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The medals are won in the ice dance competition of the figure skating, and there's the best of the action in the women's ski halfpipe final. Radzi Chinyanganya presents.


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Hello and welcome to Day 11

of the Winter Olympics and there's

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plenty more ice and snow to come

from these Games.

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That was beautiful.

She is light

years ahead of everyone else.

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Later in the programme we'll see how

Great Britain's Rowan Cheshire

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gets on in the final

of the women's ski halfpipe.

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But first it's the conclusion

of the ice dance.

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Yesterday we saw Britain's Penny

Coombes and Nick Buckland

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finish tenth

after the short programme.

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A remarkable achievement,

given then 20 months ago, Penny

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was told she would never skate again

after a training accident.

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Kat Downes and Robin

Cousins can talk us through

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the free dance.

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Welcome to medal day, once again,

skating fans this is the eye stands

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free dance at the Gangneung Ice

Arena and we will see gold, silver

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and bronze handed out in this final

day of the Olympic competition. Just

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over quite minutes in this Olympic

journey will be over for Nick and

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Penny. From a shattered kneecap

through 20 months of recovery to

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today, tenth place at the moment,

Nick and Penny looking to push up

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the leaderboard, and they need to be

perfect.

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And that was the lift.

How is it

looking, Robin?

So far, so good.

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The ultimate story of grit and the

termination has a happy ending out

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on the ice for now at least. It

might not be a medal for Nick and

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Penny but this will mean more to

them than precious metal. Just

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seeing out there skating together,

and at an Olympics. Robin, look at

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the computer, what can you see?

Diagonal sequence level four,

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straight-line lift, synchronised

twizzle is, but they shall live,

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four, circular step, level three,

curved left, level four, we are

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seeing positive GOEs

across-the-board. And that second

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turn of the twizzle, brought back

up.

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up.

Wimbledon 1.96, keeping them

behind Kimi -- the Canadians. They

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are in third place at the moment and

so desperate to finish in the top

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ten. These two, very much in the

battle, particularly for the bronze

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medal position at the moment. Who

knows Chris macro they could go even

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better. Just two one hundredths of a

point between Maia Shibutani and

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Alex Shibutani and their countrymen

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donahue.

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The rivalry in Team USA is heating

up.

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Maia and Alex hoping that John Chang

2018 is their paradise. -- that

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Pyeongchang.

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Very smooth from the step sequins

and into the straight-line left.

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and into the straight-line left. --

step sequence.

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Perfection through the twizzles.

They are so precise with their feet.

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CHEERING

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It is signature Shibutami, clean,

correct, precise, the performance of

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this games from them. They already

have our bronze medal in the bag

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from the team event and that looks

very much like a medal winning

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performance from me.

That was the

best I've seen them. They are so

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precise technically, always

consistent, but sometimes it's just

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lacking the joy or some emotion and

you could see individually they were

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both loving that moment of being on

the ice, and that's what I need to

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see, that's what I haven't had from

them that often. It's almost been

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very, almost clinical, for me.

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very, almost clinical, for me.

We

have new leaders, just as we

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expected, and that will pile the

pressure on Hubbell and Donahue. The

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Shibutami 's have really gone for it

here. And now the European --

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reigning European champions,

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume

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Cizeron. They are less than two

points behind Tessa Virtue and Scott

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Moir, who lead the way. That

wardrobe malfunction, her dress

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falling off during a performance

yesterday really knocked them, but

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still, less than one point in it.

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APPLAUSE

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APPLAUSE

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APPLAUSE

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APPLAUSE

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It is silky, smooth, sublime from

the off. It was billed as a battle

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for gold between them and their

training partners, Scott Moir and

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Tessa Virtue.

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Exquisite to watch them skate.

Individually, strong skaters,

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together, it is special. That is

what happens, the music starts and

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then you will see. It is the detail

for me, even the way the fingers

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intertwined the opening move. It

draws you in and commands your

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attention. So musical. They feel

every moment that they are together.

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There is that connection.

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A new season's best, a new world

record. 123.35. And it is going to

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be a very, very, very big ask for

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, to

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claim their second Olympic title.

Tessa and Scott, just one bubble

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away. They will skate last,

desperately trying to save their

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gold medal chances. But Madison

Hubbell and Zachary Donahue

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currently sit in the bronze medal

position. They saw that performance,

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and they will need to be brilliant

if they want to go home in the

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medals.

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It was fabulous and dramatic, but

putting your hands down on the ice

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makes an instant one point

deduction, because it was considered

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a fall. I have written a note, there

is never anything tentative about

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these two when they hit the ice, it

is gangbusters of a quality. And

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they wanted to make that happen

there.

There was no room for error

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at all in that programme if they

wanted to beat Alex and Maia

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Shibutani. That is going to be a

problem.

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It is 109.94. So, they slot into

third place, with Tessa Virtue and

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Scott Moir yet to skate. It is that

heartbreaking, agonising, fourth

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position for Madison and Zachary.

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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the

world champions, the 2010 Olympic

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champions. In the gold medal

position, coming into this free

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dance. But they are going to be

extraordinary if they want to win

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this gold medal. They are going to

need to beat the new world record,

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laid down by Gabriella

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laid down by Gabriella Papadakis and

Guillaume Cizeron, just two routines

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ago.

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APPLAUSE

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APPLAUSE

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APPLAUSE

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It is brilliant! But is it enough?

Enough for Olympic gold for the

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world champions from Canada?

Well,

they wanted to deliver and they

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certainly did. I tell you, I am

looking at the screens, trying to do

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the maths. It is tight at the top.

Goodness me.

They know they could

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not have done any more. Virtue and

Moir had no wriggle room, there was

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nothing for them to play with, they

couldn't leave anything on the ice.

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And they didn't, they absolutely

smashed it.

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They've done it! 122.40, the

comeback kid is complete for Tessa

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Virtue and Scott Moir, silver in

Sochi four years ago, they tucked

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two years away from competition and

returned to win World Championship

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gold last year, and now it is

Olympic gold, too!

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Phenomenal, amazing champions,

amazing performance. Yes, very

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different to Papadakis and Cizeron.

That silver medal is well-deserved.

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But these two are supreme.

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Confirmation that they are the

Olympic champions for a second time,

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adding gold here in Pyeongchang to

the gold they took in 2010 in

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Vancouver. Gabriella Papadakis and

Guillaume Cizeron second for silver,

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remarkable skating from them and

Alex Shibutani and Maia Shibutani

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finding something extra when it

counted to take bronze for Team USA.

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Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland just

missing out on a top ten finish, a

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bittersweet moment for them, they

hope to be in the top ten but a

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brilliant skate from them, they did

everything they could, and great to

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see them performing out on Olympic

ice for a third time.

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see them performing out on Olympic

ice for a third time.

I don't think

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we could have skated any better.

With the pressure mounting, we took

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to the ice and said, let's skate for

us, we deserve this already.

And you

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went into that final programme

knowing you needed a massive

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performance to beat a world-record

score.

We train with them, so we

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knew what to expect, but we didn't

know they had posted a world-record

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score. But you could put their house

on it, for sure, that they would.

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And we had to come out and have our

skate, and we felt like we did that.

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That's what we are most proud of.

Things pan out different ways in

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sport but we stuck to our plan and

we proud to come out this

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competition with a gold medal.

We

did everything we could today, and

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we can be very proud.

When you do a

world-record performance and you

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still don't get the gold, what do

you feel about that?

Years, you

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know, sometimes it's just like that.

You know? But what is done is done,

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the points are what they are, we are

just really proud of what we did

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today. We had such a good feeling on

the ice. It was one of the most

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incredible experiences I've ever

had.

Four years ago, ninth, and now

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a bronze medal.

Describe the

difference. We have changed so much

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since the first Olympics. We have

just been training, training,

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training. So to put out a programme

like that badly can be so proud of,

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it feels amazing.

So many sleepless

nights, so much dreaming and work

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and never-ending belief in ourselves

got here. I am so happy to be back.

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I really enjoyed myself. The

audience were great. It felt like a

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great skate, I felt like we gave it

everything, and the scorer was very

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disappointing for us, because that's

not what we came here to do.

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Sometimes the score can dampen your

feelings about the performance. I

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was trying to remember how we felt

when we were performing and after we

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finished, that is the most important

thing. We felt like we did a great

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job and performed that programme as

well as we wanted to, today, so we

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got to try and remember that.

Celebration still going on down on

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the ice, I can see Tessa and Scott

wrapped in the Maple Leaf flag. What

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a way to win the Olympic title,

there was nothing in it, they needed

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pure brilliance.

They did, and they

delivered it. The French had come

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out and been stunning, broken their

own world record, set down the

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gauntlet, and the Canadians came out

absolutely serenely and started with

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such composure. There was no

tension, nothing, and it was

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absolutely glorious.

This is what

they came back with. They got silver

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in Sochi, they took two years away

from competition, they were putting

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in all the hard work, and they won

the World Championship last year.

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This is what they wanted, this 2018

gold Medal.

Absolutely, they did.

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You read about the reasons they want

to do, they love skating, they said

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that we don't want to stop but we

missed that competition element.

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They had asked the Canadian skating

federation, can we move to drain

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that these people in Montreal, and

they said no, so they said, OK, we

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are done with it, it didn't work

after Sochi. Then they said we are

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coming back, we are moving to

Montreal, we will train the

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Papadakis and Cizeron, and we will

make it happen. And goodness me,

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they did today. What was lovely to

see those couples hugging it out on

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the ice. Of course there will be

disappointment for the French team,

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but they do know that on the day,

the Canadians were better.

And we've

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got to mention Penny and Nick as

well, a bittersweet end to their

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incredible Olympic journey, if we

can use that word, 20 months of

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recovery and hope and despair and

finally getting it, 11 and in the

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end, but they were happy with their

performance and that is what

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matters.

As we said on air, you can

only worry about what you can do,

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skating rice, to deliver the

elements, then it is down to their

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technical panel to give you the

level. They got the level fours,

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they did what they could, they

didn't get the component scores and

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grade of execution for individuals

that they would have liked, but you

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have to come off the ice and go, we

didn't know a year run a half ago

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that we would even be here, let

alone step on the ice to compete.

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I'm so proud of what they have

accomplished. Is it what they would

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have liked to have walked away from

today? Absolutely not. I defy

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anybody to do what they did, and to

do better.

You can only control what

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is controllable, as Nick said, but

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are the

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Olympic champions. What a comeback,

and what a story.

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And we'll have highlights

of the final figure skating event

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of these Games as the Women take

to the ice in the short

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programme on Thursday.

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Back up the mountain

to the ski halfpipe

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and Great Britain's Rowan Cheshire

was in action in the final.

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he's been

speaking to Ed Leigh.

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I was really confident

about my skiing and my fitness,

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going into it really happy.

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I don't member the crash

actually happening.

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I don't remember the hospital

anything, it is only in the morning

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that I have any recollection.

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When you knock yourself out,

like a concussion, you can't

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remember, it is a bit scary

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when you don't know what you have

done, you can't think

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about how you will

fix it or how you

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stop it from happening again.

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That was the first of three

concussions, in February 2014.

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What was the timeline?

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After that one, I went away

in October time to Saas Fee,

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I think it was, and then I ended up

hitting my head again.

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And then, again, the following

year in the same place.

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The third one was when it

really kind of hit me,

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it was very scary how I reacted

to that with

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the concussion and stuff.

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Did you feel yourself

changing, in the way

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you dealt with situations?

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Definitely, like normal

things, as in travelling,

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I wouldn't travel by myself,

something I am totally used

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to and have done for years,

it gave me a lot of anxiety

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to do normal daily things,

and you just get overly emotional

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about situations that

you wouldn't normally.

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Very not with it, kind

of just not there, yeah.

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A lot of people with concussions,

they do go through those kind

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of things, and it is kind of tough

mentally to think,

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why am I feeling like this?

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Am I the only one feeling like this?

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It is very hard.

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So the reassurance that you are not

the only one and it does

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get better with time,

it does take a while

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to heal itself, really.

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You are still very young,

but the experiences of the last

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three and a half years,

has it changed your

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enjoyment of skiing?

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It did, like it really did.

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I remember, I told my dad I didn't

want to do it any more,

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and I burst out crying,

because I was so sad about it.

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I clearly don't want to quit if I am

going to be that sad about it,

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when you have the fear of a tap

to your head,

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it does take away the fun a bit.

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So finding the enjoyment

and getting the adrenaline back

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was a big thing for me.

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It is there now, it is very obvious.

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Definitely, I am

enjoying it so much now.

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Looking to Pyeongchang,

what are your expectations?

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I would really like a medal.

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That is one of my goals,

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I am just going to come and see how

it goes, not trying to think

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about it too much, to be honest,

hopefully it will come together,

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and you never know.

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Great Britain's Rowan Cheshire. Sat

next to me is the man of the moment

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from ski slope yesterday, James

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next to me is the man of the moment

from ski slope yesterday, James

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Woods. How's it going?

Good to have

you with us. This is banging, best

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seat in the house!

Rowan, battling

back from that horrendous concussion

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in Sochi, but she has made it to the

Olympics and she's about to drop in

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for the first time.

Just needs to

put down a solid scorer on the board

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here. Nice big alley-oop, best

amplitude that we have seen so far,

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into the nine. Solid five. Into the

seven. Now, it's the switch

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alley-oop.

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alley-oop.

Lovely, great first run.

Definitely got the most amplitude

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that we have seen so far. And she's

got a nine in there, so she has

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upped the difficulty that we have

seen from any of the previous runs.

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75.4. She slots on behind

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75.4. She slots on behind the

Russian, Demidova. Brita Sigourney

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leads the World Cup standings. Me

coming into this from an outside

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perspective, but with a good bit of

inside knowledge on the halfpipe

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scene, this, for me, this is the

battle between Cassie Sharpe and

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professor Gony for this win. And

Brita has gone big, huge. That

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alley-oop 540, with so much travel.

That this technical difficulty in a

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nutshell.

To rotate up the pipe,

then to travel that far down it.

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Exactly,.

I got the shivers, then.

It is shimmering, turn it down, turn

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the gas down. It is going to catch

you in a minute.

It is already

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caught. I am a newbie any but I am

already caught, as far as I'm

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concerned.

Look at that the 390s

only pulled down by that 89. It is

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very difficult, the judging and the

points thing, but the essence of it

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is to look at the placings.

The

score is just a little message from

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the judges to the riders, more than

anything. 89.8. That's telling me

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that the judges are telling Brita,

get those grabs, and get them well

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up there into the 90s.

Marie

Martinod has got her first run, the

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33-year-old mother of one. Defying

the mantra of action sports and

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absolutely slaying it in the pipe.

They are known as youth sports, but

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they have been coming-of-age over

the last three decades. And age is

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just a number for Marie Martinod.

Great first run from the

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Frenchwoman.

Silver medallist from

Sochi, skis out of our plan, -- of

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La Plagnes.

Ed loves the logo from

La Plagnes.

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La Plagnes.

Oh, well, we said it.

She skis Calabro, she takes the

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boxes, she does exactly what the

judges want to see. -- she skis

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clever.

Cassie Sharpe coming out of

Vancouver Island BC, her brother

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took a silver at the X Games and

snowboard slope, and wasn't brought

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here, so the sharp family very happy

to have at least one member in

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there.

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there.

She qualified in first place.

You can see how clean and

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confidently she comes through the

pipe, and she is taking the boxes

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for the judges. Massive truck

driver, there.

Beautiful, beautiful

0:43:510:43:56

last trick.

You can not have rolled

a bowling ball any smoother than

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that! Just hit the transition.

Fantastic run from Cassie, both

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nines, lots of switches, two big

straight air, with solid, consistent

0:44:090:44:15

grabs. Some amazing skiing.

The last

woman to drop in the first run of

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the women's ski halfpipe finals is

Cassie Sharpe, and she takes the

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lead with a 94.4. Cassie Sharpe,

94.4, chased closely by Marie

0:44:300:44:38

Martinod and Brita Sigourney,

Annalisa Drew, in fourth, with Rowan

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Cheshire making it into the top six

after run one, so she has crept up a

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couple places.

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Rowan Cheshire of Great Britain.

She

has already done so much by getting

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here. Can I say bad-ass? I probably

can't.

But she is!

I learned to ski

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at the Stoke dry slope, where she

did.

I can tell you another

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interesting fact, Rowan Cheshire

taught Sarah Hoefflin 270s off the

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rails.

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rails.

Technical wise, this is

pretty much flawless so far. You can

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see, coming out of the 900 on her

third hit, going into the 540, she

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had a scuffed on the bottom.

Unfortunately, she went down on the

0:45:350:45:40

right side 540. A less easy way of

spelling.

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Marie Martinod, the fantastic Alpine

themed pants from the 70s.

I love

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that, she looks good.

Lovely start.

Starting to up the technicality of

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the second. You can see how

confident she is feeling, after

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landing that first run. The speed is

there. Final hate... Flair to ten?

0:46:050:46:16

-- final

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-- final hit. The 33-year-old mother

of one, absolutely destroying it

0:46:220:46:26

here at Phoenix Park. She has just

backed the judges into a serious

0:46:260:46:33

corner.

0:46:330:46:40

My goodness! Not what we thought!

I

thought it was going to be more than

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that.

I thought it was going to be

more, too.

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more, too.

What about Cassie Sharpe?

I don't know, man!

They haven't put

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in much space to put somebody

between. Look at this, Cassie is

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running the game right now. She is

there, and she is definitely the

0:47:060:47:12

favourite to win. She is in the lead

already and she is going to have to

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do seriously well.

Penultimate run,

already in the lead. A big spin, the

0:47:160:47:22

first hit.

Solid grab, into the

flair.

How relaxed was that?

360,

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Switch. Down the pipe, 360. Now,

needs to... There is the truck

0:47:340:47:39

driver. Really nice. Finally

finishing off with a bang. Oh, my

0:47:390:47:46

days!

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Nine to nine to start with, and then

the finish. I think that is the run

0:47:570:48:01

that she wanted in her dreams. Just

booted herself out of of place, I

0:48:010:48:10

reckon. Straight through the net,

95.8. It is an improvement. And on

0:48:100:48:18

the buzzer, Cassie Sharpe, I think,

has put it out of reach for

0:48:180:48:21

everybody else. There are the

standings after the second run.

0:48:210:48:26

Cassie Sharpe, with 95.8.

0:48:260:48:34

OK, Rowan Cheshire from Great

Britain, dropping in for her third

0:48:410:48:45

and final run. Currently in seventh

position. She has the tools to

0:48:450:48:48

improve.

0:48:480:48:55

Third run nerves after missing the

second run. She is starting nice and

0:48:550:48:58

smooth. 540, down to the 180. No,

no!

She has fallen on the left nine.

0:48:580:49:07

She swapped the nine on the second

hit for the alley-oop. She had

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scaled back.

0:49:110:49:18

Next, Maddie Bowman from the United

States. Currently in 11. She

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qualified in sixth, I think. So, she

is on the form she has, she could

0:49:260:49:32

move up the rankings considerably.

Technical wise, it is all there. She

0:49:320:49:42

just needs the amplitude to match.

0:49:420:49:44

A huge 540. The tale, into 720.

Switch seven.

0:49:470:50:00

Switch seven. She gets the amplitude

back up. Here is, the 900.

Come on!

0:50:000:50:04

Do it! Oh, no!

You're kidding...

What a shame.

I thought she was

0:50:040:50:17

going to let it go after the nine.

The Olympic champion crashes out in

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the finals. All three runs.

0:50:220:50:30

the finals. All three runs. The last

four riders to drop Adi four top

0:50:300:50:33

riders. Annalisa Drew, just outside

the medals. Can she now pull it out

0:50:330:50:38

of the bag and lay down a score

worthy of the event? She needs the

0:50:380:50:47

run of her life to upset the apple

cart. So far, it is looking like

0:50:470:50:50

that beautiful alley-oop.

0:50:500:50:56

that beautiful alley-oop. To the

five. Calming things down, a gentle

0:50:560:50:59

pause between the technicality that

we are going to see at the bottom.

0:50:590:51:02

We need the fireworks. Wow. That was

clean. I'm so glad I did my vision

0:51:020:51:10

out of the window to see the

landing. That was so clean! I mean,

0:51:100:51:15

Annalisa Drew, regardless of score,

regardless of ranking, she can be

0:51:150:51:23

incredibly proud of three runs in

the bag, for the Olympic final. That

0:51:230:51:27

is a huge attribute to her skiing.

The judges are going to be staring

0:51:270:51:31

this rundown and comparing it

exactly against Brita Sigourney's

0:51:310:51:34

run.

0:51:340:51:39

run.

So, Annalisa Drew, the American

was on an 86.8. She is looking for

0:51:390:51:44

something above 89.8. 90.8! She is a

point clear and is in the medals for

0:51:440:51:51

now. But there are three riders left

to drop. The next of which will be

0:51:510:51:57

Brita Sigourney, who she has just

bumped out of bronze medal position.

0:51:570:52:01

It could be a very awkward flight

home on the USA team playing. --

0:52:010:52:08

plane. She has bumped her fellow

countrywoman out of the medals, and

0:52:080:52:12

now Brita Sigourney has it all to

do.

This is where you find out what

0:52:120:52:16

you are made of. When you thought

you had a medal, you got that close,

0:52:160:52:21

and now you have got to lay down a

huge clean run, arguably the best

0:52:210:52:25

run of her life under the most

pressure.

Brita Sigourney has the

0:52:250:52:33

ability to do this. She has the

amplitude, technical difficulty, the

0:52:330:52:39

confidence, the grabs. Roger

Sigourney is the only person here

0:52:390:52:42

who can actually challenge Cassie

Sharpe, in my opinion, for the top

0:52:420:52:46

spot. Now she has the destruction of

being bombed down to fourth place.

0:52:460:52:53

-- and destruction.

Distraction, or

motivation? Let's find out. Huge

0:52:530:52:59

alley-oop. Biggest of the day, was

it?

She made a nine look like a

0:52:590:53:05

five.

She got the grab, that is what

the last run was lacking.

Needs

0:53:050:53:10

fireworks here.

0:53:100:53:18

fireworks here. Beautiful, big 722

finish. The last 180 was blind. They

0:53:180:53:21

are hugging at the bottom.

For me, I

think she is definitely in the

0:53:210:53:30

medals, man, there is no way about

it.

Absolutely. But I think it is

0:53:300:53:34

better than Martinod's run. It was

definitely bigger. As you said, she

0:53:340:53:41

had the style and cleanliness.

The

grabs as well.

That is the battle

0:53:410:53:47

that we came to see. I'm sorry,

everybody else, but we came to see

0:53:470:53:51

the rock stars and this is the

Cassie Sharpe against Brita

0:53:510:53:56

Sigourney show.

This is what you

want in the pipe contest, you don't

0:53:560:54:01

want anybody on a victory lap. I

think we will see something

0:54:010:54:03

between...

Oh, my goodness! Dodging

a huge bullet! I can't tell you how

0:54:030:54:10

much I respect Marie and that was an

amazing run, but obviously the

0:54:100:54:17

judges are seeing things we can't

see on the street we are getting.

0:54:170:54:20

Not holding the grabs quite

correctly, I think that is what she

0:54:200:54:23

was punished for.

Are we going to

see the defending silver

0:54:230:54:34

see the defending silver medallist

from La Plan in France, are we go to

0:54:350:54:37

see her step up her game and fault

Cassie Sharpe into the silver medal

0:54:370:54:45

position?

Gold fever in the women's

ski pipe finals. Marie Martinod is

0:54:450:54:49

on the hunt.

0:54:490:54:52

The nine was so well measured.

Really clean.

0:55:000:55:07

Really clean.

Goodness.

You don't

need to be a rocket surgeon to do

0:55:070:55:10

the maths on that one.

0:55:100:55:17

the maths on that one. Marie

Martinod raises her hands and

0:55:170:55:18

celebrates a silver, while at the

top of the pipe, Cassie Sharpe, is

0:55:180:55:25

high-fiving the coaches and let's

the idea of a gold settle.

0:55:250:55:36

Back-up to the top, Cassie Sharpe.

Her brother missed out on the slope

0:55:360:55:46

team, and now Cassie Sharpe comes

home with a goal. What a fantastic

0:55:460:55:49

day for the Sharpe family and for

Canada, following up on that silver

0:55:490:55:57

in the women's slope. Mark McMorris

and Max Parrot's bronze and silver

0:55:570:56:05

is. She lets it go.

It is almost

relief, isn't it? The relief is

0:56:050:56:11

gone.

You talk about fighting

against yourself. My goodness! She

0:56:110:56:19

is in such a zone right now. That is

going at the top of the run. I

0:56:190:56:24

guarantee you, for the end of the

season, she will be throwing out at

0:56:240:56:28

the top of the run. It is so, so

firm. Cassie Sharpe, undoubtedly,

0:56:280:56:35

emphatically, taking gold in the

women's ski half pipe finals. A

0:56:350:56:42

fantastic battle, but a performance

that proved to be head and shoulders

0:56:420:56:47

above the rest. The technicality and

amplitude at the top of the pipe was

0:56:470:56:53

too much for Marie Martinod, Brita

Sigourney and Annalisa Drew, just

0:56:530:56:58

outside the medals in fourth place.

Olympic champion, huge

0:56:580:57:03

congratulations. How does that feel?

0:57:030:57:04

Olympic champion, huge

congratulations. How does that feel?

0:57:040:57:08

Incredible, it doesn't quite feel

real yet. But I put a whole bunch of

0:57:080:57:11

work into getting here. It feels

good.

Fair to say you have been

0:57:110:57:15

bossing it since the Oslo X-Games,

how much pressure were you and

0:57:150:57:19

coming into Olympics?

I definitely

felt the pressure and the

0:57:190:57:25

expectation. But I tried to put as

much time and preparing for it and

0:57:250:57:28

getting my run ready to land, and to

be consistent, and to win it. Yes, I

0:57:280:57:34

am really thankful that I did all of

the work beforehand.

Rowan, huge

0:57:340:57:39

congratulations. Seventh place, you

must be thrilled?

I am over the

0:57:390:57:43

moon. It was a gold mine to reach

the finals because I had minimal

0:57:430:57:47

training this year. Just over the

moon, to make the finals and then to

0:57:470:57:51

put down a run. Sometimes the nerves

gets to me. -- it was a goal of

0:57:510:57:59

mine. I was glad that I was able to

put together a good run.

0:57:590:58:02

That's all from us for now.

0:58:020:58:04

I'll be back at 11:45pm over

on BBC One with live coverage

0:58:040:58:07

of the Women's Downhill.

0:58:070:58:08

Can Lyndsey Vonn deliver gold?

0:58:080:58:09

See you tomorrow.

0:58:090:58:17

The medals are won in the ice dance competition of the figure skating, and there's the best of the action in the women's ski halfpipe final. Radzi Chinyanganya presents.