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Hello and welcome to Day 13
of the Winter Olympics
here in Pyeongchang.
We want to see the big tricks we
know these guys can do.
know these guys can do.
versus team Canada.
Later in the programme
we'll see extended highlights
of what is shaping up to be
an incredible men's
ski halfpipe final.
But first we'll see the gold medal
match of the women's ice hockey.
It's a repeat of the 2014 Olympic
final with the USA taking on Canada
- and that was an classic,
with the Canadians finally winning
3-2 in overtime to make it
four golds in a row.
Hilary Knight played in that game
four years ago for America.
Let's hear from her.
COMMENTATOR: A superstar, Hilary
Knight. I suspect she may be up
there with the players of the
Four years on, what are
the memories of Sochi?
It was a
heartbreaking defeat in the way we
COMMENTATOR: Now we will have
a grand slam finish!
a grand slam finish!
In the third
period, how we let it slip through
our fingers. It is hard because the
Olympics are so much bigger than the
team, it is our country, those
people who helped us get to that
place. The young girls coming up who
want to be like us. In many ways,
the pressure and the weight of the
world on our shoulders being number
one seed but also we feel like the
underdog in this fight, and that is
Can Canada make it five in a row?
Your commentators for this one
are Seth Bennet and Kent Simpson.
Your commentators for this one
are Seth Bennet and Kent Simpson.
Women's hockey two superpowers once
again in an Olympics final, a
rematch of four years ago, and of
eight years ago. Canada walked away
with victories on both occasions. It
has been four
has been four years of hurt for the
Americans. Can they turn the tide of
history here? Good skating from the
Canadians. The whistle-blower below.
Blayre Turnbull with good speed.
Blayre Turnbull coming off the
bench. The puck came around and she
kept going. A nice job from Maddie
Rooney to keep tight to the post.
And then jump on the rebound with
feeds it in. Goes after it. The feed
towards Poulin. Canada is spreading
the puck around well and that was a
chance for Meghan Agosta. Agosta?
denied by Maddie Rooney. Maybe a
little bit too tight.
The high tip
from Daoust. The slap passed right
onto the stick did not quite make it
through. A good job from Lee
Canada just staying
onside. The US trying to clear away.
A huge hit. Penalty coming. Hannah
Brandt comes in and makes her own
body check after the play.
This is... There is no doubt about
it, it is a body check and the women
know you cannot body check in this
game. It lets you know the intensity
is so high.
A quiet tournament for Amanda Kessel
as the shot comes in. Into the
grateful glove of Shannon Szabados.
She hangs onto it.
She hangs onto it.
It was a big
shot. The Canadian defenders make a
good job of ensuring a clear lane
for Szabados. I do not like the way
Canada is managing the puck. They
have had the Americans running
around in their own zone and they
have made bad passes. Putting the
puck into not great situations and
the Americans have been able to
break out the puck from there. The
Canadians have to be smarter. It
looks like they will get their first
chance on the power play.
Brandt, no, it is Nurse. A wry smile
from the coach.
Fairly legitimate. Tough to argue
that. That was behind the play. This
is the third indiscipline penalty
Canada has taken.
Bellamy, as the US built into the
zone. What a time it would be to
score. Under a minute remaining in
the first period. Tipped out in
front. Going hard to the net. The
Americans had a chance. They will be
looking for more. Hilary Knight
schools! -- scores. It is first
blood to the USA in this Olympic
final. So often it has been a silver
medal for the US, but is that a
golden touch from Hilary Knight?
You got the sense this would happen.
Look at the time and space that she
has. She recognises where Hilary
Knight is. Beautiful plate onto the
backhand of Hilary Knight. Shannon
Szabados was wondering whether
Hilary Knight was in the blue paint.
She was not, she was right on top of
That was a good
opportunity. Very nearly stuck away.
Wriggling free again is Amanda
Kessel. Hannah Brandt behind the
net. USA in too much space from a
Canadian perspective and Szabados
was forced to make the save. Now
maybe Canada can win this race.
Johnston getting wrapped up with
Cayla Barnes. USA coming back the
other way. Dani Camoranesi took it
wide. Given away. If the Canadians
can use this well, they have done
It is there! A little tip right in
front and Canada are right back in
this as they level things up. It was
a nothing played, really, as they
went to the net. Just enough of a
stick on it. To put it home. Haley
Irwin. What a play by Turnbull.
a play from Turnbull. Haley Irwin
going to the net. She picks it out
of the air. About two and a half
feet and she reaches out before the
puck gets to Maddie Rooney and
deflects it past her on the short
side. You said something out of
nothing. One think the Americans do
well, they do not give the puck
weight. When it is on a stick, they
know where to put it. Canada,
sometimes they are just happy to get
it off their sticks and that was a
case in point.
Back to Poulin! 2-1. Another Olympic
final goal for Poulin. USA published
here. That combination of Meghan
Agosta and Marie-Philip Poulin sent
Canada back on track for a gold
No sooner are we praising the
Americans for their
Americans for their puck management.
A one-time shot, short side.
A one-time shot, short side. A
terrific shot. I love the pass from
Meghan Agosta, right through the
legs of Amanda Kessel.
Hilary Knight in the right wing
corner, quick shot to the net. She
has it again and lets it go through
traffic. Szabados, quick hand, quick
A nice pushback from the
Americans. The Canadians were in
between line changes. It was not
their full unit out there. This was
an own deflection and what a save.
Deflects it on her own net.
That has to be a penalty. Canada
still have it. Penalty coming.
still have it. Penalty coming. Off
the outside of the net.
the USA jump map. They definitely
did. I wonder why the whistle did
Massively out of position
and another chance off the knees.
Finally the Americans touch, the
whistle blows. First power play for
Great job from Saulnier. Got
moved down to the fourth line. She
has terrific speed. She chips it
past and Sidney Morin steps casually
in front of her. And a hard shot of
the stick of Johnston, turned aside
by Maddie Rooney. Canada goes to the
power play for the first time this
Nice pass to force it up. Daoust
working get to the near side and the
stick goes flying into the air.
Punched away by Dani Camoranesi. The
only thing she can do as it goes
down low will stop Haley Irwin
pleads innocence but I think she is
over the line.
You cannot go into
the blue paint if you are a skater
unless the puck is in there. You can
see her having explained by the
referee. Rebecca Johnston tries to
throw it in. You can see the right
skate standing in the blue paint.
Not allowing Maddie Rooney to come
out. Canada scrambling at the start
of the power play. Did a good job,
separating and trying to move the
They will have to build
from distance here, as they bring it
down. What an opportunity that was
a! Would not sit down for Sarah
Nurse. Nurse latching on and could
not find Jenner? who is out in front
and all alone. Agosta?. Towards
goal. Could they finish it off? It
was wide by Nurse.
Canada get it back to the blue line.
Through traffic and it bounces out.
The Americans go here and they will
with Amanda Kessel.
opportunity for Canada. Terrific
job. Started with the point shot
from Brigette Lacquette. It came
right to Jenner?. Wakefield and
Nurse were there.
The Americans come
to the games as favourites. Yet come
that big moment, the Canadians seem
to find an extra gear.
to find an extra gear. Daoust, she
cannot finish it. What a chance and
it now goes the other way. Hilary
Knight. Great defensive play. Oh, my
word, there is a player injured on
the ice. Brianna Decker took the
full force of the stick. It was
wonderful play at one end. Daoust
with the chance and then it comes
back the other way. Two on one and
Hilary Knight made a lovely pass.
How Brianna Decker was not able to
What a remarkable sequence, back and
forth, huge save from Maddie Rooney
at one end of Daoust, and then two
on one the other way. A beautiful
backhand pass right out of the tape,
and then Poulin went right through
Decker. What a stick from shadows.
In the men's game, that's a hit to
That should be a penalty,
no doubt about it. Sounds like the
crowds seen the replay, Poulin going
full speed, and that is elbowed
Can Canada withstand the
pressure and get an insular and
smart car? Right can they clear the
zone? They can. Two on one. It saved
by Rooney. Is that a gold-medal
saving save? At the other end, what
a chance! Areas Lamoureux! -- here
is Lamoureux! 2-2. Rooney makes a
stop at one end. The US breakaway.
Who else do you want it on the end
of the stick of? Monique
Lamoureux-Morando. Bolts of Sochi
vanished, thoughts of 1998 back in
focus. -- thoughts of Sochi.
saved from Rooney, who gets about
half of this puck, and look at
Lamoureux, head up, so confident,
firing that puck under the blog of
shadows. -- the glove of shadows.
Is there one more
twist? Canada maybe have one last
chance, but not now. They have run
out of time on this one. And, for
the second successive Winter
Olympics, we are going to overtime
in the women's ice hockey final.
Next goal wins it. Good move,
Keller, it goes wide. And now it
goes back the other way, Megan
Agosta, Poulin with her, deflecting
off the stick and up into the
netting. It is golden goal,
The next goal wins. Look
at this chance from Brianne Jenner,
she walks in, just loses her handle
on it at the last second, and look
at this shot off the stick.
don't really have that dynamic
defender who can lead it. It opens
up, and Keller nearly wins it.
a save from Szabados. What a play
from Gigi Marvin to spring the
defender, Keller. She tries to go
hide blocker, and what a save from
absolutely shattered. Penalty.
Keller looks up to the skies. 1.35
to go. And Canada are going to have
a four on three power play.
penalty, it is.
penalty, it is.
On the blue line,
there is Fortino. Fortino kicks it
towards the middle, rebound, often
posed, I think. Canada -- off the
post. Canada nearly when it. USA,
only three skaters on the ice.
Opened up from Rebecca Johnston.
Neutralised. Surely the Canadians
are going to find a way to get
Poulin back out there.
All the way
down to 15 seconds.
The pass too hard for Larocque.
Cleared away, eight seconds. No
icing here. What a drama, and it
will continue. 80 minutes can't
split these two teams in an Olympic
gold medal match, and now it's over
to issue out. -- to a shoot out.
Natalie Spooner, first shooter for
Canada, looking to set the tone
early, get a goal and put the US on
the back burner.
With British links,
from Swindon outside Manchester, her
family. An easy one for Rooney first
She came in with a tonne of
speed but just lost control. Not
sure what she was trying to
accomplish. She lost control under
her stick, and easy for the American
These teams have
practised this is an awful lot. In
the build-up to this. Because they
know how important it could be. Here
is the experienced Gigi Marvin. She
steps in, she scores! The US take
the lead. Marvellous from Marvin.
She lost the handle of it briefly
but was able to, it through. I think
that might have pulled Szabados just
enough. -- but she was able to
hammer it through.
move, Meghan Agosta for the
Canadians. So many goals she is
scored in Olympic play she steps in,
and rifles it home. Canada level.
much confidence on this shooter from
Agosta. Those left, goes right, it
comes in from the angle, upstairs
past the blocker.
outside the post. Just got taken to
wide by the experienced veteran. Now
Hannah Brandt. Her sister played for
the Korean team. And now here she is
in the final, and saved by Szabados.
We are tied at two after two.
Szabados looks behind her, she knows
she got a piece of it, she wasn't
sure how much, and it stays out.
went between the legs, and Szabados
shut the door. Marie-Philip Poulin,
two Olympic game-winning goals to
her name. Can she added a third?
Good save, Rooney. Stay big, stayed
tall. And it raises a smile.
tried to do the same thing that
Agosta did, and Rooney was there the
whole way. Great stop.
Pfalzer, walking in an Szabados.
Kick save on the backhand side,
nothing complicated about that.
Three down main street
for Pfalzer, goes to the backside,
read beautifully by Szabados.
Melodie Daoust may have been
Canada's best player in this
tournament, so composed. Oh, my
word! That was incredible! Shades of
1994. Melodie Daoust with a shoot
out goal to save it.
Are you kidding
me right now? You've got to be! Look
at this, and amazing goal from
Daoust, one-handed, she fakes
one-way, sells it and, with one lone
hand, she gets its past the
Amanda Kessel scores, the
American. Levelling things up. Well,
if Daoust was a thing of beauty,
that was a thing of power.
until Szabados makes the first move,
and then up over the glove. What a
shot from Amanda Kessel.
the Canadians. Does she put pressure
on the Americans? Saved. Rooney
smiles. She knows she's given the
Americans a chance to win gold with
the next shot.
What they stop right
there. -- what a stop right there.
Szabados knows, the coach knows.
Hilary Knight, the face of women's
hockey in the USA. This is the gold
medal shot... Saved! And we go to
sudden death in the shoot out. And
who do the coaches pick now?!
don't even know what to say! Hilary
Knight, robbed by Shannon is shut
off. Put that in and you medal
champions. -- robbed by Shannon
Szabados. Agosta came out. They
might be taking a bit of a break.
The US goes first.
They flip after
five, so it goes the other way. It
is Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson. She
will go, slowly, slowly, all the way
in. Big move. Rate goal. Shape and
bake -- shake and bake. And now they
anxiously wait to see whether this
is good enough for gold.
What a move
from Lamoureux. That is just
perfection right there. It's going
to be Megan Agosta.
scored once. She has to score to
keep Canada in with a chance. Saved!
The USA win gold for the first time
since 1998! Canada's run of 24
straight wins in Olympic hockey
matches is over. They are
devastated! As the
devastated! As the Americans gather
round the Olympic champions for the
second time. The Queens ice hockey.
-- the Queens of ice hockey. The USA
winning it in a shoot out in the
most dramatic of circumstances. 20
year wait for gold ending, back in
Asia where it all started. And they
will celebrate the tears of joy and,
on the other side, the tears of
disappointment. The golden girls of
I took each player
one at a time and, when it came down
to one, shoot out win it, I just
said, like, it's one more! And then
a gold-medal! This group within
means so much to me and I believe we
did it. Thank you, everyone will be
We knew we'd get it done.
We believed. We played this game
1000 times in our minds over the
last 40 years, and we didn't care
how we got it done as long as we got
To the mountain is now, and the
final of the men's ski halfpipe. No
British interest here after all
three GB skiers missed out in
qualifying earlier in the week, but
it's shaping up to be a really
exciting and hotly contested event.
In the commentary box...
Tim Warwood is joined by James Woods
in the commentary box.
Son's out, guns out.
Good to go.
So, the 16-year-old Kiwi, Nico
Porteous, the first run of three,
and these Olympic finals gets
underway. Nice style.
looking really good so far, the
switch double that he's been
practising so hard. He has all the
tricks he needs. Back to back, left
to right spinning. Oh, my goodness!
That's a huge run from Nico
Porteous! And it was clean and bake.
He looks at fees to
He looks at fees to dialect --
fizzed. We spoke before we came on
air, and these guys have to rip the
lid off it and go crazy from run
one. Three runs, but it's the best
Everything else gets
scratched, and I might get in
trouble for saying this, but this
competition is America's to lose.
Yes. Nico Porteous with 82.4,
getting the first score on the
Fantastic. He's stoked with
that. Brilliant run.
Representing Canada, Noah Bowman.
The Canadian camp will be fizzing on
adrenaline, in thanks also to
Sharp's medal. And now the person
with the greatest style in halfpipe.
He is liquid skiing. Exactly. And
truly everyone's favourite. Watch
him. A huge down the pipe 360 to
start things. We can see the double
1260 switch to switch, switch 99 and
switch double ten. That is
everything you could possibly want
to do with switch skiing in a
We can see how
confident Noah Bowman is. I cannot
express enough how difficult these
tricks are. The one thing his run
lacks is the lack of forward
spinning, which seems outrageous
because that is easier to do in the
halfpipe but Noah Bowman choosing
only to do the one nice setup trick
at the seven. Under right side
at the seven. Under right side ten
1080 to finish off.
Noah Bowman in
the lead. David Weiss, the defending
Olympic champion. -- Wise. Who you
would say made a meal of qualifying.
But he sits in the finals and he has
A gigantic switch
double down the
double down the pipe 1080.
David Wise going down. Almost a
setup trick for this man. Wow.
Finding himself in unfamiliar
territory. You would say he is
finding his form now.
This season he
has come out of the gate swinging.
Amazing, competing and skiing from
David Wise. Look how high, it is
And now coming from Canada,
the Sochi silver medallist. The 2017
world champion. One of the older
guys on the circuit. 31. Huge bag of
tricks. Some creative grabs in his
tricks bag when he wants to delve
Keep your eye on this. Mike Riddle.
The classic way he always starts.
And alley-oop, holding it to switch,
very impressive. Double Japan, two
hands on the skis. Back-to-back
doubles. That has been beautiful.
Look at this, it is almost a
challenge to do less. Landing nice
and high on the transition and
keeping up speed, which is what the
judges liked to see. He landed a
little bit squiffy on the right side
Next to drop, Beau-James Wells. Come
on, Beau! Very good friends with our
commentator James Woods. And that is
his dad. He has seen his brother
crash out in practice.
How will he
be feeling? Beau, he has got New
Zealand on his shoulders and his
brother. Unfortunately he could not
compete due to injury. Byron
qualified, he was looking great. But
he went down. It is up to Beau now.
I think that will be the pressure he
is feeling more than having New
Zealand on his back.
at their house in a couple of weeks
would be made easier if he can
podium. Dropping in switch. Huge.
His signature opener, massive switch
down the pipe and reaching back for
a tail grab. Splitting those up in
Double flares. Oh, my
goodness! Comes across the line like
Superman. Switch. My goodness.
metres. This is the double f,
reaching back further tail. We call
that a blunt.
He will be incredibly
happy. 87.4. Alex Ferreira, the X
Games silver medallists.
lad coming out strong since day one.
He has all the tricks and technical
to win this.
Watch him do it. He won
a tour in Colorado. He is used to
the top spot. Starting with a huge
And a double flare 1080,
taking it to switch, the first time
we have seen that in the
competition. And the left side
double corks 12. Switch, double.
That feels good to him. We always
talk about if the riders are happy,
which he clearly is.
You can see his
elation, putting the first run down.
He knows it is massive. This
halfpipe final is America's to lose.
If they land clean, it is which of
those will land on top.
Aaron Blunck. The first place
If he has a receipt for this, now is
the time to redeem it.
What has he got?
Big start, 720.
Nobody else in the pipe doing this,
switch, double, completely blind
nine and going straight into the
switch, right double ten. A huge
aspect in this run. Down the pipe
900 and right side double 12.
Just when you thought it could not
get better, Aaron Blunck drops in!
Putting those two switch doubles
back to back, that is huge. The
judges will lose their mind about
Look how blind it is, not
looking where he is going, relying
purely on his Spidey sense.
Absolutely fantastic, switch down
the pipe, double ten, arguably the
hardest thing, switch down the pipe
and he did that back-to-back.
Oh, goodness me! Well, that score
does not reflect his reaction.
does not reflect his reaction. Run
one looking very good. Alex Ferreira
tops the spot for USA from Noah
Bowman of Canada and Beau-James
Wells so the Canadian and Kiwi
keeping the American podium clean
sweep at bay for now.
Run two of the men's Olympic free
ski halfpipe final starting here
with a huge double Cork at the top.
This is where he came a cropper in
the first run. He lost the heel
piece of the binding. But he is
back. Obviously has a fresh pair of
skis and that is where it was, on
the right side double flare. The
pressure going through the skis, it
blew his heel piece apart on the
binding in the first run and it was
too much for his legs to handle on
the second run. Obviously nerves
from the first run affecting number
The Austrian will be relying on
run number three and Andreas Gohl
trying to replicate something
special in the halfpipe.
run counts so he could bring it out
of the bag in run three.
Nico Porteous, the 16-year-old who
had a stellar run and in your
probably the bestie has had in the
A blinding run from Nico
Porteous in the pipe. A blinding run
from Nico Porteous inbound one and
all he can do is improve and sit
back and be first run. He is so much
more to give.
Starting with something different.
Double Cork 1440. You cannot express
how much extra it will give this
run. Backing it up with the right
side double 12. Oh, my days, Nico
Double alley-oop. Flat
spin nine. It is huge! A 16-year-old
has delivered like Wayne Rooney on
My goodness, the youngster. He had
enough height on it. Three and a
half rotations, mums and dads.
Oh, my goodness! Oh, my
He cannot believe it. Nico
Porteous is well on his way to
upsetting that potential US 1-2-
three with a huge score.
If you want
to know just how exciting this is,
James Woods is standing on his seat
in the commentary booth. As all eyes
go back to the top and the defending
Olympic champion. The thumb up of
respect from the start Marshall and
his turn to turn it on. The man who
does not take no for an answer when
it comes to being taken down in the
halfpipe. Dropping in switch. A huge
start. He has gone. Incredible. I
cannot believe this is happening to
David Wise. The man who sprinkles
pressure on his breakfast cereal,
and his fans are s.
and his fans are s.
Oh my goodness,
he clipped the deck and that is how
the skis are designed, they are
designed to do that and save your
legs in a less savoury crash.
Beau-James Wells, currently in
fourth. Smiles all round.
He will be
feeling good after run one. It will
be difficult to squeeze any more out
of the run with the tricks he had
and the order it was because it was
flawless. Whether he is saying he is
going to mix it up and change it, or
boost it to the stratosphere.
have seen with Nico Porteous, he
squeezed the 14 out so will the
coaches say to him, why not squeeze
more out of it? We will see. Either
way, a fine exponent of skiing, this
Beau-James Wells. My goodness,
that is so exciting. You do not
understand, using the first hit, he
needed another hit, not reaching
back for tail grab. I have every
confidence he will do it in run
Landed flat and killed his
speed. Needs to finish up but he
will rely on run three.
tactical riding. He knows he needs
to put the switch double on the
He has just checked it
with that run.
Beau-James Wells does
not start a halfpipe run out without
grabbing a perfect run unless he is
seriously preoccupied in his mind.
This was not the run. He was using
it as a warm up. I cannot tell you
how excited I am to see him drop
that fire on the first hit in run
So, as it stands, Nico
Porteous, who never mind reading the
script, I doubt he has done his
homework. Leading from Alex Ferreira
and Noah Bowman. Torin
Put fuel on his fire
and you will see him go mad. Not the
first run. He is not sitting where
he wants to be, nowhere near.
2017 this boy had an infection and
almost died, he was in a coma. He
has come out guns blazing since
then. Look how big that is.
right double 12 to start things off.
Everybody seems to take it from him.
Switch, right, left, down the pipe.
Oh, my goodness!
alley-oop. Can he land? No. He could
not land it. We spoke about it on
the run before. He could have got
another hit in but you will not see
a bigger fifth hit the match today.
He has no business doing that there.
He knows at that point he can see
the lift. Tries to bring his legs
in, to disaster.
in, to disaster.
That is really
sore, man.. Do you know what that
Smiley 's? That is I have got this
final in the bag, if I can figure it
Alex Ferreira currently sit in
A very surprising position
for him to be in. The rest of the
Americans didn't land perfect runs.
Alex was expecting to be first, then
Nico Porteous came down and dropped
some incredible fire, so Alex
Ferreira back on the hot seat. He
lands a bit flat.
But he keeps his
speed into the double 1080 switch.
Down the pipe, back-to-back tens. He
needs to run it up a bit, which he
does. Final hit! Even better than
his first run!
Alex Ferreira is
stepping up to the plate.
stepping up to the plate.
Potter of the halfpipe world. Just
Wizarding is worthy -- his way
through this. Absolutely ludicrous!
Is classic helicopter pole.
unknown entity with Nico Porteous
sitting on top. It was gorgeous and
something we've never seen. How are
the judges going to compare Alex
Ferreira to that? It's not the
point, it's the position.
goodness! I think he'll explode if
he wins the gold medal. I think he
will actually explode. And you know
what, the magnitude of this
competition, I think just get Nico
Porteous. So, run two, the results
look like this. Aaron Blunck, the
hot favourite, in six. A crazy run
from Nico Porteous. Alex Ferreira
once again answering straight back
with a 96 flat. Well, this is the
Olympics, and I think we're going to
see everybody stepping it up. They
are all going for gold, and that's
the aim. Third and final run in the
men's halfpipe final here in boat
buying. It's been an incredible
couple of weeks courtesy of the
freestyle disciplines and, I've got
to be honest, I woke up this morning
thinking it was going to fizzle out
a bit, but this is absolutely,
absolutely delivering, yet again.
Another incredible final, where the
bar is being raised and no
disrespect whatsoever against
Andreas Gohl, but he has a lot to
He has to race this perfectly,
but he isn't alone right now. A lot
of the big men in the same position.
A bit squiffy on his landing. Here
is where it's gone down, run one and
two. He is further down this pipe
that he's been yet in this final.
Left 900 tail, right into the middle
of the halfpipe. Back-to-back left
and right, 900. What a commendable
way to finish out a final race.
that these guys want to do, all you
wanted to do, what's to come and put
your run down, and he's done that.
It's now out of his hands.
Absolutely. He's put it down under
more pressure than you could
possibly put on one person, and he's
done it in impeccable style.
position for Andreas Gohl. Very
happy with that, smiles all round,
and he's come and delivered on the
biggest stage of all, the men's
Nico Porteous, the
beginning of this final, so happy
and grateful to be in. He's got the
big tricks but he doesn't have the
experience and name of these big
guys. In his second run, you put
down a 94 point something and, all
of a sudden, when Ferreira took the
lead off him, the sincerity of this
competition really hit him. Nico
Porteous is accepting that second
run is an absolute blinder and, you
know what, good for him.
going to improve, he feels, so he is
surfing this one out, enjoying
himself. And he says, you know what,
I will not better that.
I will not better that.
move from Nico, not taking his third
run or three, but that second run...
Now David Wise, the defending
Olympic champion, the most winning
of male halfpipe skiers.
I wonder if
nerves were a thing between first
and second runs.
and second runs.
Drop it in.
pressure on David Wise. More than
you can think imagine. Down the
pipe, not as clean, a bit of a
riddle, but completed it nicely.
Left side, double cork, 1260.
Perfect. Switch, left, down the
pipe, ten, a right side 12 to finish
this off. Boom!
Oh, that it!
Perfect! The only thing I can pick
out of this run is that first hit,
the switch right double 1080. Did he
wriggle out of it and not hold the
grab as long as he could? Was it a
stress to land it?
Under the most
amount of pressure... 97.2! The
defending Olympic champion Paul is a
proverbial rabbit out of the hat.
What can this boy do? Beau-James
He's done everything he is
plenty to do thus far in this
competition. In this year in the
lead up, Beau has been eyeing up the
Olympics like a hawk.
Olympics like a hawk. He's got a
switch double in his Arsenal. He's
started every run with a big switch
down at 720, and then he's gone on
to put down flawless runs. Whether
he's going to use that switch double
right now or trying to boost that
run that he knows better than anyone
to try and up this score, we are
about to find out. Dropping in,
switch, really fast. Beau-James
Wells from New Zealand. Switch,
double, down the pipe. He laces it.
This is the run for Beau. Right side
double 12. All he has to do is to
fit straight back into his routine.
Double flare, right side double
flare, linking back-to-back. Left,
double 12, Beau landed it clean.
Well done, that man. Talk about
stepping up when it counts, man!
Well, you said it. You knew he had
that switch double in his -- in his
What a nice rotation. That
is the trip we have seen punishing
Kevin Roland three times. David Wise
on his first two runs put
hasn't! Its fourth place for him.
So, Alex Ferreira. I mean, I can't
even begin to describe how he's
feeling at the moment.
He knows he's
second, maybe third, if Aaron Blunck
can hit him, but he is on that
podium. He's definitely going to
want to punch for the top spot.
got it tumbled first after his first
run, first after his second run can
he be versed after this? If ever
there was a time to rip the lead of
it, this is it. But come on, Alex
That was huge. This is the
biggest that we might have seen all
day. Switching perfectly.
running on pure adrenaline. That's
He is going so big and the
TV doesn't do it justice.
goodness! Alex Ferreira has not
knocked it out of the park, he's
strapped it to a space rocket and
sent it into outer space! What was
And somehow he landed
seen anything like it!
I think he's going to explode.
Cover your eyes, people oh, 96.4.
You can see the message from the
judges. They said, look, you went so
big, you bested that earlier run, we
are going to give you a higher
score, but it just can't stand up to
David Wise's technicality. But wow
what so the final skier looking to
make it an American one, two, three,
a podium lock-out. He wants a medal.
Of course he wants the gold medal.
But has Aaron Blunck, the first
place qualifier, but enough left in
Classic Aaron Blunck
start. Right side 720, the only
player doing that. Completely blind
into the switch. Double 1080 renewed
background into forwards. Switch
double down the pipe, flatscreen
nine. -- flat spin. That right side
double cork tail grab is what he
missed the grab on and that's what
the judges punished in run one. Run
two didn't go to plan.
I don't know
what disabled I'd be very nervous if
I was Nico Porteous. He is currently
sitting on 94.8, which is huge.
massive score. Aaron Blunck will
have to be flawless and the judges
will have to think so but into top
the needs a smoke screen
and some mirrors to help him with
this. The judges will be having a
headache. This score is going to
take for ever to come through, I'm
pretty sure. Aaron Blunck, the
American who qualified in first
place, looking to make it an
American one, two, three, which we
saw in qualifying. If it happens,
they've left it very late. What? Oh,
He doesn't do it!
and look at that! Well, well, well!
That is a men's ski halfpipe final
to remember. I hope you have that
recorded, because it will take some
watching again to try and decide for
the code of that Wimbledon Alex
Ferreira takes second. Huge
Ferreira takes second. Huge shout
out to Nico Porteous, but David
Wise, the Olympic champion, has
pulled the cat out of the bag in his
third and final run. So the official
results are in. David Wise takes the
gold. Shout out to Beau-James Wells,
with the best run he's ever produced
Double Olympic champion
must feel pretty good.
in disbelief. I was when I won lost
time and I am today.
To do it in
time and I am today.
To do it in
front of the family must be special.
It's so cool to be with my family. I
feel like the front man for an
amazing team, from coaches to
doctors, strength trainers,
everybody, and my team really starts
with those four people, my wife and
kids, so to have them supporting me
here is amazing. I'm so excited.
Win, lose or fall, I had my people
with me. It was so cool.
with me. It was so cool.
Two PB runs
back-to-back is a dream come true,
especially at the Olympics. It
couldn't get better.
That's all from us for now,
but I'll be back at 12:30am over
on BBC One with live coverage
of the Women's Free Skate,
and we'll have extended highlights
of that on BBC Four tomorrow night.
See you then.