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We've reached the halfway stage
of the Winter Olympics...
Welcome to Pyeongchang and Day 8.
Coming up later in the programme,
we'll find out how Great Britain's
Katie Summerhayes and Izzy Atkin got
on in the Women's Ski Slopestyle.
But first, we'll see
the Men's Free Dance and find out
who claimed the third figure skating
gold medal of these Games.
Over to Kat Downes and Robin Cousins
who are in the commentary
box for this one...
Now, young Nathan Chen, which Nathan
are we going to see today? Just 18,
so much pressure on his shoulders,
he's received a lashing in the
American press over the last few
days because of huge mistakes in
short programmes in both the team
event and the individual, but this
could be great. The pressure is off.
Absolutely glorious, that, to open.
The second quad, quadruple flip,
double toe loop.
Another quad flip, hands down,
Quadruple toe loop, triple toe loop.
And another. Quadruple salco, that
This is the performance he needed to
I'll show you, says Nathan Chen.
Write me off as a flash in the pan
at your peril. He answers his
critics with some whopping quads.
History had been made, one, two,
three, four, five, six quadruple
jumps. That's the one with the hand
down, and the rotation, no question
about him getting around their in
that programme, and a score of
around 127, a whopping 83.09 points
from those quadruple jumps alone.
Nathan Chen the first man to lead
five quadruple jumps in a free
skate, now the first man to land six
and at the Olympics as well. Wow!
That is a new world record,
I believe, for that free skate
A 40 point lead at the top
of the standings. Jin Boyang, a
World Championship bronze medallist
last year, and a great short
programme from him and kept him in
the mix. He'll be looking to keep
the pressure on Shoma Uno, Javier
Fernandez, even. His programme,
shooting for the stars.
Four quadruple jumps planned in this
First one, the Lutz.
You almost get
It was glorious, but how
close was that to the wall? -- he
almost hit the edge.
almost hit the edge. Second planned
one is the quadruple Salchow. He has
got that as well.
Triple axel loop, triple Salchow.
Quadruple toe loop. Completely off
kilter on take-off of that.
Another one planned, so can he do it
in the combination? Yes, he can, but
just with the double toe loop.
Triple Lutz, triple toe loop. Triple
Going Galactic, Jin Boyang rocketing
into the medals for now.
inspire as an overall performance.
Under rotated on the quad. It hasn't
come up as under rotated, but they
haven't had a chance to see that
slow Mo, but I would call that
194.45. Enough just to knock
Nathan Chen off the gold medal
position for now. But how
comfortable will the weight of
history sit on the shoulders of this
man? The reigning Olympic and world
champion, Yuzuru Hanyu, looking to
be the first man to win consecutive
gold medals at the Olympics in 66
years since the American take Button
in 1948 and 1952.
in 1948 and 1952. -- Dick Button.
Opening jump is the quadruple
He's got it.
It may not
have appeared three times in the
warm up, but it appeared when it
needed to happen. Write a in the
opening of his free programme. --
right here in the opening. Second
quad planned. And there it is.
Exquisite quadruple toe loop.
The quadruple Salchow, triple toe
loop combination. He is absolutely
on the money.
The triple axel loop, the triple
Saved on the triple Lutz.
Hanyu with sales on his skates. That
surely is enough for him to retain
his Olympic title? There were some
mistakes in there. It wasn't in my
-- it wasn't the mind blowing
performance of the short programme.
He gets a credit for the quad. They
needed to be a combination. Lutz, he
is leaning. Don't put your hand
In the free programme, Hanyu
A new season best. 20 points clear
at the top of the leaderboard.
Surely, ladies and gentlemen, that
is the 2018 Olympic champion? The
two-time world champion Javier
Fernandez, with his sixth
consecutive European title just last
month. He is only three points
behind Hanyu after the short
programme. This is his last
Olympics. He will retire at the end
of the season and would dearly love
to finish with a medal.
And if he
goes clean and all of the quads, he
could do it...
could do it... The quadruple toe
loop to open.
The second quad in combination he
wants... Quadruple Salchow. Double
toe loop. A right quad triple.
For triple axel, a triple toe loop.
He needs this second quadruple
Salchow, and just a double...
A triple axel... Lovely!
Guts and glory for Fernandez. He has
Big Blue the World Championship
twice but never an Olympic medal.
Surely he will be coming away from
Pyeongchang with one? But what
I think he needed the quad
if he was going to be pushing for
the gold but the performance is
glorious. He is so at home Alabama.
He loves it, and he delivers.
is so at home here.
is so at home here. It is the
season's burst. 197.6 X, but it is
not enough for a gold medal.
not enough for a gold medal. Schomer
is no knows that he must go
perfectly -- Shoma Uno knows that he
needs to go perfect, less than one
point ahead of Jin Boyang.
point ahead of Jin Boyang.
absolutely love this programme! Uno
didn't have a great warm up. Down on
the first of his quads, the quad
Could that mean a medal gone?
Three more planned. The programme,
collectively, is so strong. He will
not want to make another mistake.
The second quad is the flip... And
he has it!
And into the triple axel...
The quadruple toe loop, the double
toe loop, not the best landing on
the double. Two feet down.
That was the fourth quadruple toe
loop. And, it was the best one.
This may be crucial... The triple
axel loop, triple flip, that may
well be the bronze medal, right
there. The triple Salchow, double
Less than one point between Uno and
no medal at all. Has he done enough
to hang onto the bronze medal
A deduction for the fall.
That drops by four points. The last
quad was the best of them all but he
delivers such a strong performance.
I would like to think that the
component scores are working in his
He has bumped Javier
Fernandez. It is a Japanese one and
two. Javier Fernandez has too subtle
for a bronze medal.
It is phenomenal
for Javier Fernandez.
Back Olympic titles. Those are the
tears of a champion. Let's have a
look at the final combination.
Javier Fernandez, not the fairy tale
gold with which you wanted to end
his career, pipped into bronze medal
position by Uno. Then Hanyu,
back-to-back Olympic titles. He
surely will go down as one of the
greatest skaters there has ever
You have made history, the
first man in over 60 years to win
back-to-back gold medals. How are
first man in over 60 years to win
back-to-back gold medals. How are
you feeling now?
Just happy. I
cannot... Aah! I cannot think of any
more words. I just want to say I'm
It feels good. It wasn't a
gold or a silver but it was an
Olympic medal and something I always
wanted. My family and me put a lot
of work in today. Definitely super
happy that I got it today.
you are very good friends with
Hanyu. What did it mean to share the
podium with him?
It meant a lot. We
work every day almost together. And
we see how hard it is. We put in a
lot of effort. To have both of us on
the podium, it makes a super happy.
He's an amazing skater, really
Those screams are for
Hanyu, the back-to-back Olympic
champion. Retaining his title from
four years ago. What a competition
it was. He was not played perfect
but he did not need to be?
all on fire and delivered what they
could. For Hanyu, he had some leeway
in the bag with the short programme
but he delivered those quads and
skated beautifully. This is the
perfect podium, and it is exactly
Uno jumping above Javier
Fernandez to snatch a silver medal.
A brilliant skate from him. We'll
Javier be disappointed
Javier be disappointed with a bronze
medal? He has never won an Olympic
medal before. He retires at the end
of the season. It could have been a
sober? I think he will be slightly
disappointed but happy enough --
could it have been a silver? For me,
Uno delivered the last couple of
jumping passes and for me he
definitely got the bronze. Possibly
come he could get into a silver
position. Last week I told you that
he was my dark horse, and it was the
three best performers on the day on
There's a day off for
the figure skaters tomorrow
but we'll have extended highlights
of the Ice Dance event on Monday.
Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland
in action for Team GB.
Earlier, their British team-mates
Izzy Atkin and Katie Summerhayes
were both trying to get to the final
of the Women's Ski Slopestyle.
Izzy won a silver medal
at the X-Games last month
and is in with a real chance
of a medal.
She's been speaking to Tim Warwood.
I'm Izzy Atkin. I'm 19. And I may
free skate. -- I am a free skate. I
was born in the United States and I
chose to be part of the GB team.
I'll be competing in slopestyle at
the Winter Olympics.
What is your
connection to the UK, your dad is
Birmingham. We grew up
there. He went to America for grad
school. Before coming out here, we
went to visit my grandfather who
still lives in Birmingham.
that Tamworth is your favourite
place to be in the UK.
It's good. When did you decide
ski slopestyle was for you?
to do pipe and slope and when I was
15 I decided pipe was too scary, and
is decided to stick with slopestyle.
It made sense to me.
Next step was
to meet patch Sharples, the coach.
After spotting her talent, she
became a member of the GB squad.
went to visit him in England and he
was keen to get me on the team. I
went to my first training camp and
met the rest of the team.
training alongside Katie and the
others, it must be a good setup for
It's awesome, we'll push each
other and it's a fun crew.
makes perfect. Last year, not only
did Izzy become the first British
woman to win gold at world ski
slopestyle competition, but she did
us proud at the World Championships
in the Sierra Nevada, Spain. A
really tightly run, and this is
looking very good indeed. And she
claims it! It's about action. The
I was happy to come away with a good
That confidence is carried
forward into this season. In
January, Izzy won World Cup bronze
in Aspen and followed that up with
silver at the X games. What is your
Feeling good, trying not to
put too much pressure on myself,
just want to scheme my best.
it's going to take to get on the
podium, any idea?
Learning some new
tricks, a lot of other girls are
loaning them as well, so it's going
to be a challenge, but I'm looking
forward to it.
The format is simple,
three runs and her best one will
count. This paste qualify, Mathilde
Gremaud. Really nice. Not as tidy as
qualifying, but still very
That was a silky 900.
qualifying, but still very
That was a silky 900.
was, very smooth. First of the
double courts. There is!
think it will be any surprise to see
Mathilde Gremaud moving into the top
Hoefflin, put down a strong run and
was sitting in silver medal after
that. Katie and Izzy landed their
runs, but both had room for
improvement going into Ron two.
Katie Summerhayes, Sheffield steel,
she's been told by the GB physio it
may not be in her best interests to
ride, her ankle is giving her a lot
And there is the 450 out, that is
nice, really solid rails from
Summerhays. She's got that slide
nicely, locking those two together.
And a big 900. She punches the air.
Come on, Katie Summerhayes!
Come on, Katie Summerhayes! 71.4. A
little nod of the head. It pushes
her in to fourth position. Next to
drop, Isabel Atkin.
drop, Isabel Atkin. Lovely 450 off.
Landed much cleaner
than last time.
Judges looking for
subunit in different directions.
Right, left side spins. Now switch.
900 on the bottom job.
And it is a
very tidy... 79.4. Izzy Atkin moves
into the third and final runs in
Izzy Atkin remained
in third. Sarah Hoefflin was in
silver medal position and Mathilde
Gremaud was in first.
She's looked this good on the rails
every time. The last jump has eluded
her. Now the focus and the pressure
boils down to the kickers. Lovely
nine on the first hit.
She's got that one. Can she
hold it together now when it
She's gone big.
can, a very clean run. 81.2. So
third place, she bumps Izzy Atkin
down into fourth. Hoefflin as the
run, the consistency, the style and
technicality to take the top spot.
Very tidy, maybe not the cleanest
rail jumps, but no mistakes.
Big grab, really
scratching at the 1080.
huge on that.
It was the 900, oh,
and she gets it round!
Hoefflin, a very strong run.
Hoefflin, a very strong run. 91.2,
putting her in gold medal position.
Katie Summerhayes was clearly
struggling with an injured ankle and
wasn't able to improve on her second
Isabel Atkin, watch as --
what has she got in her run? Pat
Sharples just said, you are a boss,
Just cleared this
run up, the biggest run of her life
Mechanical with the 450,
laid it down heatedly.
laid it down heatedly. --
beautifully. Locks that in
beautifully, coming up from the site
and tilting the skis into it. Gap
over. This run is flowing for love.
Dare I say it, the best rails we've
seen from Earth. 720 is there. Come
on, Izzy Atkin. 900 is there. Final
A bigger and clean it
run from Izzy, it might back into
Third-place! 84.6. With
three left, Izzy Atkin is in bronze
Johanne Killi put them a
solid run, pushing Katie
interceptions, but it didn't score a
highly enough to trouble 93 macro --
Two skiers left to drop.
Christiansen, currently on 24. She
has put very clean runs down, but
hasn't managed to put her last trip
down. Can she make amends? Second of
the new wage and -- the Norwegians.
You don't get a sense of how high
that rail is from that camera angle.
Last jump, really short.
Very difficult to call it. Izzy
Atkin can't work.
No, she's gone.
60.4. Now only one score away from a
bronze medal here at the women's ski
slopestyle, with the third placed
qualifier, Emma Dahlstrom, yet to
drop. She looked so relaxed in
qualifying, but the pressure is
telling on the third and final run.
She is yet to land a run. Can she do
it now? The 450, exactly the same as
I feel like I've been in
this place for, four years ago, the
women's snowboard slopestyle.
down! And that, ladies and
gentlemen, confirms the medals.
Great Britain's Izzy Atkin takes a
bronze. Mathilde Gremaud and Sarah
Hoefflin make it a one, two in
silver and gold for Switzerland.
know you be first on speed to do
Yes, amazing, it hasn't sunk
in, but I'm really proud and happy
to be part of Team GB.
A bit of a
perfectionist, and that's what she
did today, putting her tricks
together and as clean as possible,
and she claimed that last run.
have Izzy's parents and sister.
First, how are you feeling?
happy. And a bit in shock, but very
We were not expecting a
medal, frankly, hoping it might be
possible, so we are extraordinarily
How is it to have two
girls in the top ten and a medal in
ski slopestyle for the first time?
In lots of ways, it's something I
would have dreamt as the best case
scenario, but every time I thought
it was possible, I thought, no, keep
your eye on the ball.
How might you
be your song of choice?
Katy Perry, some pop song.
That's all from us for now.
I'll be back at midnight with live
coverage of the Men's Slopestyle
final where we'll see
Britain's James Woods in action
in the Men's Ski Slopestyle.