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Hello and welcome to Day 12
of the Winter Olympics.
Later in the programme we'll see
all the thrills and spills
of the Men's Ski Cross.
But after all the drama
of the Free Dance yesterday,
it's the turn of the women today.
They're in action in
the short programme.
Robin Cousins and Kat Downes can
talk us through the names
in the frame for gold.
I am most excited for the women. We
have had the queen of the ice,
untouchable for two years.
until an injury took her out of a
couple of major competitions and she
lost her title to the upstart, Alina
said Ita Vaea.
She has been outdone
by her own training partner.
current world champion. European
champion coming out of the junior
events and will have to be one of
the favourites for the Olympic gold.
This is something across-the-board
with the disciplines, at the top
level in juniors, Junior Grand Prix
and junior world tempi and chips,
the medallists are doing identical
material than those people at the
European and World Championships are
doing. To them, I am doing the exact
same material but a minute and a
half more to do it with.
against Russian, one of them will
get the gold?
You would think so,
but we have the fantastic result
from two Canadians who got on the
podium. They have had an up-and-down
season. It is who delivers all the
material on the night. Can you do
the triple, triple combinations. Can
you do them beautifully and have a
performance that connected not only
the audience, but the judges? That
will be the interesting thing.
Everybody is great, they are all
prepared. But then somebody comes
along, comes back into the skating
world in quite a big way, got the
bronze medal at the European
Championships, but could be the
grand dame and the beautician
amongst all these jumping beans to
upset the apple cart.
I would like
to see Medvedev to win the gold
medal. And like to say, I am still
in charge here. Let's had to the Ice
Arena where Kat Downes and Robin
Cousins are in the commentary box.
Japanese, making her debut on the
senior circuit. Sakamoto, yet to
come for Japan. This is their number
Opening with a beautiful laid-back
spin. Bronze medallist at last you's
junior World Championships.
Triple flip, triple toe loop.
It was gold and silver for the
Japanese man and women have their
work cut out to that success. But
that was a brilliant start from
17 years old and the
quality of the elements is
fantastic. No question for the
rotations on any of the jumps. Level
falls for every element.
It it is a
new season's bus. That is a lead of
almost nine points.
What have you got for us today. She
has made the headlines in the USA
after becoming the first American
woman to land a triple axel at the
Olympics. She has been warming up
the triple axel for this short
programme, does she have the guts to
go for it.
Setting it up now... That is a
shame. She got the rotation, so she
will get the credit, but I have a
feeling that will be a deduction as
well. Now, hold it together for the
triple flip, triple toe combination.
Triple flip... Triple toe loop.
Lovely, well done.
Held the landing, but a little
scratchy on the triple loop.
No risk and no reward. Mirai Nagasu
went for the triple axel. Didn't
quite work out.
Even with the
mistake, she still gets more points
for it than she would have if she
had just done the double.
Base score but the triple axel, 8.50
with one deduction. Mirai Nagasu
still got 5.5 and it was so close.
She went for it.
She went for it.
A new season's
best. She slots into second place
behind Sakamoto of Japan. It is off
to the practice rink for Mirai
Nagasu, to see if she can policy up
the triple axel for the long
programme. The Korean flags are
flying once again that the Korean
number two. Skated this programme in
the team event, Choi Dabin. She put
in a lovely performance on the
opening day of competition.
Triple Lutz, triple toe loop.
Exactly the start she would have
Triple flip. Light, easy. Final
jump, double axel.
Yes. That's the way to do it.
Another cool neat job by Choi Dabin.
Thriving in this atmosphere at her
Thought it would have
been plus twos. It's good enough
because they have all pluses.
Skating skills, transition
interpretation. So the components in
the mid to high sevens. Again, I
would have expected possibly to see
something into the eights somewhere.
67.77. She slots in just behind
Gabrielle Daleman of Canada. Just a
point in it. Choi Dabin in third
position and the crowd like that
result. Back-to-back world titles
and back-to-back European titles and
ever since she made her mark on the
senior circuit, she has been
favourite for this Olympic title
too. But she was pipped to the
European crown by her 15-year-old
country woman, Alina Zagitova. She
is out to maintain her top spot.
Evgenia Medvedeva is out to get the
Crown she must rightfully believe is
The jumping passes. Triple flip,
triple toe loop.
There's the triple loop.
Beautiful layback to finish.
perfection again. I've never seen
this girl put a foot wrong.
doubled the potential score with
grades of execution from the judges
in the step sequence.
jump style, her arm up above her
Which orginally used to be a
feature and it used to give you
extra points. But now everybody's
doing it so it's no longer special.
81.61 then. It's a new world record.
And Evgenia Medvedeva gets a
first foot on the top of the podium
-- yeah. New world record score.
First position in qualifying. It has
to be utter brilliance that beats
that. Satoko Miyahara the Japanese
national champion. She has been
struggling with injury though this
season. Only started jumping again
in October. But we saw her skate
absolutely beautifully in the Team
event. Japan finishing then in fifth
Triple Lutz, triple toe loop. That
is what she wanted. That's what she
got. Rotates so fast.
Beautiful triple loop.
Nice and light and easy in the
triple Axel. How's that for a
Absolutely beautiful from Satoko
Miyahara. Japan already have a
skater in the top three, Kaori
Sakamoto performing beautifully
Triple Lutz. Sometimes
she will get elements downgraded,
but I think today she was fully
rotated. Yes, she is.
75.94. A new
season's best for Satoko Miyahara.
She slots into second place behind
Evgenia Medvedeva. The Japanese in
the mix then when it comes to
Friday's Free Dance.
Kaetlyn Osmond then, part of the
Canadian team that won the gold in
the Team event. She won Team Silver
in Sochi. World Silver-medallists.
No mistakes in the Team event. She
will want and need to go absolutely
clean here with every element if she
wants to stake a claim for a
potential podium spot. That will
start with the combination. Triple
flip, triple toe loop. That's a
That's the triple Lutz.
And the double Axel.
Kaetlyn Osmond more like the
performance that won her a world
silver medal last year.
Beautiful and light on the triple
flip. Easy rotation. Leg back. Nice
running edge out. Sometimes get an
edge cut on the take-off of the
Lutz, but not today.
best then for Kaetlyn Osmond. 8. 87.
She is into second position behind
Evgenia Medvedeva. A world record
score. That will take some beating.
Second for Kaetlyn Osmond. In a
brilliant position going into the
Free Skate on Friday.
Free Skate on Friday. So 15 years
old. The one to watch at these
Games. Caused that massive upset at
the Europeans and beat Medvedeva to
take the title. Alina Zagitova the
brightest new star in women's figure
skating, looking to outshine
Medvedeva, once again, and steal
She's unbeaten since becoming
Junior World Champion.
She has the hardest combination of
all of the ladies. Triple Lutz,
triple loop jump and that was
And there's the triple flip.
And the double Axel.
She has been
doing it since she was a junior. She
doesn't have quite the skating
component score Evgenia Medvedeva
will have. She will slot nicely into
second place. That is what she will
need to do in the free programme
with a few more jumper elements to
get the score and beat Evgenia
Medvedeva, tactically and get those
points she won't get from the
components. Probably isn't expected
to be ahead of her in this short
programme for that very reason. But
goodness me, what one can do, the
other says, I can do better than
82.92 and that is Medvedeva's
world record already broken. It
stored for all of five minutes.
stored for all of five minutes. She
has said, I will get your world
record. She has pushed Medvedeva
The coach's face, she
will be wondering how she will have
to cope with those two ladies on a
day off, keep them calm and keep
This competition is
heating up in just the right way.
Absolutely, and it is not over yet.
We have Friday to come and I cannot
wait to see them go head-to-head.
Carolina Kostner, the grand dame of
the competition. What have you got?
Combination triple flip and double
toe loop. She wanted the triple but
new the flip didn't land exactly had
she needed it. So played safe and
Hand down on the triple loop.
Easy double axel.
Lovely, classical skating but it is
very difficult to follow a world
Body rotating around to her
right. Really not ready to take off
for the triple. So that was smart.
Leaning forward, she will be on the
toe pick on the landing and there is
the hand going down. You are giving
away small points, but collectively,
they add up.
they add up.
73.15 for Carolina
Kostner and she will have to fight
if she wants to make it onto the
podium, just like she did with the
bronze medal four years ago in
Sochi. Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond in
the bronze medal position but it is
a Russian head-to-head the gold with
FT Na Medford, but then Alina
Zagitova came out and smashed it.
And we'll see the Women's
Free Skate on Friday.
From the grace and beauty
of the figure skating to almost
the exact opposite at the Men's Ski
This event is brutal.
Expect drama, falls and some very,
very tight finishes.
Graham Bell is your commentator.
Ski cross is nothing without a
little bit of luck. Here we go.
bigger they are, the harder they
This is going to get exciting.
COMMENTATOR: the first of our
quarterfinals approach the gate.
quarterfinals approach the gate. The
blue bib of Mark Bishop Berger
closest to us.
closest to us.
Pressure on the tips
of the skis, you can see them
bending. They are out under way.
can Mac, so close.
can Mac, so close. Marc
Bischofberger, probably has the best
line. Brady Leman is right on his
shoulder. Watch the red bib on the
Bit of a speed check, just
enough to keep it there. Too much
from Marc Bischofberger.
from Marc Bischofberger. Through the
compression and at the moment it is
Alex Fiva in red, sitting back as
Marc Bischofberger manages to hold
on, just keeping in touch with Brady
Brady Leman and broke his leg
just before the Vancouver games and
was fourth in Sochi. Looking for
redemption. Alex Fiva... He has
What will happen? Looks like
Alex Fiva crashed and
Alex Fiva crashed and then they had
to swerve to avoid him. He missed
Neither of them were in
the mix anyway. It is Brady Leman
and the Canadian who makes it
through comfortably and then the
World Cup standing's leader, Marc
Bischofberger, who comes through in
Both of them are OK. Brady
Leman, is flying on this course. You
can see that Kermit the frog move
they do, their knees are either side
of their chest.
Confirmation of the
first of our quarterfinals, Brady
Leman and Marc Bischofberger advance
to the semifinals. Thomas Zangerl of
Austria is in the nearest lane.
Look how pulling themselves up. They
are out and underway.
Filip Flisar has got the speed.
has cost Zangerl a little bit. The
battle for second and third is going
to be tight. It is Filip Flisar in
the league and he's skiing well, the
world champion from 2015.
world champion from 2015. Filip
Flisar, leading from the front. The
Swiss is true and the Austrian. What
can Zangerl do? He is catching up
and overtaking Filip Flisar.
He is dragging behind Armin
Safely through the Armin
Niederer and a great overtaking move
in the end, but Filip Flisar looked
supreme but let the Swiss through,
maybe took his eye off the ball.
is the top two that go through.
Filip Flisar was his own worst
enemy, he didn't soak up the John
Godina. Then he pulled on the
bullfrog to make sure Zangerl didn't
come past him.
Those are the four who have gone
through to the first of the
semifinals. Kevin Drury of Canada is
the fastest qualifier. Then Robert
Winkler, the Austrian. Watch out for
Arnaud Bovolenta. The blue bib of
Bovolenta, closest to us. The
Russian, I think he was gifted a
place. He came through after the
take out crash. Be interesting if he
can stay in touch here.
can stay in touch here. I think this
is about Kevin Drury. It is Robert
Winkler out in front.
speed in this section.
He landed on
the back of the local. It is Kevin
Drury in the red bib out in front,
Bit of a speed check from
Also from Robert Drury as
well. Robert Drury has set himself
up nicely through the chicane.
Robert Winkler struggling to keep up
with the Frenchman, Bovolenta in
The big threat to
Bovolenta in second place is
Denshchikov, the Russian. This race
has gone to form, barring any
crashes on these final big kickers.
Kevin Drury of Canada is leading.
Bovolenta France's in second place
and Denshchikov over the final jump.
Watch at the back, Bovolenta in
yellow inside Robert Winkler.
yellow inside Robert Winkler.
think he is just in the league, just
the head as he went through.
Drury did show a clean set of
fields. Whether he can do that in
the semifinals, remains to be seen.
Denshchikov and Robert Drury are
out. Onto the last of our
Jean Frederic Chapuis. He is in
Francois Place has had a problem, he
is out of the race. The Jean
Frederic Chapuis and Duncan,
shoulder to shoulder.
He has opened
the door for Sergey Ridzik to come
through. He has made a move and has
overtaken the Olympic champion. Gone
really wide. Jean Frederic Chapuis
coming round on the outside.
down every door, Jean Frederic
Chapuis. Not enough speed to make
He is slipstreaming.
Sergey Ridzik shuts the door and
comes through. Could this be a
massive shock? It is all four of
them as they come through. Sergey
Ridzik moving ahead of David Duncan.
They come over the last jump. It is
the Russian and the Canadian through
and Francois Place and Jean Frederic
Chapuis are out. The reigning
Olympic champion is out in the
quarterfinals. That was a massive
shock. David Duncan looked almost
criminally relaxed. He was killing
speed and taking the line choice he
wanted. Seemingly no one was getting
close. Jean Frederic Chapuis looking
for any sprays either side of Sergey
The gold medal will go to someone
new here. Confirmation. Sergey
Ridzik and Dave Duncan progress.
Back up to the top. In the
Back up to the top. In the red bib
we have Nye nigh, Filip Flisar and
Barry Bennell and Marc
Bischofberger. Niederer the smartest
racer. Pulled himself through the
pack into the lead.
someone Slovenian and Canadian.
Bischofberger, out in front on the
inside. Incredible. Niederer at the
back. Flisar in third. The man in
blue in the second. Somehow Marc
Bischofberger in the yellow who is
blasted out in front.
through. I think that maybe Flisar
and Leman cancelled each other out.
Fighting too much against each other
and let the Swiss through. No, he's
made a mistake. He will open the
door now. He's opened the door.
Brady Leman has taken advantage.
Fighting to find a way in behind
Filip Flisar. Look at it, Marc
Bischofberger letting good.
Bischofberger coming back.
Neither is making a move on
Niederer from fourth. Can he
do what he did before? Will he come
right back to the front of the pack.
No, Brady Leman to lose here. In the
lead, heading towards the last
kicker. It's close. He punches it
forward. Brady Leman goes forward.
Into the Olympic final again. Fourth
place last time round in Sochi. What
can he do now.
This is where we see
that mistake from Marc
Inside ski lent into
the turn too much. That opened the
He knows he's gone in there.
Leman can ski that cleanly he will
carry more speed. That is when he
made his move.
it wasn't for the mistake from
Bischofberger, then Bischofberger
would have taken that win. It
doesn't matter. He's through and
qualified through to the finals.
Make a mistake like that in the
final you could end up out of the
medals. Back up to the top for the
second of our semi-finals. The
Russian in there, Sergey Ridzik,
Kevin Drury, Arnaud Bovolenta. I
think the last Frenchman left in the
mix and then Dave Duncan the third
and final Canadian.
Dave Duncan 35
years old, broke his collar bone
ahead of the Olympics in Vancouver.
Bovolenta the beast in the lane
nearest to us. Hasn't been starting
that quickly. Does he make his
presence felt. He's done the same
Made a hash brown of it
Ridzik cutting across both of
the Canadians. Ridzik keen to cut
out the two Canadians. Dave Duncan
in the yellow bib and Kevin Drury in
the green going outside. Bovolenta
is back in the mix.
Flailing in last
place right now.
The battle between
the two Canadians for second and
third. Those are the qualifying
spot. Dave Duncan in the yellow bib
in second. One ski. They race round.
Dave Duncan has gone wide. Has he
let his team-mate through? Let him
through. Ridzik into second.
Bovolenta is back in the mix again
after all of these mistakes.
Bovolenta in third. Right on the
tails of Ridzik.
Dave Duncan was
hoping over the tails of Bovolenta's
skis in fourth. Battle for second
appears to be Ridzik at the moment.
Ridzik clear of Bovolenta. This is
the last jump. Kevin Drury out in
front. Ridzik in second. Bovolenta
in third. Dave Duncan slipping all
the way down to fourth. What a race.
So many switches through the first
two-thirds of that race.
two-thirds of that race.
Bovolenta on this. He has to start
polling to get going again. What
does he do, absorbs it too early.
Absorbed it too early.
That's Ridzik' big move on the
outside. Look, there so, so close.
Dave Duncan actually shaves a bit of
speed to make sure he doesn't take
down Brady Leman.
It's looking like
it will be a real Humdinger. We've
got two Canadians through, Kevin
Drury and Brady Leman from the first
The Russian and the Swiss.
Bischofberger is looking very strong
as well. Bischofberger if he gets
out in front could take gold. He's
got two Canadians to worry about,
Kevin Drury and watch out for Sergey
We move back up to the top.
It's time to hand out the medals.
This is going to be very, very
close. Lining up in the gates.
Bischofberger, as you said, Graham,
has taken out three World Cup
victories this year. He leads the
World Cup standings. He looked less
than convincing in the early rounds.
He has certainly come to the fore
now. Bischofberger is in the lane
closest to the camera.
from Switzerland. Up against the
Olympic Athlete from Russia, Sergey
Ridzik. He has raced very well. The
quickest of the races in the seeding
round. There is Brady Leman, his
third chance, fourth agonisingly in
Sochi four years ago.
In the green
bib on the outside, unusually opting
to choose the outside lane is Kevin
Drury. The Canadians so, so fast.
The Russian so clever. Bischofberger
so wildy. They are under starter's
This drop off start.
Pressure on the gate. Pressure on
the skis. They're off. They are
under way. Brady Leman looking good
at the start. The Russian is ahead.
The Canadians are miles back as
Bischofberger and Ridzik race out in
front. Now there's a lot of work to
be done by the Canadians. Brady
Leman look at that move.
gone. It's gone for the Russia. Who
can get up fastest.
Kevin Drury and
He's lost his ski. Leman is
guaranteed a medal if he can stay on
his feet. He has to overtake.
Bischofberger is in silver medal
position chasing down Brady Leman in
first. Can Ridzik get up and claim
the bronze. Will it be the Canadian.
Ridzik had both skis on. Focussing
on the front of the race. Incredible
from Brady Leman. Eight years ago he
broke his leg ahead of the Winter
Olympic Games. Four years ago placed
agonisingly fourth. Losing time.
This could be good for the Canadian.
Bischofberger slip streaming now.
Bronze medal position. Over
the last jump.
That's it. Gold
medal, finally, for Brady Leman. An
silver for Marc Bischofberger. The
Swiss leader of the World Cup. He
mansion to turn that form on the
World Cup into a medal here. Then
it's Sergey Ridzik, the Russian,
working his way through.
Unfortunately for Kevin Drury, the
Canadian who convincingly led every
single one of his races up to this
point, who is taken out.
I think he
went. I think it was Kevin Drury
that went down. We will have to see
the crash again. These are the
medallists. Look what it means to
Brady Leman. It has taken him so
long to get there. To get on to an
Olympic podium and top spot.
Brilliant to see Kevin Drury skiing
down. We didn't want to see another
injury here. It has been a brutal,
absolutely brutal day of racing here
at the Men's Ski Cross. A final
worthy of each of these competitors.
Yes, these are the Gladiators of
snowsports. They really are.
Everything on the line. Total risk.
No sense of self preservation.
quarter given at any stage. Marc
Bischofberger, silver-medallist, in
front of that crew of travelling
Swiss fans. In bronze medal position
the first man to peel himself back
up off the snow, the Russian Sergey
Ridzik. Phenomenal performance from
him throughout the day and then
Kevin Drury, heartbreakingly, just
outside the medals in fourth
position. Bischofberger was right
over the front of his skis.
that Brady Leman gets coming into
here. It was a definite fall.
Drury. Yeah. Kevin Drury went down
first. Basically, took rid rid out
at the knees.
If it had gone the
other way, then it probably would
have been a protest.
Look at that.
That is a man on his way up to a
bronze. He knew what was at stake.
think he would have been awarded the
bronze anyway, even if he hadn't
crossed the line third because he
was taken out, definitely taken out
by the Canadian crashing in front of
Brady Leman, soaking up these
jumps. Down into the finish area.
Bischofberger, so close he could
nearly touch Leman. He takes the
silver. It's Ridzik for bronze.
nearly touch Leman. He takes the
silver. It's Ridzik for bronze.
Olympic gold must feel incredible.
Given where you have come from four
years ago it must be that much more
special kchl you quite contemplate
what you have achieved today?
Not at all yet. It's... It's still
so crazy I can't believe it came
together today. In our sport there
is so much emphasis on the Games it.
It comes around four years. Until
ski cross it's a roll of the dice
hard to be consistent. To put it
together on the biggest day is just
unbelievable. Totally unbelievable.
It's brutal conditions out there
that you have to go through. You
battled back from a fair few
injuries. Can you sum up what it
means to get the success like that
Yeah. It especially for me I
had a crash yesterday in the
training and I felt not good. This
morning I wake up and I felt like a
grandpa. I have to warm up and
getting ready. It gets better and
better. Then race. I feel good and I
bring it down. Now I'm
silver-medallists. It's crazy.
That's all from us for now,
but I'll be back at midnight over
on BBC One with live coverage
of the Men's Slalom.
Brit Dave Ryding is in action and
has an outside chance of a medal.
See you then.
COMMENTATOR: Dave Ryding from Great
Britain holding his nerve. Riding
and looking in great shape. He's
second! That's sensational. Dave The
Rock the Ryding has made skiing
history. What a ski from Dave