18/02/2018 Winter Olympics Extra


18/02/2018

Further action from South Korea, featuring the men's ski slopestyle event, and the 15km mass start biathlon.


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This is the biggest day so far in

these Games.

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Isabel Atkin, what has she got in

her run? The biggest run

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Isabel Atkin, what has she got in

her run? The biggest run in her life

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starting now. Come on, the final

jump.

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jump. We must remain impartial here.

Its third-place! Ladies and

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gentlemen, Great Britain's Izzy

Atkin taking bronze.

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Let's turn our attention to the

short track speed skating.

A big

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night ahead, the 1500 metres, the

heat is about to start. Tremendous

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return to the ice. Elise Christie is

through to the semifinal.

Today it's

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all about the skeleton.

A warm

welcome to the Sliding Centre head

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of round three of the women's

skeleton.

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skeleton. Yarnold and Deas won't be

separated. Laura stays in fourth

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place. Elise Christie, she needs to

finish in the first two to get into

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the Olympic final. And now the race

is on as they take the bell. Choi

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Minjeong leading the way. Going

around the final bend and Christie

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has crashed again now, in the

semifinal. Yet again she ends up in

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a distraught heap on the floor. Now

we come to the potential medallists.

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Hold it together!

Laura Davies goes

next for Great Britain. -- Laura

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Deas. She is confirmed as fourth.

Lizzy Yarnold next, the Olympic

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champion, can she make history and

win it again?

Look at the gap.

This

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could be at least silver for use it

-- fought Lizzy Yarnold. She makes

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it to the front.

That is a gold

winning run.

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winning run.

But the run of her 28

years required to beat Lizzy

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Yarnold. It looks like Yarnold is

going to take God again. She wins

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God again! -- gold again.

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A great day for Great Britain and

the Winter Olympics.

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What a day it was in

Pyeongchang yesterday.

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Three medals for Great Britain.

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Their greatest ever tally for a

single day in the Winter Olympics.

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Lizzy Yarnold became the first

British athlete ever to defend their

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Winter Olympics title.

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British athlete ever to defend their

Winter Olympics title. Later we'll

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show you highlights of the 15

kilometre men's mass start in the

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biathlon but first, all eyes were on

James Woods.

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The slopestyle skier was hoping

to follow in Izzy Atkin's footsteps

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after her bronze in the women's

ski slopestyle yesterday.

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James has been talking

to Tim Warwood.

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You do it because you love it and

that's why we got into it.

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that's why we got into it. The

mountain is like a blank canvas to

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show yourself.

For those who don't

know, where did it start for you?

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I'm from Sheffield, that's it. My

family didn't ski or snowboard. On

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the Druyts slope my mum found a

lesson in the newspaper and I went

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and tried it and I went every day --

the dry slope.

In the holiday he was

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there all day. I used to go from

work and take him a sandwich, we'd

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meet up and see what he was doing.

I'm James Woods, I got silver in ski

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cross and God on the halfpipe. --

gold.

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The local guys in Sheffield, that's

how it works, it's that gate park

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mentality.

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The X Games, it's freestyle skiing

and snowboarding, that was the

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Olympics at the time, wasn't it?

That's what you aspire to.

We are

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brand-new to the Olympics. I didn't

grow up staring down the Olympics as

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the ultimate goal, I genuinely

didn't think I'd be in it. It was as

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big a surprise for me as anybody

that the skiing slopestyle. Enter

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it. Ireland Charb asking me -- I

remember

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remember Charb asking me how to do

it. Representing your country, that

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has brought the Olympics up to par.

Actually this is really weird. I'm

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not competing for myself, it is

Great Britain. I'm wearing this kit,

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different or something done before.

Freestyle skiing, it is an image, if

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you look good you can ski well.

And

you are wearing a uniform.

It is

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weird, really strange, conforming

and wearing this and being part of a

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team, it's strange. The Olympics, it

kinds of hits home. I'm not doing

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this for personal gain. Of course I

am, in a way, I'm a competitive

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person, you see a challenge and you

get the iron of the Tiger, don't

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you? The representing your country

bit, that was probably the biggest

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thing I could take out of it.

Considering how hard he's had to

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work off the back of a painful hip

injury he be pleased with that

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result. If you got a comical at the

Olympics, it's a life changer.

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-- if you got a gold-medal.

I am the

baggy and grimy kid who loves

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something no one else knows about,

that's who I am. I want to influence

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and inspire some people. I love

skiing more than anything. I love

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charging, I will ski for ever.

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Over to Ed Leigh and Tim Warwood,

who are in commentary for this one.

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Evan Mceachran, the Canadian.

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Evan Mceachran, the Canadian.

He has

been so solid through this course.

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He should have a very technical top

section, he's very strong on the

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rails.

Certainly getting it done

there through the kick whale.

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there through the kick whale. --

rail.

The level of technicality was

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off the chart. I like coming out of

that section off the corner. A nice

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line.

Possibly the cleanest we've

seen the rails, can he back it up

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with strong kickers?.

The 1260. Now

into the bottom jump. One, two,

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three, four and a half, 1620! That's

how you start things off.

This boy

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has landed an incredible run. So

much composure.

Yeah, very clean,

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apart from that one rail he was

pinpoint.

This is going to be

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breathtaking. With perfect

conditions at Phoenix Park it means

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we're seeing consistency, which is

what we saw in qualifying. Everyone

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stomping their run. The judges

leaving themselves plenty of room

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there.

Yeah.

OK, Woodsy, good to go.

Woodsy, Great Britain's finest free

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skier. Qualified,

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skier. Qualified, comfortably. In

great form, winning the first World

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Cup of the season in New Zealand and

he took silver two weeks ago at X

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Games. Can he do what he did in the

qualifiers and get a clean run?

I

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love this line. Just hitting the

post as well, showing his control to

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the judges. He'll be absolutely

frothing. He'll feel like a kid

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that's come down at Christmas and

seen a bounty operatives under the

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tree. Into the first of the jumps --

bounty of presence.

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bounty of presence. So good on the

first jump. Huge Twardzik

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a huge 1260 now. Are we going to see

a trick? Yes, it is.

Oh, Woodsy. It

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was silent, hearts were bouncing off

the walls. Sending it so deep, he

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looked so good on every landing.

He

knows it was right there at his

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fingertips.

Unbelievable run. Look

at the grab, sending it so deep.

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Just caught the edge. Woodsy,

philosophical about that. He'll know

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that it's there, he knows how close

it is. Two more runs in which to lay

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it down. Nick Goepper.

This will be

big.

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big.

Using the start and then the

transition to get back.

450, off the

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bottom there. Keeping it switch

there. Lucky to get away with that.

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Really lucky, the hands came above

the head, really working hard.

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Coming off early again there. Two

get out of jail free cards from the

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rail features. Can he make amends?

Nice and easy does it, don't pass

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go, don't collect £200. Into this

huge Twardzik the, switch 12 -- huge

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1260. He didn't have the speed for

the third and final jump by the

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looks of it.

So, Goepper, a couple

of people, some of the commentators

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I spoke to use to be judges and they

suspected he was a little bit

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oversaw his first run. I think it

was 91.2. They saw it more in the

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high 80s in the context of all of

the runs. That is scratchy. It

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doesn't matter any more, qualifying

is a separate contest.

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is a separate contest. 59, for

Goepper. Second place.

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Goepper. Second place. Now, the

Norwegian, waste and Braaten. A big

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name on the jumps.

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Got some big tricks. Oh, hold tight.

Just using that little detail of

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their to get the judges' affection.

The switch and the 450 out.

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The switch and the 450 out. Really

nice and chatting a

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nice and chatting a cheeky misty

thingy off the saddle.

Winding up

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hard.

Switch double 14.

We're going

to see back-to-back 14s here. So

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much going on. And absolutely

stomping the landing. Braaten with

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the first really powerful run here

in men's ski slope finals.

There is

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the tail grab with his left hand,

inside to outside a shift in hands

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and grabs. And there you go, 95.

The

judges have gone early, that seems

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really high, really soon. The next

man to drop, qualified in third

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place. ABM, Beaulieu-Marchand.

Really nice style and a bit

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different, he's very creative.

Huge

270 on the first. I really like

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that. Catching it nicely, big 450

on. Looking comfortable here.

Ooh.

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Not catching that as he would have

liked.

You don't often see that kind

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of grab.

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As in goats cheese? You have to have

knees like goats cheese to make it!

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The switch...

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knees like goats cheese to make it!

The switch... Switch left triple! My

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goodness!

Absolutely massive!

Switch

left triple cork to finish...

A

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little hand jive claim in the finish

area as well!

Yeah!

ABM puts down a

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very, very clean run.

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very, very clean run.

You can see

that he grabs onto his right

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Ski... The chiropractor's dream!

It

is the fact the foot sideways, while

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his knee is fully extended...

This

is the 1080...

Fully flexed, double

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bye oh ten.

And he does a double and

a flip, you don't often see that. He

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mistakes up top cost ABM.

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mistakes up top cost ABM. The man

who knows how to milk points out of

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the judges, Andri Ragettli. How has

he decoded discourse?

A cheeky 270,

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comes off early, catching his

transition. 271, 270 off.

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transition. 271, 270 off. -- 270 on.

For someone with such a big frame,

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he cannot half move it around! The

switch up on the down bar...

For me,

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that is when it gets hard to judge

the rails. He slows it down, and he

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goes very tech. In comparison to the

speed that we see from Kenworthy.

I

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don't know how he got that around!

And again... Looking really good,

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Andri Ragettli...

He goes huge on

the last kick up! How did he get

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that around? He had no business

doing that. He looked like he went

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in really, really slowly. 85.8.

I do

not think he will be happy with

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that.

Now, the first qualifier, the

Swede, Oscar Wester with such an

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eclectic run. Runs were fast,

flowing and smooth... He has

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literally fallen over as he sets up

for the hip...

What a mistake that

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was. He wouldn't have been out of

place in Tamworth Snow Dome on

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beginner lesson number two.

Tied in

the top spots. Starting to drop off

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rapidly after fourth place. James

Woods of Great Britain is currently

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in eighth position, just behind Gus

Kenworthy. He came so close on his

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first run. He had everything in

place. Pat Sharples says you have so

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got this!

Everyone, take a breath!

We are collectively sharing the

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pressure with him.

Try and showed a

bit of it. Look at that smile... --

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shoulder a bit of it. He is well

liked by the free skiing community.

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270 on, 270 off.

A double hit that

time! Locking the down bar.

The

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rails go in different directions and

the judges will like that.

360 need

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grab...

Using the direction of the

Twisted Sister kick up but going

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right up off the corner.

A better

grab that time.

A bottom jump here.

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What does he have for us?

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What does he have for us? The octo

is there!

Yes! Woodsy, that was

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huge! The GB skier showcases a run

that shows him at his best. That was

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majestic, take a deep breath and

breathe it in. One of the best

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slopestyle skiers in the world Lays

down a huge run when it matters...

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91. Second place for Woodsy at the

moment. 11 points below Oystein

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Braaten but ahead of the bronze

medallist. Currently on a 59,

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Nicholas Goepper in ninth place.

The

defending bronze medallist in Sochi

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skiing with poles here. He had a

broken thumb last time around.

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Incidentally, Gus Kenworthy is

skiing with a broken thumb. 450 out

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wrong way on the down bar, switching

here, a switch 270 but coming off a

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little early. He manages to hold

on...

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Snapped right into the landing. Just

finishing the rotation... He floats

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that one. Beautiful!

It was timed to

perfection there. With a double

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grab... I think he knew it was a

throwaway there. Just deciding it

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was not worth it.

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was not worth it.

The fans at the

bottom, they are chanting "USA!" A

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pretzel 450 out. The pretzel is

rotating out of the rail, the

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opposite way that you spun onto it.

It is difficult because it shows,

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like a grab, ultimate control, you

are locked in and you can change

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your direction of rotation. Not the

biggest spend, but there was some

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fantastic air in there.

Almost angry

with himself. Setting up the perfect

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north, he says. That is the ski

slope in Indiana where he learned to

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ski. In eighth place.

At the top

with Oystein Braaten, 95. Now we

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should see some relaxed skiing! A

man who knows he is in the gold

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medal position can begin to really

turn it on and turned the screw...

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Wow, very clean... 270 out the box.

Switch up 450 out through the king

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rail. My goodness!

We would try and

explain that the run would be

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over... He has missed it!

Pulled the

cord on that one. The Norwegian is

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going to let it go for run three.

But he has said such a high bar --

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set such a high bar. Currently in

fifth. ABM. We knew that his rails

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would be strong. But he backed it up

with very, very powerful kickers in

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his first run. Now he is poised to

strike.

He is like a wild Cobra.

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Ready to attack this at any given

moment. Well, we say that committee

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is attacking it right now?

Is there

such thing as a tame Cobra?

Oh, yes!

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We really like that, super nice

style throughout. Into jump two...

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He has gone really deep on that.

Switch 16, the triple at the end.

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Very, very big. The Canadians know

it. ABM knows it. A little shake of

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the head, as if to say, wow, I did

it!

Cannot quite believe it!

Gold is

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a 95. We think that might be beyond

him. Silver is 91, bronze is

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anything above 89.4. Alex

Beaulieu-Marchand of Canada moves

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into the silver medal position!

First-place qualifier, the only

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Swede to have made it through.

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Swede to have made it through. Oscar

Wester...

A much better start.

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Lovely! Over rotating to switch and

adding a flourish there.

Went early

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off the rail.

Flirting with the

judges. Ooh!

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judges. Ooh! Wester with the perfect

response so far, to a frustrating

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first run.

A great double 14 there.

The judges absolutely love the use

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of the side take-offs.

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of the side take-offs.

Switch double

Misty 12. Now... We do know that the

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judges love the site take-offs but I

think the rails weren't really up to

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speed.

Look at that, 62!

So, Wester

with it all to do. The second runs

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are done.

Oystein Braaten in a gold medal

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position. ABM in silver. James Woods

in bronze. James Woods... Britain's

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finest, looking to repeat. Izzy

Atkin's accomplishment yesterday,

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take a ski here at -- take a medal

here at the ski slopestyle. Pulling

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his lace out and having a joke

there. He is currently in a bronze

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medal position with 91, Woodsy. Will

he try something different to what

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we have already seen?

The switch

into the box... Excuse me, a switch

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on to the down bar. 450 out, up and

over the goalpost.

Went bigger.

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Really like the line.

He has missed

the 450. A lot of work needed to do.

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He has tagged his way out of that.

He is going to use the transition...

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So smooth there. He goes straight

over the front.

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over the front.

The 1260. The earth

came to meet him then.

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came to meet him then.

My goodness,

it was perfect! Ooh, but he has

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missed the one rail. Arguably the

one he has made look so stylish and

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so clean up to this point.

270 onto

the down bar...

450 out. One and a

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quarter spins. That was the mistake.

90 points. If the 450 had been

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there, it would have been an

improvement. He could have reeled in

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ABM, Alex Beaulieu-Marchand. Next,

the Canadian has not perched a run

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down yet, Harle. Can he pull it

together and show the form that we

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saw in qualifiers to make an

impression on the podium now?

And

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before we saw in Mammoth at the

start of the year in the World Cup.

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Missing his tag on the rainbow.

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Missing his tag on the rainbow. Nice

through the rails, I love that.

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Switch through to the 360.

That is

the best that he has done, that rail

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is so big.

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is so big. Plenty of purchase off

the top. But he has hit it slow.

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Wound up... Big 14 into 12. Now

switching into the bottom jump.

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Switch 14.

Very, very big.

Excuse

me, a switch ten. It is a big run,

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but is it worth 90 points? It is all

clean!

Very nerve-racking. It is a

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very good run.

Did he push it far

enough?

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enough? 90 points! My goodness. Only

good enough for fourth. James Woods

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holds onto the bronze medal position

for one more skier. One down, five

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to go.

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to go.

The number two, Oystein

Braaten, currently sat in old middle

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position.

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position. Can Goepper better his

position in Sochi?

The answer is I

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don't know. It bronze medal in

Sochi, he needs to up his game a

0:29:280:29:32

little here... The nice section

through the top... And then

0:29:320:29:41

switching 270 off, on. The kink

rail. Not gapping onto that, he

0:29:410:29:48

comes off from the side.

Rotating on

and off in opposite directions, a

0:29:480:29:53

good show of control through the

rails. Tearing into the first of the

0:29:530:29:59

kickers and goes deep.

1260 now...

Dutifully controlled!

A switch right

0:29:590:30:07

double Misty there.

0:30:070:30:12

double Misty there. The double

grab...

He made it look easy,

0:30:130:30:16

opening early and spotting the

landing. Murray makes a grimacing

0:30:160:30:19

luck. You think that is good enough

for the podium?

I think it will be

0:30:190:30:24

close.

It is too close to call.

So

close.

0:30:240:30:33

So close.

The scores are coming,

93.6, Goepper going into silver

0:30:330:30:41

medal position. Beaulieu-Marchand,

bronze. James Woods drops out of the

0:30:410:30:46

top three.

0:30:460:30:50

And here is the man currently

leading. The Norwegian, focused on

0:30:520:31:00

his third and final run. Will he

need to better the 95? More

0:31:000:31:11

pressingly, can he?

I think he'll

try.

He corked that a little bit.

0:31:110:31:19

Working hard to get that around.

0:31:190:31:28

Ooh! It's gone. He almost punched

his way into the track, didn't he?

0:31:290:31:35

He was frustrated by that.

1260 on

the first of the Twisted Sister 's.

0:31:350:31:46

Absolutely huge there.

The Norwegian

coach, he was setting up until 15,

0:31:460:31:57

his boots will have diamonds on

then, such was the pressure on his

0:31:570:32:00

knees to keep them on. They should

have come off in the crash but they

0:32:000:32:04

didn't. -- pressure on his skis.

Beaulieu-Marchand, dropping in.

0:32:040:32:15

Currently bronze medal position. Can

he improve?

Really good skier. Nice

0:32:150:32:24

to see him do well here. And the

gap. 450. Just flipped on it. --

0:32:240:32:36

slipped on it. He's so consistent

with that.

Swinging himself over the

0:32:360:32:45

front. The double under nine that

you so like, Murray. He made it look

0:32:450:32:55

good. Huge triple to finish it off.

The way he throws it, the

0:32:550:33:04

centrifugal force, it's like he's a

passenger who is along for the ride.

0:33:040:33:08

Doesn't really have the style of

Woodsy's triple.

Beaulieu-Marchand

0:33:080:33:17

fans. Self waxing.

Stays in third

place with that 92.4.

Two men left

0:33:170:33:27

to drop.

0:33:270:33:32

to drop. Ragettli. If anyone can, he

can.

He's really got to focus and

0:33:320:33:39

turn it on.

You can see him just

closing his eyes.

Looks like he's

0:33:390:33:44

waiting for his music.

0:33:440:33:50

So, visualising the run. Getting

himself in the zone. Blocking out

0:33:540:34:00

everything else. All the media and

preparation, the TV, the

0:34:000:34:07

expectation. Talks himself through

it. Now it's only about the skiing.

0:34:070:34:17

Clean.

Very clean through the first

rail. Nearly coming to a stop before

0:34:170:34:25

he gets onto the kink rail.

He

looked like he was tap dancing, that

0:34:250:34:30

was magic.

A little bit of Michael

Flatley through the kink rail.

Nice

0:34:300:34:37

flat spin there over the drop.

0:34:370:34:43

flat spin there over the drop.

Going

deep on the first kicker.

Yes, 1260

0:34:450:34:49

brings him in switch here.

This is

the fastest we've seen him coming

0:34:490:34:53

through these kickers. He wants to

go big. Scrapping it. He had to open

0:34:530:35:01

up. Did he take too much speed off

it?

Yeah.

So disappointing for the

0:35:010:35:08

Swiss, he knew what he had to do and

it would have put him in gold medal

0:35:080:35:12

position but that level of risk,

that level of desire...

0:35:120:35:18

Unfortunately not being repaid by

consistency.

0:35:180:35:26

consistency. 65.4. So, Braaten is

guaranteed at least a silver.

0:35:260:35:37

Goepper is guaranteed at least a

bronze. Beaulieu-Marchand will watch

0:35:370:35:43

very nervously, in bronze medal

position as Oscar Wester, the loan

0:35:430:35:49

weed who make it from qualifying,

who made it had some the favourites

0:35:490:35:58

-- the lone Swede.

0:35:580:36:05

-- the lone Swede.

He needs the run

of his life peer.

0:36:050:36:11

of his life peer. Huge 450 on. Oh,

he's gone.

That's it, the

0:36:110:36:16

celebrations can begin down at the

bottom. A fantastic first run that

0:36:160:36:23

has stood the test of time. In

second place, the American. Upping

0:36:230:36:33

his bronze medal in Sochi with a

silver here in Pyeongchang.

0:36:330:36:44

silver here in Pyeongchang. Third

place, Beaulieu-Marchand.

0:36:440:36:45

Heartbreaking and, in fourth place,

James Woods.

0:36:450:36:52

James Woods. Braaten in gold,

Goepper in silver, Beaulieu-Marchand

0:36:530:36:55

in bronze and woods in fourth.

I

spoke to your brother before the

0:36:550:37:00

qualifiers and he told me you were

going to

0:37:000:37:04

qualifiers and he told me you were

going to win, was that always the

0:37:040:37:07

case?

No, so many amazing riders

here today. I was happy to make it

0:37:070:37:12

to the finals and my goal was to go

for my best man, I had nothing to

0:37:120:37:15

lose. In my first run I landed my

best one, I think. Really stoked but

0:37:150:37:22

I didn't expect to win today.

Tough

for you because you're rails are

0:37:220:37:27

your strongest point. Was it

slipping on that 450?

Yes, the last

0:37:270:37:34

run, man, it was, totally. That sit

back was a bit out of control. But

0:37:340:37:40

you know what I mean? It's a game of

perfection. It's not just that,

0:37:400:37:47

you've got to go beyond it,

difficulty wise. That was insane. I

0:37:470:37:53

came here, I constructed this run to

win. It was definitely going for

0:37:530:37:58

broke. It wasn't the perfect run

from me and that's what you need. It

0:37:580:38:04

wasn't quite perfect but I managed

to step up and I did it three times

0:38:040:38:07

in a row. I'm in awe of myself.

Triple dipping twice on the same

0:38:070:38:15

run, we liked it in commentary. Is

it fair to say freestyle skiing won

0:38:150:38:20

today?

Yeah, it was an amazing show

and that's what we do. It isn't

0:38:200:38:27

first across the line. We might go

back and we will look and it may not

0:38:270:38:30

be dead right but that was a show

and goodness me, it was a good one.

0:38:300:38:39

The men's 15 kilometre biathlon mass

start is another opportunity

0:38:390:38:41

for Martin Fourcade to make history

and become the first

0:38:410:38:44

Frenchman to win four

Winter Olympics gold medals.

0:38:440:38:51

He has already won pursuit gold.

0:38:510:38:53

Some sloppy shooting in the sprint

event and 20 kilometre individual

0:38:530:38:56

saw him miss out on adding

to his pursuit gold

0:38:560:38:58

from earlier in these Games.

0:38:580:39:04

Fourcade and Thingnes Boe and

Peiffer

0:39:040:39:15

Fourcade and Thingnes Boe and

Peiffer starting at the beginning.

0:39:150:39:16

What a race in prospect. They are

underway and there is a big roar.

0:39:160:39:28

Fourcade taking believe. His rival

through the season, Thingnes Boe,

0:39:280:39:37

right behind him, as are the other

28 men trying to stop the figures

0:39:370:39:42

from France and Norway who have

dominated the World Cup circuit so

0:39:420:39:45

far this season. Fourcade, wearing

bib two, Thingnes Boe, Surrey. --

0:39:450:39:55

three. Thingnes Boe and Fourcade

winning 14 out of 15 races this

0:39:550:40:06

season. An amazing record but

despite that both of them have shown

0:40:060:40:09

moments of vulnerability. One gold

beach. How Fourcade and Thingnes Boe

0:40:090:40:16

would like to get one over on each

other -- one gold each. They will be

0:40:160:40:24

side by side at a shooting range as

well. Fourcade, some metres opening

0:40:240:40:31

up here over Thingnes Boe and

Peiffer. A little bit of traffic for

0:40:310:40:42

those men, ten, 20 places down the

field. Number 19 is Erik Lesser,

0:40:420:40:48

we'll have to watch him because he's

brilliant with the right thing. 11th

0:40:480:40:51

in the pursuit and ninth place in

the individual. Look at this. We

0:40:510:41:01

have a dozen or so coming into the

range. In fact by the time they line

0:41:010:41:07

up and pay themselves for the first

of the four shoots, which is prone,

0:41:070:41:11

lying down, pretty much two thirds

of the field will be in the range

0:41:110:41:16

together. They'll be watching for a

flash of red which tells you that

0:41:160:41:22

there has been a miss which will add

22 seconds to that biatheletes's

0:41:220:41:32

time by the time they have gone

around the penalty loop. Here we go,

0:41:320:41:39

then. They'll spend a couple of

seconds building the position.

0:41:390:41:49

Fourcade, as we look over Peiffer's

shoulder. Fourcade is a master at

0:41:510:41:56

putting his rivals under pressure.

Three out of five so far. Missing

0:41:560:42:03

one there, Fourcade has missed one.

Thingnes Boe is yet to make a

0:42:030:42:09

mistake. Peiffer has made a mistake.

Thingnes Boe, yes, shooting clean.

0:42:090:42:15

So too Samuelsson. So, Fourcade has

got to ski a penalty loop. Jakov

0:42:150:42:25

Fak. Some significant names there.

Thingnes Boe, Samuelsson and Erik

0:42:250:42:37

Lesser. All shooting clean. The

reason the crowd are excited is that

0:42:370:42:44

Timothy Lapshin has gone on to the

cause in first position. He was

0:42:440:42:51

representing Russia until last

February. Oh, there is a fall, it is

0:42:510:42:57

Fourcade. Martin Fourcade not only

had to ski a penalty loop but as he

0:42:570:43:00

came out of the penalty loop he had

a fall as well. This isn't going the

0:43:000:43:06

Frenchman's way. He's 25 seconds off

the pace, down in 19th place.

0:43:060:43:16

Entrusting, the rainy World champion

in the sprint race, he should be

0:43:170:43:23

feeling pretty fresh, having not

taken part in the

0:43:230:43:32

taken part in the individual,

0:43:340:43:36

taken part in the individual,. We

have a group of 13.

0:43:360:43:45

have a group of 13. Fourcade is now

14 seconds adrift, so he is closing.

0:43:470:43:50

On the exit of the first shoot he

was 25 seconds adrift, so he has

0:43:500:43:54

made up 11 seconds. That's good work

from the Frenchman especially

0:43:540:43:59

bearing in mind that he took a

tumble as he went on his second

0:43:590:44:03

circuit. On the right of picture you

have Thingnes Boe, and Jakov Fak, in

0:44:030:44:11

that distinctive lime green. Here

come the rest of the men. Dulin

0:44:110:44:20

Eberhard, who missed one. There is

Fourcade, wearing two. He has some

0:44:200:44:33

traffic to contend with here.

Another uncharacteristic error from

0:44:330:44:37

Fourcade, on his visit to the range,

making a difference between him

0:44:370:44:43

being at the front and being back in

around 17th, 18th place.

0:44:430:44:50

11 seconds off the pace now.

0:44:500:44:56

We have a group of around 12 or

13... This time, when they come into

0:44:580:45:04

the range, they will not have to go

to the Lane that directly correlates

0:45:040:45:08

with their bid number. It is however

close they can get to Lane one. A

0:45:080:45:19

great atmosphere in this event...

The second of four shoots. This one

0:45:190:45:27

is prone, lying down, but on the

third and fourth they will be aiming

0:45:270:45:31

at a bigger target. Understandably

so, it is much harder to shoot

0:45:310:45:36

standing up and lying down. Trying

to lower their poles and trying to

0:45:360:45:41

focus on the job in hand. Johannes

Thingnes Boe wearing number three.

0:45:410:45:45

Five is this brilliant shooting

Swede, Sebastian Samuelsson, with

0:45:450:45:51

the best shooting record of anyone

in this biathlon so far. He has

0:45:510:45:55

competed in all three events. You

are watching for a flash of red.

0:45:550:46:02

Sebastian Samuelsson got a silver in

the pursuit, only 20 years old. A

0:46:020:46:06

flash of red means a penalty loop.

Who is first to shoot? Roaring his

0:46:060:46:15

way through there, Erik Lesser.

Johannes Thingnes Boe, Erik Lesser

0:46:150:46:19

shoots clean.

0:46:190:46:29

There are some big names who have

shot clean.

0:46:300:46:36

shot clean. Lesser, one of the first

to out onto the circuit. Johannes

0:46:390:46:44

Thingnes Boe will have two ski the

penalty loop. Martin Fourcade

0:46:440:46:48

shooting clean on that one. He has

one Miss, but he has exited in

0:46:480:46:54

eighth place. Still watching to see

Johannes Thingnes Boe's position

0:46:540:47:00

there after the penalty loop.

Brilliant

0:47:000:47:13

Brilliant stuff from Benedict and

Eric Lesser. He has been very

0:47:140:47:18

consistent, Lesser, in the

competition this far. The two

0:47:180:47:22

Germans led out of shoot two. That

is why the German coach was very

0:47:220:47:26

excited.

0:47:260:47:31

excited. It can all change so very,

very quickly.

0:47:360:47:47

very quickly. Here is the

leaderboard now...

0:47:470:47:55

leaderboard now... Johannes Thingnes

Boe is effectively out of this. I

0:47:550:48:00

was watching to see when he came out

of the range. He didn't just miss

0:48:000:48:03

one or two, but three. He is one

minute 14 seconds off the pace and

0:48:030:48:10

he is the last. It just shows how

quickly your race can unravel. His

0:48:100:48:20

brother is in this big group, Tarjei

Boe. Martin Fourcade up into fourth

0:48:200:48:26

place with the leaders.

0:48:260:48:31

Meanwhile, Martin Fourcade is up to

third. How confident will be German

0:48:410:48:47

relay team they? For the men and the

women. All four Germans in this big

0:48:470:48:55

lead group. Now they are coming into

the range for the third time. This

0:48:550:48:59

will be their third shoot in the

standing position where they will be

0:48:590:49:03

aiming at a target instead of 4.5

centimetres in diameter, 12.5. You

0:49:030:49:09

would expect the target to be

bigger. It is much more difficult to

0:49:090:49:13

shoot standing.

0:49:130:49:18

shoot standing. The reigning world

champion in this event there. One

0:49:180:49:30

mistake from Martin Fourcade on his

first visit to the range. Flawless

0:49:300:49:32

on his second.

0:49:320:49:38

on his second. In the lime-green of

Slovenia. He is a world champion in

0:49:380:49:43

this event from three years ago,

Jakov Fak. Watch for the flasher

0:49:430:49:50

bread. Each one will result in a

penalty loop. Here you go... Martin

0:49:500:49:58

Fourcade, two down.

0:49:580:50:04

Fourcade, two down. Lindstroem makes

a mistake. Martin Fourcade shooting

0:50:040:50:07

clean, doing what he does best.

Superb from the Frenchman, just what

0:50:070:50:15

he needed.

0:50:150:50:20

he needed. Akov Fak -- Jakov Fak

with a miss which could be costly

0:50:230:50:29

for him. Sebastian Samuelsson skiing

a penalty loop after being so good

0:50:290:50:36

with the rifle up until this stage.

Martin Fourcade will feel, surely,

0:50:360:50:42

if you can get through the fourth

and final shoot with no further

0:50:420:50:47

mistakes, as though a second gold

medal would be his. Number 15 is the

0:50:470:51:00

defending champion, Emil Hegle

Svendsen. Up these three have a

0:51:000:51:06

sizeable advantage above the rest.

13-14 seconds but the penalty loop

0:51:060:51:12

works out to be about 22-24 seconds.

Now it is going to be fascinating

0:51:120:51:18

watching Martin Fourcade, when he

comes into the range for the fourth

0:51:180:51:22

and final time.

0:51:220:51:29

and final time. Erik Lesser, a

silver medallist twice four years

0:51:290:51:32

ago. He has been, by far, the best

at the range. Martin Fourcade, the

0:51:320:51:41

three-time winter Olympic champion,

can he produce a quarter of golds --

0:51:410:51:48

quartet of golds? Erik Lesser in

Lane one. The world champion in

0:51:480:51:55

number three. Martin Fourcade

between. They are all up and

0:51:550:51:59

running. No mistakes from anyone

yet... Erik Lesser's first mistake

0:51:590:52:03

there. And one from the German.

Martin

0:52:030:52:14

Martin Fourcade and Schempp. Martin

Fourcade against the world champion.

0:52:160:52:21

Real disappointment there for Erik

Lesser. Now, can one of these men

0:52:210:52:27

get into the mix? They would surely

have two shoot clean. It is the

0:52:270:52:32

first to finish.

0:52:320:52:37

Benedict Dole has shot clean. So too

has the defending Winter Olympic

0:52:440:52:54

champion Emil Hegle Svendsen. It is

Martin Fourcade and Schempp on the

0:52:540:52:56

final circuit together. Still

waiting to see who is out third. It

0:52:560:53:04

is Doll, after shooting clean on

that visit. Martin Fourcade, no

0:53:040:53:10

luxury of a fist pump to the crowd

there. Because the reigning world

0:53:100:53:15

champion in this event, Schempp, is

breathing down his neck. Doll in

0:53:150:53:22

third, the defending champion has

come out of nowhere to be in with a

0:53:220:53:26

shout on the podium. Erik Lesser,

some costly misses on the range. We

0:53:260:53:33

have, it looks to be, about three

men all vying, at the moment, for

0:53:330:53:40

the bronze. Doll, the sprint world

champion. The defending champion

0:53:400:53:46

Emil Hegle Svendsen and Erik Lesser,

the German who has been by far the

0:53:460:53:49

most accurate on the range up until

the last visit. This is the battle

0:53:490:53:53

for the gold. Five men, only room on

the podium for three.

0:53:530:54:04

the podium for three. Can Martin

Fourcade find exhilaration here?

0:54:040:54:10

Fourcade find exhilaration here? --

acceleration here, in the last

0:54:110:54:13

couple of calamitous.

0:54:130:54:19

couple of calamitous. -- in the last

couple of kilometres here? We will

0:54:200:54:26

see some incredible celebrations at

the end if he does. And what about

0:54:260:54:30

Schempp? He had a relay silver four

years ago but this would be by far

0:54:300:54:35

the biggest victory of his career.

He is a world champion in this event

0:54:350:54:39

but this is the Winter Olympic Games

and it only comes around once every

0:54:390:54:42

four years. If Schempp is to become

the champion, he will do so beating

0:54:420:54:48

one of the all-time greats, Martin

Fourcade, the Frenchman. 1400 metres

0:54:480:54:56

to go. And still nothing to separate

these two men. But which is hurting

0:54:560:54:59

the most? Who is going to start

settling for a silver medal first?

0:54:590:55:06

Who is driven on why a relentless

desire for glory? A massive burst of

0:55:060:55:16

acceleration by Erik Lesser. And it

is Benedict Doll, suddenly finding

0:55:160:55:24

himself out of contention. A couple

of metres opening up. Erik Lesser is

0:55:240:55:27

in third. The

0:55:270:55:33

in third. The defending champion

Svendsen in fourth. Doll in fifth.

0:55:350:55:40

Martin Fourcade and Schempp,

preparing themselves for the final

0:55:400:55:46

assault. One more lung bursting push

for the line. And what about this

0:55:460:55:54

battle for the bronze? The three of

them store there.

0:55:540:56:02

them store there. Look at this for

the defending champion, Svendsen is

0:56:020:56:12

desperate for another Olympic medal.

He hasn't produced his best so far

0:56:120:56:15

but this is the closest he's come to

being on the podium in these games.

0:56:150:56:21

Now... This is what world-class

sport is all about... If you are

0:56:210:56:27

watching a biathlon for the first

time it does not matter. But who has

0:56:270:56:31

the heart, who has the drive? Who

has the desire and who has the

0:56:310:56:36

belief to seal a moment that will go

down in history? The world champion

0:56:360:56:41

Schempp, Martin Fourcade, the

multiple Winter Olympic champion,

0:56:410:56:47

this will be the biggest moment in

Schempp's life. Fourcade is driving.

0:56:470:56:54

Schempp on the right-hand side. It

is so close, shoulder to shoulder.

0:56:540:56:59

My goodness me! It is a photo

finish. I think that Fourcade thinks

0:56:590:57:04

he may have lost it on the line.

Does Svendsen have the bronze, the

0:57:040:57:10

defending champion? He has! Svendsen

is on the podium again. Fourcade is

0:57:100:57:15

shaking his head. Has Schempp

relegated Fourcade down to the

0:57:150:57:22

silver medal for the third

successive time in these games?

0:57:220:57:27

Fourcade has been given it. Silver

in Vancouver, silver in Sochi, is it

0:57:270:57:36

a gold medal for Fourcade? I think

it might be! Incredible drama here

0:57:360:57:41

at the finish. I'm sure Fourcade

thought he had not done enough

0:57:410:57:44

there. Remember, he was tied on time

with Svendsen four years ago and

0:57:440:57:51

came out on the wrong side of a

photo finish for a second successive

0:57:510:57:54

silver. And it looks as though he

has done it. By the narrowest of

0:57:540:58:01

margins. Martin Fourcade becomes a

four time Winter Olympic champion.

0:58:010:58:08

Here, we get it from the side.

Schempp nearest to the camera. From

0:58:080:58:14

that angle, you can just about see

the front of the boot earth Martin

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Fourcade is centimetres, maybe even

just one centimetre, further towards

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the finish line than Schempp. That

is it. Fourcade nearest to the

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camera. He did it. Fourcade

cementing his status as one of the

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sport's all-time greats.

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That's all from us for now.

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I'll be back at half-past midnight

over on BBC One with life coverage

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of the start of the ice dance

competition, with Nick Buckland

0:58:520:58:55

and Penny Coomes in action

for Great Britain.

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We'll have extended

highlights of that here

0:58:570:58:58

on BBC Four tomorrow night.

0:58:580:58:59

Further action from South Korea, featuring the men's ski slopestyle event, and the 15km mass start biathlon.


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