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Hello and welcome to Day 11
of the Winter Olympics and there's
plenty more ice and snow to come
from these Games.
That was beautiful.
She is light
years ahead of everyone else.
Later in the programme we'll see how
Great Britain's Rowan Cheshire
gets on in the final
of the women's ski halfpipe.
But first it's the conclusion
of the ice dance.
Yesterday we saw Britain's Penny
Coombes and Nick Buckland
after the short programme.
A remarkable achievement,
given then 20 months ago, Penny
was told she would never skate again
after a training accident.
Kat Downes and Robin
Cousins can talk us through
the free dance.
Welcome to medal day, once again,
skating fans this is the eye stands
free dance at the Gangneung Ice
Arena and we will see gold, silver
and bronze handed out in this final
day of the Olympic competition. Just
over quite minutes in this Olympic
journey will be over for Nick and
Penny. From a shattered kneecap
through 20 months of recovery to
today, tenth place at the moment,
Nick and Penny looking to push up
the leaderboard, and they need to be
And that was the lift.
How is it
So far, so good.
The ultimate story of grit and the
termination has a happy ending out
on the ice for now at least. It
might not be a medal for Nick and
Penny but this will mean more to
them than precious metal. Just
seeing out there skating together,
and at an Olympics. Robin, look at
the computer, what can you see?
Diagonal sequence level four,
straight-line lift, synchronised
twizzle is, but they shall live,
four, circular step, level three,
curved left, level four, we are
seeing positive GOEs
across-the-board. And that second
turn of the twizzle, brought back
Wimbledon 1.96, keeping them
behind Kimi -- the Canadians. They
are in third place at the moment and
so desperate to finish in the top
ten. These two, very much in the
battle, particularly for the bronze
medal position at the moment. Who
knows Chris macro they could go even
better. Just two one hundredths of a
point between Maia Shibutani and
Alex Shibutani and their countrymen
Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donahue.
The rivalry in Team USA is heating
Maia and Alex hoping that John Chang
2018 is their paradise. -- that
Very smooth from the step sequins
and into the straight-line left.
and into the straight-line left. --
Perfection through the twizzles.
They are so precise with their feet.
It is signature Shibutami, clean,
correct, precise, the performance of
this games from them. They already
have our bronze medal in the bag
from the team event and that looks
very much like a medal winning
performance from me.
That was the
best I've seen them. They are so
precise technically, always
consistent, but sometimes it's just
lacking the joy or some emotion and
you could see individually they were
both loving that moment of being on
the ice, and that's what I need to
see, that's what I haven't had from
them that often. It's almost been
very, almost clinical, for me.
very, almost clinical, for me.
have new leaders, just as we
expected, and that will pile the
pressure on Hubbell and Donahue. The
Shibutami 's have really gone for it
here. And now the European --
reigning European champions,
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume
Cizeron. They are less than two
points behind Tessa Virtue and Scott
Moir, who lead the way. That
wardrobe malfunction, her dress
falling off during a performance
yesterday really knocked them, but
still, less than one point in it.
It is silky, smooth, sublime from
the off. It was billed as a battle
for gold between them and their
training partners, Scott Moir and
Exquisite to watch them skate.
Individually, strong skaters,
together, it is special. That is
what happens, the music starts and
then you will see. It is the detail
for me, even the way the fingers
intertwined the opening move. It
draws you in and commands your
attention. So musical. They feel
every moment that they are together.
There is that connection.
A new season's best, a new world
record. 123.35. And it is going to
be a very, very, very big ask for
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, to
claim their second Olympic title.
Tessa and Scott, just one bubble
away. They will skate last,
desperately trying to save their
gold medal chances. But Madison
Hubbell and Zachary Donahue
currently sit in the bronze medal
position. They saw that performance,
and they will need to be brilliant
if they want to go home in the
It was fabulous and dramatic, but
putting your hands down on the ice
makes an instant one point
deduction, because it was considered
a fall. I have written a note, there
is never anything tentative about
these two when they hit the ice, it
is gangbusters of a quality. And
they wanted to make that happen
There was no room for error
at all in that programme if they
wanted to beat Alex and Maia
Shibutani. That is going to be a
It is 109.94. So, they slot into
third place, with Tessa Virtue and
Scott Moir yet to skate. It is that
heartbreaking, agonising, fourth
position for Madison and Zachary.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the
world champions, the 2010 Olympic
champions. In the gold medal
position, coming into this free
dance. But they are going to be
extraordinary if they want to win
this gold medal. They are going to
need to beat the new world record,
laid down by Gabriella
laid down by Gabriella Papadakis and
Guillaume Cizeron, just two routines
It is brilliant! But is it enough?
Enough for Olympic gold for the
world champions from Canada?
they wanted to deliver and they
certainly did. I tell you, I am
looking at the screens, trying to do
the maths. It is tight at the top.
They know they could
not have done any more. Virtue and
Moir had no wriggle room, there was
nothing for them to play with, they
couldn't leave anything on the ice.
And they didn't, they absolutely
They've done it! 122.40, the
comeback kid is complete for Tessa
Virtue and Scott Moir, silver in
Sochi four years ago, they tucked
two years away from competition and
returned to win World Championship
gold last year, and now it is
Olympic gold, too!
Phenomenal, amazing champions,
amazing performance. Yes, very
different to Papadakis and Cizeron.
That silver medal is well-deserved.
But these two are supreme.
Confirmation that they are the
Olympic champions for a second time,
adding gold here in Pyeongchang to
the gold they took in 2010 in
Vancouver. Gabriella Papadakis and
Guillaume Cizeron second for silver,
remarkable skating from them and
Alex Shibutani and Maia Shibutani
finding something extra when it
counted to take bronze for Team USA.
Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland just
missing out on a top ten finish, a
bittersweet moment for them, they
hope to be in the top ten but a
brilliant skate from them, they did
everything they could, and great to
see them performing out on Olympic
ice for a third time.
see them performing out on Olympic
ice for a third time.
I don't think
we could have skated any better.
With the pressure mounting, we took
to the ice and said, let's skate for
us, we deserve this already.
went into that final programme
knowing you needed a massive
performance to beat a world-record
We train with them, so we
knew what to expect, but we didn't
know they had posted a world-record
score. But you could put their house
on it, for sure, that they would.
And we had to come out and have our
skate, and we felt like we did that.
That's what we are most proud of.
Things pan out different ways in
sport but we stuck to our plan and
we proud to come out this
competition with a gold medal.
did everything we could today, and
we can be very proud.
When you do a
world-record performance and you
still don't get the gold, what do
you feel about that?
know, sometimes it's just like that.
You know? But what is done is done,
the points are what they are, we are
just really proud of what we did
today. We had such a good feeling on
the ice. It was one of the most
incredible experiences I've ever
Four years ago, ninth, and now
a bronze medal.
difference. We have changed so much
since the first Olympics. We have
just been training, training,
training. So to put out a programme
like that badly can be so proud of,
it feels amazing.
So many sleepless
nights, so much dreaming and work
and never-ending belief in ourselves
got here. I am so happy to be back.
I really enjoyed myself. The
audience were great. It felt like a
great skate, I felt like we gave it
everything, and the scorer was very
disappointing for us, because that's
not what we came here to do.
Sometimes the score can dampen your
feelings about the performance. I
was trying to remember how we felt
when we were performing and after we
finished, that is the most important
thing. We felt like we did a great
job and performed that programme as
well as we wanted to, today, so we
got to try and remember that.
Celebration still going on down on
the ice, I can see Tessa and Scott
wrapped in the Maple Leaf flag. What
a way to win the Olympic title,
there was nothing in it, they needed
They did, and they
delivered it. The French had come
out and been stunning, broken their
own world record, set down the
gauntlet, and the Canadians came out
absolutely serenely and started with
such composure. There was no
tension, nothing, and it was
This is what
they came back with. They got silver
in Sochi, they took two years away
from competition, they were putting
in all the hard work, and they won
the World Championship last year.
This is what they wanted, this 2018
Absolutely, they did.
You read about the reasons they want
to do, they love skating, they said
that we don't want to stop but we
missed that competition element.
They had asked the Canadian skating
federation, can we move to drain
that these people in Montreal, and
they said no, so they said, OK, we
are done with it, it didn't work
after Sochi. Then they said we are
coming back, we are moving to
Montreal, we will train the
Papadakis and Cizeron, and we will
make it happen. And goodness me,
they did today. What was lovely to
see those couples hugging it out on
the ice. Of course there will be
disappointment for the French team,
but they do know that on the day,
the Canadians were better.
got to mention Penny and Nick as
well, a bittersweet end to their
incredible Olympic journey, if we
can use that word, 20 months of
recovery and hope and despair and
finally getting it, 11 and in the
end, but they were happy with their
performance and that is what
As we said on air, you can
only worry about what you can do,
skating rice, to deliver the
elements, then it is down to their
technical panel to give you the
level. They got the level fours,
they did what they could, they
didn't get the component scores and
grade of execution for individuals
that they would have liked, but you
have to come off the ice and go, we
didn't know a year run a half ago
that we would even be here, let
alone step on the ice to compete.
I'm so proud of what they have
accomplished. Is it what they would
have liked to have walked away from
today? Absolutely not. I defy
anybody to do what they did, and to
You can only control what
is controllable, as Nick said, but
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are the
Olympic champions. What a comeback,
and what a story.
And we'll have highlights
of the final figure skating event
of these Games as the Women take
to the ice in the short
programme on Thursday.
Back up the mountain
to the ski halfpipe
and Great Britain's Rowan Cheshire
was in action in the final.
speaking to Ed Leigh.
I was really confident
about my skiing and my fitness,
going into it really happy.
I don't member the crash
I don't remember the hospital
anything, it is only in the morning
that I have any recollection.
When you knock yourself out,
like a concussion, you can't
remember, it is a bit scary
when you don't know what you have
done, you can't think
about how you will
fix it or how you
stop it from happening again.
That was the first of three
concussions, in February 2014.
What was the timeline?
After that one, I went away
in October time to Saas Fee,
I think it was, and then I ended up
hitting my head again.
And then, again, the following
year in the same place.
The third one was when it
really kind of hit me,
it was very scary how I reacted
to that with
the concussion and stuff.
Did you feel yourself
changing, in the way
you dealt with situations?
Definitely, like normal
things, as in travelling,
I wouldn't travel by myself,
something I am totally used
to and have done for years,
it gave me a lot of anxiety
to do normal daily things,
and you just get overly emotional
about situations that
you wouldn't normally.
Very not with it, kind
of just not there, yeah.
A lot of people with concussions,
they do go through those kind
of things, and it is kind of tough
mentally to think,
why am I feeling like this?
Am I the only one feeling like this?
It is very hard.
So the reassurance that you are not
the only one and it does
get better with time,
it does take a while
to heal itself, really.
You are still very young,
but the experiences of the last
three and a half years,
has it changed your
enjoyment of skiing?
It did, like it really did.
I remember, I told my dad I didn't
want to do it any more,
and I burst out crying,
because I was so sad about it.
I clearly don't want to quit if I am
going to be that sad about it,
when you have the fear of a tap
to your head,
it does take away the fun a bit.
So finding the enjoyment
and getting the adrenaline back
was a big thing for me.
It is there now, it is very obvious.
Definitely, I am
enjoying it so much now.
Looking to Pyeongchang,
what are your expectations?
I would really like a medal.
That is one of my goals,
I am just going to come and see how
it goes, not trying to think
about it too much, to be honest,
hopefully it will come together,
and you never know.
Great Britain's Rowan Cheshire. Sat
next to me is the man of the moment
from ski slope yesterday, James
next to me is the man of the moment
from ski slope yesterday, James
Woods. How's it going?
Good to have
you with us. This is banging, best
seat in the house!
back from that horrendous concussion
in Sochi, but she has made it to the
Olympics and she's about to drop in
for the first time.
Just needs to
put down a solid scorer on the board
here. Nice big alley-oop, best
amplitude that we have seen so far,
into the nine. Solid five. Into the
seven. Now, it's the switch
Lovely, great first run.
Definitely got the most amplitude
that we have seen so far. And she's
got a nine in there, so she has
upped the difficulty that we have
seen from any of the previous runs.
75.4. She slots on behind
75.4. She slots on behind the
Russian, Demidova. Brita Sigourney
leads the World Cup standings. Me
coming into this from an outside
perspective, but with a good bit of
inside knowledge on the halfpipe
scene, this, for me, this is the
battle between Cassie Sharpe and
professor Gony for this win. And
Brita has gone big, huge. That
alley-oop 540, with so much travel.
That this technical difficulty in a
To rotate up the pipe,
then to travel that far down it.
I got the shivers, then.
It is shimmering, turn it down, turn
the gas down. It is going to catch
you in a minute.
It is already
caught. I am a newbie any but I am
already caught, as far as I'm
Look at that the 390s
only pulled down by that 89. It is
very difficult, the judging and the
points thing, but the essence of it
is to look at the placings.
score is just a little message from
the judges to the riders, more than
anything. 89.8. That's telling me
that the judges are telling Brita,
get those grabs, and get them well
up there into the 90s.
Martinod has got her first run, the
33-year-old mother of one. Defying
the mantra of action sports and
absolutely slaying it in the pipe.
They are known as youth sports, but
they have been coming-of-age over
the last three decades. And age is
just a number for Marie Martinod.
Great first run from the
Silver medallist from
Sochi, skis out of our plan, -- of
Ed loves the logo from
Oh, well, we said it.
She skis Calabro, she takes the
boxes, she does exactly what the
judges want to see. -- she skis
Cassie Sharpe coming out of
Vancouver Island BC, her brother
took a silver at the X Games and
snowboard slope, and wasn't brought
here, so the sharp family very happy
to have at least one member in
She qualified in first place.
You can see how clean and
confidently she comes through the
pipe, and she is taking the boxes
for the judges. Massive truck
You can not have rolled
a bowling ball any smoother than
that! Just hit the transition.
Fantastic run from Cassie, both
nines, lots of switches, two big
straight air, with solid, consistent
grabs. Some amazing skiing.
woman to drop in the first run of
the women's ski halfpipe finals is
Cassie Sharpe, and she takes the
lead with a 94.4. Cassie Sharpe,
94.4, chased closely by Marie
Martinod and Brita Sigourney,
Annalisa Drew, in fourth, with Rowan
Cheshire making it into the top six
after run one, so she has crept up a
Rowan Cheshire of Great Britain.
has already done so much by getting
here. Can I say bad-ass? I probably
But she is!
I learned to ski
at the Stoke dry slope, where she
I can tell you another
interesting fact, Rowan Cheshire
taught Sarah Hoefflin 270s off the
Technical wise, this is
pretty much flawless so far. You can
see, coming out of the 900 on her
third hit, going into the 540, she
had a scuffed on the bottom.
Unfortunately, she went down on the
right side 540. A less easy way of
Marie Martinod, the fantastic Alpine
themed pants from the 70s.
that, she looks good.
Starting to up the technicality of
the second. You can see how
confident she is feeling, after
landing that first run. The speed is
there. Final hate... Flair to ten?
-- final hit. The 33-year-old mother
of one, absolutely destroying it
here at Phoenix Park. She has just
backed the judges into a serious
My goodness! Not what we thought!
thought it was going to be more than
I thought it was going to be
What about Cassie Sharpe?
I don't know, man!
They haven't put
in much space to put somebody
between. Look at this, Cassie is
running the game right now. She is
there, and she is definitely the
favourite to win. She is in the lead
already and she is going to have to
do seriously well.
already in the lead. A big spin, the
Solid grab, into the
How relaxed was that?
Switch. Down the pipe, 360. Now,
needs to... There is the truck
driver. Really nice. Finally
finishing off with a bang. Oh, my
Nine to nine to start with, and then
the finish. I think that is the run
that she wanted in her dreams. Just
booted herself out of of place, I
reckon. Straight through the net,
95.8. It is an improvement. And on
the buzzer, Cassie Sharpe, I think,
has put it out of reach for
everybody else. There are the
standings after the second run.
Cassie Sharpe, with 95.8.
OK, Rowan Cheshire from Great
Britain, dropping in for her third
and final run. Currently in seventh
position. She has the tools to
Third run nerves after missing the
second run. She is starting nice and
smooth. 540, down to the 180. No,
She has fallen on the left nine.
She swapped the nine on the second
hit for the alley-oop. She had
Next, Maddie Bowman from the United
States. Currently in 11. She
qualified in sixth, I think. So, she
is on the form she has, she could
move up the rankings considerably.
Technical wise, it is all there. She
just needs the amplitude to match.
A huge 540. The tale, into 720.
Switch seven. She gets the amplitude
back up. Here is, the 900.
Do it! Oh, no!
What a shame.
I thought she was
going to let it go after the nine.
The Olympic champion crashes out in
the finals. All three runs.
the finals. All three runs. The last
four riders to drop Adi four top
riders. Annalisa Drew, just outside
the medals. Can she now pull it out
of the bag and lay down a score
worthy of the event? She needs the
run of her life to upset the apple
cart. So far, it is looking like
that beautiful alley-oop.
that beautiful alley-oop. To the
five. Calming things down, a gentle
pause between the technicality that
we are going to see at the bottom.
We need the fireworks. Wow. That was
clean. I'm so glad I did my vision
out of the window to see the
landing. That was so clean! I mean,
Annalisa Drew, regardless of score,
regardless of ranking, she can be
incredibly proud of three runs in
the bag, for the Olympic final. That
is a huge attribute to her skiing.
The judges are going to be staring
this rundown and comparing it
exactly against Brita Sigourney's
So, Annalisa Drew, the American
was on an 86.8. She is looking for
something above 89.8. 90.8! She is a
point clear and is in the medals for
now. But there are three riders left
to drop. The next of which will be
Brita Sigourney, who she has just
bumped out of bronze medal position.
It could be a very awkward flight
home on the USA team playing. --
plane. She has bumped her fellow
countrywoman out of the medals, and
now Brita Sigourney has it all to
This is where you find out what
you are made of. When you thought
you had a medal, you got that close,
and now you have got to lay down a
huge clean run, arguably the best
run of her life under the most
Brita Sigourney has the
ability to do this. She has the
amplitude, technical difficulty, the
confidence, the grabs. Roger
Sigourney is the only person here
who can actually challenge Cassie
Sharpe, in my opinion, for the top
spot. Now she has the destruction of
being bombed down to fourth place.
-- and destruction.
motivation? Let's find out. Huge
alley-oop. Biggest of the day, was
She made a nine look like a
She got the grab, that is what
the last run was lacking.
fireworks here. Beautiful, big 722
finish. The last 180 was blind. They
are hugging at the bottom.
For me, I
think she is definitely in the
medals, man, there is no way about
Absolutely. But I think it is
better than Martinod's run. It was
definitely bigger. As you said, she
had the style and cleanliness.
grabs as well.
That is the battle
that we came to see. I'm sorry,
everybody else, but we came to see
the rock stars and this is the
Cassie Sharpe against Brita
This is what you
want in the pipe contest, you don't
want anybody on a victory lap. I
think we will see something
Oh, my goodness! Dodging
a huge bullet! I can't tell you how
much I respect Marie and that was an
amazing run, but obviously the
judges are seeing things we can't
see on the street we are getting.
Not holding the grabs quite
correctly, I think that is what she
was punished for.
Are we going to
see the defending silver
see the defending silver medallist
from La Plan in France, are we go to
see her step up her game and fault
Cassie Sharpe into the silver medal
Gold fever in the women's
ski pipe finals. Marie Martinod is
on the hunt.
The nine was so well measured.
need to be a rocket surgeon to do
the maths on that one.
the maths on that one. Marie
Martinod raises her hands and
celebrates a silver, while at the
top of the pipe, Cassie Sharpe, is
high-fiving the coaches and let's
the idea of a gold settle.
Back-up to the top, Cassie Sharpe.
Her brother missed out on the slope
team, and now Cassie Sharpe comes
home with a goal. What a fantastic
day for the Sharpe family and for
Canada, following up on that silver
in the women's slope. Mark McMorris
and Max Parrot's bronze and silver
is. She lets it go.
It is almost
relief, isn't it? The relief is
You talk about fighting
against yourself. My goodness! She
is in such a zone right now. That is
going at the top of the run. I
guarantee you, for the end of the
season, she will be throwing out at
the top of the run. It is so, so
firm. Cassie Sharpe, undoubtedly,
emphatically, taking gold in the
women's ski half pipe finals. A
fantastic battle, but a performance
that proved to be head and shoulders
above the rest. The technicality and
amplitude at the top of the pipe was
too much for Marie Martinod, Brita
Sigourney and Annalisa Drew, just
outside the medals in fourth place.
Olympic champion, huge
congratulations. How does that feel?
Olympic champion, huge
congratulations. How does that feel?
Incredible, it doesn't quite feel
real yet. But I put a whole bunch of
work into getting here. It feels
Fair to say you have been
bossing it since the Oslo X-Games,
how much pressure were you and
coming into Olympics?
felt the pressure and the
expectation. But I tried to put as
much time and preparing for it and
getting my run ready to land, and to
be consistent, and to win it. Yes, I
am really thankful that I did all of
the work beforehand.
congratulations. Seventh place, you
must be thrilled?
I am over the
moon. It was a gold mine to reach
the finals because I had minimal
training this year. Just over the
moon, to make the finals and then to
put down a run. Sometimes the nerves
gets to me. -- it was a goal of
mine. I was glad that I was able to
put together a good run.
That's all from us for now.
I'll be back at 11:45pm over
on BBC One with live coverage
of the Women's Downhill.
Can Lyndsey Vonn deliver gold?
See you tomorrow.