
after the run.
huge 1080 to
kick things off. Switch seven and
build up the speed for the
amplitude. A nice backflip.
lost some amplitude there. She
Frontside nine. Huge
McTwist. Heave Ho at the bottom and
the hands the air. Is it enough? Mr
Speaker is that enough? I don't
know. I think the school was so
impressed because of the amplitude
and the fourth hit just did not have
it. She is grimacing because she
knows that backside air...
cleanly she gets the trick around
because we know that is important.
It is a clean landing, look.
not far off.
She under 90 degrees
and it is only Chloe Kim who have
backed cleaner and the first it is
Lovely grabs. Land is high.
She almost went a bit too straight
across the pipe. She should have
gone a bit further down and let it
run a bit. No, it is not enough. I
do not think it is enough. She is
claiming it but...
Well, it is
clean. Obviously she felt something
was better in that run.
was better in that run.
point shift. That is huge. You can
hear the familiar USA child going
down. It looks like it could be the
third snowboard gold medal in the
pipeline. We have already seen Red
Gerard do it and Jamie Anderson do
Kelly has got put trick into
this, hasn't she?
Another big trick.
She has two.
She is channelling her
in a Beyonce here, come on. Do as
Beyonce will do. A huge frontside
errant she lands a bit flat and it
kills the speed. Again a bit flat
but she is holding the speed. A big
frontside ten. It was beautiful. Now
switch seven. Again landing flat.
How is she still standing up?
A huge crippler and I think
that was the improvement.
the extra heat as well.
Clark move up the rankings with that
How does she come back from
losing that speed and then she just
drives back into it.
She is without
a shadow of a
a shadow of a doubt magic at finding
speed in a halfpipe. She can find it
from nowhere. If you looped -- if I
landed flat like that you have
instant pins and needles in your
feet but she somehow manages to keep
the speed. Every time she landed lie
didn't think she could get massive
but she did. A big backside by that
you spoke about it, she is holding
the grabs here.
Look at that, all
the way around. Check this, it is
the only thing I would say something
about there, she does grab it a
little bit. Look at the height. A
little bit of the ballerina in their
but I don't hope to call this one
It is a slight
improvement the Kelly Clark, but it
is not enough to overhaul Arielle
Gold. She remains in bronze medal
position and an agonising wait now
for Arielle Gold because we have ten
riders still to drop. Yellow macro
I feel a bit bad for Kelly
Clark. She was so close. But she has
more medals and more trophies than
anyone else. Give-macro she should
be proud of that. In the
snowboarding, not just women's
snowboarding. There was no one else
even in professional snowboarding
now who rides at this level who was
riding in Salt Lake City in 2002. 16
years ago. That is how long she has
been at the top of her game.
start -- a great step.
Thovex is going for this. She has
Straightaway you can see
the difference in amplitude from the
You really can.
interesting choice of run. She used
that trick at the very top of her
run before. Was she going for a
switch backside five? She looked
like she was coming round for a
second then. She used it and then
inverted that run. It was the other
way around on the run first time
that's also highly for her. I cannot
see how this is going to...
Beautiful style. You can see it
definitely runs in the family. You
have never come across Candi Kovacs
before type it in and it will be a
display of the best free skiing that
is available in the world. This is
his sister,. The Thovex dynasty is
pretty impressive. It is an
improvement on the first run score
but she doesn't change position and
you remains in eighth place. The
pressure now comes back up to the
top of the pipe and she has been so
relaxed all day, Liu Jiayu of China.
Her nickname is birdie. Such a
relaxed rider. She has been taking
cues from some of the most creative
riders in snowboarding, Danny Davis
being one of them, and she opens up
this beautiful switch method, one of
the hardest tricks.
This is a
celebration of snowboarding right.
Get ready. Beautiful and really nice
height on the second hit.
is, the 1080, go on! 900.
still so high.
The frontside ten.
Oh! She has gone! If she had landed
that we would have had a big game on
our hands. We would have had a big
game on our hands. Joanna Leigh
gives everything. -- Liu Jiayu gives
She knows she is in
there. She looks over the moon.
Arielle Gold is absolutely made up.
This was a beautiful switch method.
Really difficult really hard and
definitely if you were to award a
stand that trick of the day for
snowboarders, I think it would be
the switch method. It is not Spinney
flippy thing but it is nice and
spin of the 900 and putting a
grabbing at the last minute. Tier
still the height so she think she
could actually do it. She had her
foot flat to the floor the whole way
through that run, fighting for the
spin. It is not pretty but, oh! It
has gone. She needed a bit more
weight over the toe edge and there
it is, confirmation the Chloe Kim
that she is the 2018 women's
snowboard halfpipe gold medallist.
Liu Jiayu knows that she is the
silver medallist. Her second runs
scored gives her the silver. So, as
has so often been the case was Shaun
White, her fellow country person,
Chloe Kim will be gifted the lap of
I love this. She tweeted
this before she had even realised.
She has tweeted, when I finish my
breakfast, I wish I finish my
breakfast but I decided not to now I
am getting hangry.
Thank you for
bringing that gem.
She is eating is
pipe up for breakfast.
Please do the
back-to-back temp macro one.
back-to-back 1080. She
had her legs turned on and there was
the McTwist that defies logic. A
final inverted seven. Wow! Following
in the footsteps of the Sean White
in Vancouver. She landed
back-to-back 1080 when she did not
need to. Absolutely brilliant run
from Chloe Kim and no disputing who
takes the gold medal. I think we
might be looking at the beginning of
a very long reign for the new queen
of halfpipe snowboarding.
strong rider, an amazing level of
riding. The back foot over the edge.
So difficult to get the body
position for that. As soon as the
front foot hits the lip she is gone.
She uncorks like a wild cobra and
comes all the way around and locks
it in and there, at that point she
is only looking at this trick. The
composure when she was over the
board. You need to have the 1080
know that you are landing it.
clinging on there. I love that she
went for both of those and got them
just to make the point. She knows
she has already won but look what
she can do. I am so proud of this
standard of writing.
write hangry more often. I am
terrible when hangry so we are fully
aware but it works for her!
That, ladies and gentlemen, if the
ladies halfpipe snowboarding at its
very best. 98.25! A phenomenal run
from Chloe Kim. Look at that. Look
at what it means to her and it is
not just the Americans in the crowd,
the South Koreans, her lineage and
South Korean and her parents
emigrated to Southern California
just before she was born. Now she
has written here and claimed gold
for two nations. Confirmation of the
result. In bronze medal position,
Arielle Gold, just missing out there
you see Kelly Clark. In silver it is
China with yellow gel and in gold
medal position, dominating women's
snowboard halfpipe it is Chloe Kim.
and solid. Is she joining the 1080s
four club for that? In the 70s. Wow.
Well done, have you feared with the
lovely support not only from home
but here in Korea?
I have some ice
cream so I am fine with that.
tweak that you are hangry earlier
I was getting very hangry and
not focusing because my stomach was
rumbling. But I just channelled all
that anger from having an
anti-stomach into my third run, and
well done, how I was the standard in
All of the girls put
their hearts into choosing the run
and I thought, I would just enjoy
it. And I did. I did enjoy it and I
got a silver medal for China, and it
is an honour for me and my country.
It was a really good showcase
women's snowboarding and you are
going home with a silver medal.
Where do you go here? Wow, that was
an amazing day. I was lucky to be
there. And all my family were here
to support me and all of my friends
here and back in China to support me
as well so I am so lucky.
It is not
luck, you have earned it, well done,
congratulations. Thank you so much.
I'm happy for my team-mate, Arielle
Gold, getting third. She had a rough
time in Sochi and this was what she
I'm so happy that we did it
together. And we're going to get
home wearing medals.
disappointment of the women
Slopestyle final yesterday it was
great to see some riding today that
showcased the level of women's
Jenny, focused with a
medals. Before I do, I have to give
an ageing mention -- a mention to
the amazing Kelly Clark who finished
fourth in what is probably a fifth
and final Olympics and she has been
a pioneer of women's halfpipe
riding. An inspiration to so many
women including Arielle Gold, who
came in bronze today.
with that 1080 and landed at the
third and final one. Liu Jiayu, the
Chinese, fantastic final run but
neither of them could hold a candle
to Chloe Kim.
She's on another
level. She came as good as Shaun
White. With all that expectation and
pressure from the US and from her
new-found fans here in Korea, the
pressure was on the bus she won at a
canter. And with that final victory
run through the pipe she unveiled
the back-to-back pens, proving just
why she is the Queen of women's
halfpipe snowboarding. -- the
We are moving
into a new era of women's halfpipe,
Chloe Kim, take a bow. We will find
out how the men get on tomorrow, can
Shaun White reclaim his crown?
Shaun White, the finest of his
generation. The eyes of the world
are on this man.
A second gold medal. Shaun
White unveils the Tomahawk!
against the laws of physics!
Time to head
over to the men's Cross country
skiing sprint. This event dominated,
as ever, by the Norwegians. Rob
Walker and Katie musk
Walker and Katie musk -- and Posy
Musgrave can talk us through this
The reigning champion from Italy,
Federico Pellegrino. There is the
big Italian. Very impressive in
this, his less favoured style.
this, his less favoured style. There
is Klaebo. A massive response from
the Norwegian crowd to Teodor
Peterson. He got a silver, remember,
four years ago.
four years ago. That is Alexander
Bolshunov who took the under 23
silver, last year. Paal Golberg,
have to work really hard to come
through his quarterfinal.
Alexander Panzhinskiy, took silver
medal in Vancouver. The first
semifinal in the men's classic
cross-country. This is absolutely
loaded, this race. It is more than
good enough to be a final in its own
right. Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo
wearing two, alongside Alexander
Bolshunov, are very talented young
athletes from Russia, and the world
champion at the moment, Pellegrino,
in the distinctive blue of Italy,
alongside the speedy Teodor
Peterson. What a start this is for
Bolshunov. We know that Klaebo likes
to dominate from start to finish.
Bolshunov has had a great start. We
forget what a great young talent he
is. We forget that he's only as
well. In any other circumstantially
-- he would be the person that we
were all talking about what we're
talking about Klaebo this year. He
would prefer to be in first place
but he will not panic. You can get
the top of this run and turn round
and will be looking manoeuvre
himself back to the fun. Bolshunov
is doing a great job at the moment
to stay in the lead.
an opportunity as Pellegrino, the
world champion moves ahead of
Peterson. I wonder whether Bolshunov
will be aware that this type of Hill
plays to the strengths of Klaebo,
which is why he's trying to get
himself in a good, clear position
ahead of the inevitable attack from
the Norwegian Apple come from the
right-hand side of the Russian.
There goes Klaebo. There he goes. I
think that Klaebo will be putting on
the jets at the top of the hill. Try
to get in front, so that he has the
lead at the top of the hill. And
again, just able to put a bit of
space between himself and the rest
of the field. Pellegrino and
Bolshunov need to stay with them
when they come over the top but with
Klaebo in that front position,
that's way likes best, and just
fantastic as he comes over the top
of the hill. Brilliant acceleration
from the Norwegian. Allegri no
climbs a beautifully to move up from
third or fourth in to move up from
third or fourth into clear second
He had nothing on Klaebo as
he came over the top. The leader was
the make absently certain and
suddenly Bolshunov, the early leader
is coming under real pressure.
trouble with having someone like
Klaebo around is people think, what
can we do to beat him, so Bolshunov
has tried to lead on the front, but
he has paid for it now because he
has tired. Pellegrino is looking
Klaebo showing real
class. Pellegrino on the left,
Bolshunov on the right and remember
only the first two guaranteed
passage to the final. Klaebo easing
up, Pellegrino closing him down and
Bolshunov will have to weight and
see whether he is good enough to go
through as fastest loser. Great
stuff from the Norwegian and the
Italian. Bolshunov, paid a little
bit for his early pace. But he was
just desperate to do something to
ski the sting out of the finish from
Klaebo. Unable to do so on that
occasion. He will have to weight to
see whether that time is good enough
to go through as fastest loser.
impressed with Pellegrino today. We
think of him as a skate specialist
and we don't expect much from him as
classic. Unlike the way that he is
skiing. Looking very smooth and
strong these uphill parts of the
course, which is very important to
get yourself in place for the
Klaebo, one race
away from Olympic glory, and
Pellegrino will be joining him in
that final. Oskar Svensson.
that final. Oskar Svensson. Two
Finns in this one. One of them the
fastest qualifier. That is why he is
wearing number one.
wearing number one. The Norwegian
Emil Iversen in this one, keen to
make amends for that tussle in the
team sprint at the World
Championships last year. Len Valjas
coming through in the quarterfinals.
You can tell how cold it is by the
fact that they are waiting to the
last minute to take off their outer
A big opportunity for these guys
now. You would have to say, no
disrespect to the six men lining up
that Klaebo or Pellegrino you would
fancy would be the favourites above
the six men here.
I think that first
semifinal for me was a bit stronger.
Being in the first semifinal against
them a little bit more recovery.
them a little bit more recovery.
fastest qualifier, Hakola, with the
Finns in the crowd getting very
excited. Emil Iversen, he was in
good form coming into the Olympic
Games. Evil fanciers chances as
well, coming into this. -- Emil
Iversen. And there is Ristomatti
Hakola. The second semifinal. Right,
who is joining Johannes Hoesflot
Klaebo and Federico Pellegrino from
the first semifinal in the big
showdown? Emil Iversen is trying to
close the gap down. Ristomatti
Hakola, the fastest qualifier, and
what an evening it is turning out to
be for the Finn. He was six in the
World Championships last year, is
going to give himself another
opportunity of making the big final
at this rate.
I quite like the
chances of McVitie. Svensson is
looking strong, and Hakola is
looking strong. -- of Iverson.
Hakola made the final last year, the
quickest qualifier. Not necessarily
the highest profile man we have been
talking about, but he's doing the
business. He is fresh. Emil Iversen
was second in one of the recent
World Cup races and he takes a
little look over his shoulder just
to see where Martti Jylhae is. The
first two and the times of the
I do that first
expect semifinal to be fastest just
with the depth in that one. But you
never know. These guys know that
they need to be in the top two, and
sometimes then, you don't mess
around with tactics. Looking hot at
the front, Oskar Svensson.
to have to work harder. Ristomatti
Hakola wearing number one, wants to
make absolutely certain that he is
through to take on the best from the
first semifinal. Pellegrino and
Klaebo. Good pushing at the moment
from Oskar Svensson. Finland from
Sweden at the moment. It is building
up to what promises to be a
mouthwatering final between the very
best sprinters in the world. What
can Iversen do over the closing
stages to try to narrow this gap
from third to second? These two look
comfortable at the moment. Just got
to maintain their focus. They have
done the tricky right-hander. There
was a time between the two of them.
That was unnecessary. He didn't need
to mess around with pushing
Ristomatti Hakola there.
Hakola is hoping to make it through
to a from excessive global final. It
finished last in the showdown last
year and this is much better from
him. Oskar Svensson, he can afford
to look over his shoulder. It is
Ristomatti Hakola and Oskar Svensson
and they will not be fastest losers
from this one so it will be
disappointing for the others.
Ristomatti Hakola Oskar Svensson of
the two men make it through from
Really nice game. They
were able to ski home without too
much stress down the finishing
Ristomatti Hakola cannot
be regarded as an outsider in this
one. This is where I got a bit tight
between the two of the man bearing
in mind how much they were clear of
the other skiers, it would have been
needless for one to take the other
out but it was close.
I think Oskar
Svensson was being a bit silly there
because wrist at it Hakula took that
corner of the white but he had every
right to because it was the line he
was naturally taking anti-wasn't
trying to block Oskar Svensson. They
know to get that out of their mind
and focus on the final now. One more
race to go.
Ristomatti Hakola is the
fastest qualifier and Oskar Svensson
in second. They are the two men who
will join the best of the first
semifinal in what promises to be a
mouthwatering showdown for gold.
mouthwatering showdown for gold. Can
anybody stop Klaebo in that final? A
giant proportion of the Norwegian
population will be tuning in for
this earned interrupting lessons at
school to take a few minutes out to
watch this race of great drama, in
which they have not just one but two
I imagine Norway
will be on a big tea break at work
at the moment while they watch this.
OK, the snow has stopped and the
skies have cleared. The floodlights
illuminating the drama in all its
glory. Is this the moment as we
watch Paal Golberg, one of the two
Norwegians in this one. Various
Ristomatti Hakola. Is this the night
and the moment where Johannes
Hoesflot Klaebo turns all the
potential and all the World Cup wins
into Winter Olympic glory.
nervous for him so I can only
imagine what he is feeling right
He is making a statement with
the pink shades.
Matching gloves and
poles as well, very well
So many Norwegians have
made this long journey here to
Pyeongchang. It is a freezing cold
night and there hoping to be warmed
and illuminated by a 21-year-old
star in the making who delivers the
biggest occasion of his life. There
is Ristomatti Hakola, the fastest
qualifier. You make the final of the
World Championships last year. Can
he upset the bigger names on his
outside? Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo is
the new dominant force in cross
country sprinting. This is the
biggest test of his life. Federico
Pellegrino, a hugely charismatic
Italian and reigning world champion.
Alexander Bolshunov, the world 23
silver medallist in this event last
year. Long man of -- E Young man of
huge talent. Paal Golberg twice in
the top ten in the World Cup this
season, can get it right just as
accounts? This is the cross-country
sprint final for men. Watch the
fireworks fly. Klaebo is wearing two
and Pellegrino is of defending world
champion. He is wearing nine. Look
at the outside, Bolshunov trying to
put Klaebo under pressure. There he
is, the man on who an nation
expects. Can Klaebo deliver?
Bolshunov going to the front. That
will not panic the young Norwegian
just at the moment. Pellegrino is in
third, trying to close the gap on
the two Young pretenders up ahead of
him. Bolshunov from Klaebo.
him. Bolshunov from Klaebo.
opening up already on the field and
Bolshunov tried this in the
semifinal I tried to get in front
and not let Klaebo have its own way
and it didn't work in the semifinal.
We work in the final? I'm not
convinced her part.
doing that he can to give himself
the opportunity to produce what
would be a huge upset because he is
the favourite for this one, Johannes
Hoesflot Klaebo, there is no doubt,
but is one thing being a favourite,
you're got to deliver and Pellegrino
is not too far behind the world
champion in third.
There is a bit of
a gap there but it is no close deal.
Pellegrino is doing a good job to
close it back again. Elephantastic
ski in the second semifinal and he
made up the bitter ground here and I
am expecting Klaebo to do the same
as it did in the semi and I think it
will put on the Jets any time now.
He goes to the right of Bolshunov
and he gets a clear lane so he can
push forward and get in front.
driving and pushing. He has got the
weight of the nation on his
shoulders. He is carrying that
favourite tag, but at the moment he
is living up to the hype. He has got
his own unique style and he is
streaking away from a world class
field now on a brutal incline and he
has made it look easy. Bolshunov
this class and in second place at
the world champion, Pellegrino, is
in third but surely this is now
Klaebo 's to take. He did the
monstrous climb in style. Yellow
Macri Best the field apart as he ran
across the top of the hill.
tight at the bottom and it didn't
look like a sure thing but at the
top of the field he has clear Skase
-- space between man he could cruise
home now but I think he will keep on
pushing figures around the corner so
he can guarantee himself a
We are watching a
separate battle here. Canas has the
club have looked over his shoulder.
He has taken apart and amazing field
and he is miles clear. You do not
see sprint races won by this margin.
Bolshunov is winning the battle for
silver at the moment but Pellegrino
is closing him down. It is a
glittering and glorious night for
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo who lives
up to all the hype and expectation.
A new star is born tonight here in
gold chain. Pellegrino lunging for
the line to try and steal the silver
medal from Bolshunov. That was the
sideshow. The main attraction was
the star man delivering under the
most immense pressure with the
nominal style and grace. Johannes
Hoesflot Klaebo, remember the name,
you saw his first Winter Olympic
gold right here in Pyeongchang.
gold right here in Pyeongchang.
said we would see as star in the
making and he lived up to the hype.
It was unbelievable. Still waiting
to find out who got the silver and
bronze. Pellegrino has just been
confirmed as having the silver
medal, what an amazing ski from him.
It was by eight hundredths of a
second but Klaebo was already easing
up at the line. That is incredible
from a 21-year-old. Bearing in mind
just how much hype there would have
been around that race in Norway, and
he would have known that. He is on
social media and he knows the
questions he has been getting in
press conferences in the last 1.5
weeks here and the last 1.5 months
back in Norway, it was absolutely
phenomenal. Let us focus on the
brilliant lunch for the line from
Pellegrino. Making that huge frame
count. Two 100th of a second and he
had longer legs, it doesn't matter
how he did it, it was silver for him
and bronze for Bolshunov.
ski from Pellegrino. We shouldn't
take anything away from the other
two guys on the podium because they
had fantastic skis. Pellegrino will
find this really sweet. As we said
earlier, we discount in classic but
to come to take a tonight, he will
not care about all of those other
results. It was a great final,
The manner of
that victory reminds me of Usain
Bolt thumping his chest in 2008
unexpectedly and brilliantly winning
the first of his story Olympic 100
metre titles. A different surface, a
different man, the same impact. That
was absolutely huge from the
Norwegian. Races over that distance
are never won by that margin, that
He has the confidence
and belief in himself and he came
here to win and anything less than a
victory, and a resounding victory,
that was what he was looking for. It
is just phenomenal. As you say, you
do not see people tap at the field
like that and to have metres of
space and be able to cruise across
the line with 50 metres to go is
just unheard of.
It was a privilege
to witness that race. Pellegrino
soaking up the adulation of the
crowd. It has been a really good
atmosphere and so many Norwegians,
Italians Swedes and Finns and even a
South Korean volunteers are getting
in on the action. Anyone there to
die is being treated to a really
great night of racing. Johannes
Hoesflot Klaebo is the Winter
Olympics sprint champion and he did
it in style. The world champion,
Pellegrino in second and Bolshunov
takes the bronze.
Pellegrino in second and Bolshunov
takes the bronze.
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