Highlights of day one of the 2018 Winter Olympics. The first two medals of the games were awarded in women's cross-country skiing and men's short track speed skating.
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Previously at the Winter Olympics.
Welcome to Today at The Games and
it's the day after the night before.
The opening ceremony
was a huge hit but now
is where the action really starts.
Hundreds of millions of viewers
around the world and the athletes
loved it. Now they must focus on the
serious business of winning medals.
Here's what's coming up:
In from the cold - Elise Christie
begins her Olympic campaign.
Style icons Jamie Nicholls
and Billy Morgan try to qualify
for the slopestyle final.
There's nothing normal
about the normal hill -
it's a leap of faith
for the ski jumpers.
Going downhill very quickly,
can anyone break the German
domination in the men's luge?
A country divided becomes a country
united in the women's ice hockey.
Korea take on the very
The first gold of the Games
was awarded early this morning
as Sweden's Charlotte Kalla beat
the Iron Lady, Marit Bjoergen
of Norway, in the skiathlon.
This is a reverse of their placings
four years ago in Sochi.
They get awarded the mascot, the
White Tiger, at the venue and then
there is a medal ceremony later. On
the left, a third Olympic gold medal
for Kalle but for Marit Bjoergen,
record-breaking 11th medal as she
moved to the top of the list for
FEMA Winter Olympians. She has more
opportunities to come.
With me in the studio,
two short track speed skating
experts and a skeleton champion.
Sarah Lindsay, who competed in short
track at three Olympics.
Jon Eley who also represented GB
at three Olympics and Amy Williams
who won gold in Vancouver
in the bone-shaking skeleton.
Lots to discuss and we start
with Elise Christie,
touted as GB's best chance
for a gold medal and potentially
the first Briton to win more
than one medal at the same Winter
As we know in short track,
you can't take anything for granted
but Elise has learnt a whole lot
from her heartbreak four
years ago in Sochi.
Turmoil for Christy!
disqualified in Sochi hurt.
I thought about never
staking again. It took me two years
to get over that. It made me tougher
than I ever thought I could be.
Christie, aiming to become the first
British woman to win a short track
world title. Christie leading the
charge. It is going to be tight.
She's done it! She is the world
champion! Elise Christie. Here comes
Christie on the inside. It is
Proving something to
the world, one gold, two golds,
three golds. When something breaks
your heart, it takes awhile to love
it again I'm smiling now. I'm ready
for the spotlight.
She is now 27 and this is what she
has already achieved, gold in the
1000 metres and a 1500 metres and
the prestigious overall title at the
World Championships last year. In
the European Championships in 2016,
gold in the 500, 1000, 1500 and the
overall. She's also the world record
holder at 500.
What a story it will be if Elise can
get something from these Games.
It is so exciting.
Her first chance of a medal
is in the 500m, but she has
to qualify through the heats first.
David McDaid picks up the story.
He's got a precious ticket
to the Gangneung Ice Arena.
It is fair to say Elise Christie's
last experience of the Winter
Olympics did not exactly go to plan.
I think we all know what happened.
They've gone down! They've all gone
Since then, though, she's gone
from strength to strength and she
comes here to a country that loves
its short track, as the overall
world champion. So good this time be
a different story? -- could this
For the Korean team, gold medal and
your country, British, silver medal.
We've got four athletes involved a
night for Great Britain but the one
that most people will be focusing on
is Elise Christie. Sochi, everyone
knows, well-documented, did not go
so well. How does she feel ahead of
her return to the Olympic ice?
in really good spirits, actually. I
think we are ready now for getting
racing. There's always going to be
elements of excitement, anxiety.
This is such a big platform for
competing in. But I would say that
talking to her this morning at
breakfast and lunch, she's ready she
wants to come out and the redemption
everyone has been talking about.
terms of Great Britain, a big night
for Elise Christie.
It certainly is,
I think it's going to be a game
changing night for Elise Christie.
The one thing she really needs to be
concerned about the night is staying
relaxed, that is the key thing.
is the home of short track. What
will it be like in there tonight?
Ballistic, Nicky will be at the
barriers, trying to instructor and
hopefully she will be at the start.
She won't be able to hear a word he
is saying. It's going to be
absolutely electric inside the
It's been exactly 1450
days that Elise Christie has had to
wait it out last Olympic experience
but very shortly, she will be back
out on the Olympic ice and I tell
you what, the atmosphere is
COMMENTATOR: The triple world
champion from 2017, Elise Christie
from Great Britain. Four and a half
laps of the track. Important for
Elise Christie to make a clean start
to her campaign and she is underway.
Christie goes to the fight and that
is where she will intend to stay, to
stay out of any trouble. Elise
Christie, leading. The Korean is the
real threat in this competition,
Shin, that at the moment. Christie
out of the gate Greg Leigh. Staying
out of trouble. Qu Chunyu right
behind her. Shim Sukhee of Korea
will have to try to challenge. They
are going to take the Bell and
Christie is still leading. To join
you in second place and it is going
to be a real battle with Shim career
trying to get around the outside.
Elise Christie is they be true to
That was a start
and a half, finishing first in the
heat and earned Olympic record.
Crazy, I did not even feel like I
was going max, I went hard of the
first lap and a half because I've
practised my start a lot as I said
before and it went really well and
then I was trying to maintain a good
speed after that. If I've got more
in the bag, that is a good thing.
know what happened in Sochi at the
last games but it's been a long way
to get out there again. How did you
I was so nervous! I
was like, "Maybe I won't do it
because I'm so nervous". But when I
got to the line I was just excited.
I'm glad I got to race in front of
That was certainly
an Olympic return worth waiting for,
first in her heat, really fast time
and hopefully that is all the nerves
banished. Now just the small matter
of three more races on Tuesday but
fingers crossed, the first Olympic
Those three races on Tuesday start
at about 10am, she will have the
quarterfinals in and hopefully it
all goes to plan for the semifinals
and the final, BBC One, to follow
Elise Christie through on Tuesday
morning. Sarah, you never really
well. You have been texting already
after the race, before the race.
well. You have been texting already
after the race, before the race.
What was your response to the
performance, how did she look?
Incredible, got off the start before
everyone else, she said she was
nervous but I think it helped
because of the adrenaline, she
blasted away from
because of the adrenaline, she
blasted away from everybody so it
did not hurt.
John, her technique at
the start, wages are effective?
reaction to the gun, it sounds like
she's been doing a lot of work in
the last few days in training and
like Sarah said, she looked sharp
and ready to go and get herself in
front and very smooth after that.
Sarah, talk me through the line she
takes, very wide in the early laps
into the bend.
She's trying to take
the fastest line in the early laps
because her speed is so quick and
nobody is catching her until later.
In the last lap, she is starting to
shut the track down a bit more but
to start with, she is skating her
line as quick as she can.
up second fastest of the qualifiers.
How important is that and what does
it mean for the quarterfinals on
Tuesday, to be right up at the top
of the time leaderboard?
It puts a
performance marker down and going
into the next round, she will have
lain one which is the favourite to
Lane so she can get another good
start and hopefully get out in front
Amy, it must have felt such a
long wait, for years to get your
Is it worse in the first rung of a
skeleton, the first short track
event, just the first event?
need to get yourself out there, even
if it is just a training run, for
us, get one run under your belt, I'm
fine, now I can relax and let the
butterflies settle to the bottom of
it and then it is like your
concentration is heightened and you
could really focus on what your job
is and what you are doing.
already on this list it is a very
short list of individual gold
medallists from Great Britain at the
Winter Olympics. This is the list
Elise Christie wants to join.
Jeanette Altwegg in 1952, John Curry
and Robin Cousins, Amy Williams in
2010 and Lizzy Yarnold in 2014, the
only British athletes who have as
individuals won a gold medal and the
other thing Elise Christie could do,
Sarah, and these are things I know
you don't think about before but we
love talking about them, she could
become the first British Winter
Olympian to win multiple their
medals at one games.
, she had three chances and I think
she's stronger in the 1000 and the
1500. I think if she gets the first
one done and get the monkey off the
back and then she will fly through
This is the kind of frame
of mind that she is in. She posted
this on Instagram. I think it looks
like a giant would be Kocian!
think it is.
Where on earth has she
Everyone is stressed and
if she's nervous but obviously not.
People say it is boring in the
village but obviously not!
she find it?
Did you texted to tell
her to go to bed?
I reposted it
laughing at her read it and she
wrote back saying she loved me! It
was quite late for her so I can't
member what time it was for us but
it was about 11pm, nearly 11:30pm so
I told her to go to bed.
She will be
firmly asleep right now because it
is for 15 AM in Korea. There was a
final in the short track speed
skating and the lights of the home
crowd were high with two athletes
going for gold in the 1500.
Wilf O'Reilly and Simon Brotherton.
Wilf O'Reilly and Simon Brotherton.
COMMENTATOR: Semen Elistratov was
impressive in the semifinal and now
hitting the front is Lindsey O John
and Hwang Daeheon going around the
outside, trying to get to the front,
Hwang leading this Olympic final
with half a dozen laps to go.
Koreans though it is such a long
way, nine skaters in this final and
moving around the outside with
either to go.
What a race this is
going to be, slowly winding it up
faster and faster and they managed
is they are bright. Sjinkie Knegt is
being followed down the back
straight by Lim Hyojun and Hwang
Darheon. Semen Elistratov back in
fifth. The bad folk and Ed loitering
at the back. Bregerie is a dinky can
I get at the front, the world record
holder. A desperate struggle, one of
the Koreans has gone out and the bad
Cabinet! Lim Hyojun still leading
from the dinky can get in second
place. Semen Elistratov is third as
they have one lap to go and Korea
leading the way, up towards the
line, Lim Hyojun, Lim Hyojun coming
up towards the finish, Lim Hyojun
takes it! The dinky ends with the
silver medal and Semen Elistratov,
the Olympic Athlete from Russia,
take the bronze, and the hosts have
a gold, they have struck gold in the
Ice Arena. They have lifted the
roof. What certainly is a win for
Lim Hyojun of South Korea. That
confirms that Lim Hyojun in an
Olympic record time is the winner.
Knegt has a silver to add to the
Bronzino in Sochi.
CLARE BALDING: he tactically...
moved up the pack, moved into first
just at the right time and Knegt had
nothing on him. On the last two
laps, the crowd wanted to push into
the finish line.
It makes a real
difference and nine skaters in the
body which meant they would never
all get round a 1-piece snow are
done, it is fine. -- in one piece.
Alain Baxter won gold in salt Lake
City so technically was the first
British skier to win a medal on
snow. But was disqualified for being
tested positive for a banned
substance, so Jenny Jones. To follow
in her footsteps was Jamie Nicholls.
Young Jamie Nicholls from Halifax
one of the best rail riders in the
How much did you enjoy Sochi?
I loved it, it was such a great
place to go to and it was such great
place because it was well organised.
Because I did well it makes
everything so much better. I the
best run I have ever done and the
trip was really fun and I enjoyed
You are a threat in any contest,
do you think the setup in South
Korea is going to suit you?
thinking, this looks good, so many
different options and rails. Up
rails, drop-down rails and I love
doing transfers, it is my favourite
thing. Transfer 450 in two down
rails on the other side. Hopefully
they will put something good down.
How do you view your chances in
I hope I do as well as
I did in Sochi, if not better. I
would love to get on the podium,
that would be the icing on the cake
after four years of training.
would be success for you?
be the performance. If I go and do
the best run and I can do, even if
it wasn't a medal, fifth, sixth, top
ten would be amazing but if I have
done the best I can do on but day,
it will be amazing.
Before Jamie gets to the final,
he has to qualify.
Also looking to make
the top 12 is ex-gymnast,
Southampton's Billy Morgan.
Here's Ed Leigh.
The slopestyle in Pyeongchang
will be one of the most spectacular
competitions at these Games.
The course is beautiful.
Snow sculpted like marble into huge
features that will be
a test of technique,
creativity and mettle.
And the riders will be up
to the challenge, starting
with the men's qualification today.
The big names?
The likes of Marcus Kleveland,
Mark McMorris and Red Gerrard
should make it through to the final
with room to spare.
The rest, including
Brits Jamie Nicholls,
Billy Morgan and Rowan Coultas,
will have to land near-perfect
runs to progress.
After a long delay to the start of
the competition, the American Chris
Corning dropped first in Heat one.
The difficult task facing the judges
was immediately clear. A clean run
followed by a triple back 14 didn't
score very highly.
followed by a triple back 14 didn't
score very highly. Dropping next was
the favourite for gold, Norway's
Here we go. Take a
breath. This should be the marker. A
lot of speed into the kink rail.
270. Different line. I feel that
might have been a little mistake,
but don't worry, he can roll with
the punches. Switch into the first
of these jumps. Huge switchback.
did he stop that rotation?
the Marcus we know. Bottom jump.
the Marcus we know. Bottom jump. He
had so much time to spare. He
finished the four spins and he was
probably still three or four feet in
Carlos Garcia night
impressive kicker line saw him go
second with 80 and Cleveland's
team-mate followed him into the
final claiming fourth spot with a
1440 on the third kicker. Next drop
in run one was Jamie Nicholls.
Brit of three to drop in. First
rider to hit the high rail line.
Look how easy he made that look?
Very nice. Switch 180 on, 360 off.
Best rail section we have seen so
far. His adrenaline will be peaking
at the moment.
at the moment. Backside 1260. It is
looking good for Jamie Nicholls.
Very nice. Very smart. Score on the
board, that is what we have said.
Those rails up top, they were the
best we have seen so far.
71.56, a lot
lower than I thought we were going
The Finnish rider went ahead
of Jamie despite a sketchy rail
section. It left the Brit on the
bubble in the final qualification
place going into run two.
put this down here. Massive.
It was huge. He saw everyone else
coming up short on that and he sent
it. Top six will qualify for the
Painfully close for Jamie Nicholls
and Chris Corning.
Do you feel your
first score should have gone higher
with what you did?
Yes, I was
gutted. I felt I was clean through
the rails, I was doing something
different from everyone else and on
the third section. I don't
understand. But that is how it goes
sometimes in competitions.
wasn't my day. As the dust settles,
it is time to pull the action apart.
Tim, you can be pleased with
yourself on your predictions?
you very much, I cheated a bit
because I picked the favourites. The
surprise package from me was Carlos
Garcia night, the young Kiwi, he
He wrote so well. A lot
of people felt, Jenny, Jamie
Nicholls' first run was marked Rey
Yes, he is less technical
than others and he had a hand drag
and I guess that is what the judges
are looking for, in needs to be
They flagged up there might
be inconsistencies when we saw
another jumper land 90 degrees short
and kick up a load of snow and we
thought it was the end of the run
and suddenly he is into fourth place
That is a question for
You have wriggled out of
that one and the debatable rage, but
it is decided, we have the first six
finalists for the men's slope style.
In he two, Tyler Nicholson from
Canada got things under way and got
off to the worst possible start. His
team-mate landed a beautiful run to
land with a beautiful 83.4. And
Canada's mac Spero went into second
with an excellent run and the
backside tripled to finish.
backside tripled to finish. This
second run in style as he scored an
82 to go for. At the top of the
field it was a battle to take top
spot and bragging rights in the
Mark McMorrisa, the
most dominant rider of the last
eight years in slope style. My
was like laying your head down on a
pillow. Look how easy these landings
are. The ground came up to meet him,
he didn't have to do a thing, just
wait if the Earth to rise to his
He is coming here for the gold
medal, make no mistake. Higher score
we have seen so far and no surprises
for anyone. The Canadian is
currently in second place.
weird line. He is going to go big
here, isn't he? Front-end.
big here. Backside tripled. Playing
it safe. When you are talking about
Max parrots, then it is playing it
safe. We are all wrong, 87.3. It was
super clean and you said that.
two Brits in he two both failed to
put down a clean run, completing a
disappointing day that the team.
First run I thought I was coming
quite fast so I tried to scrub on
the take-off but scrub too much.
Sucking, I couldn't get the full
So close to getting the
kind of trip. I think I would rather
have fallen over and it being
completely shot. So close to hanging
it on, by the hairs on my chin,
didn't make it to the second jump.
They were always going to be up
against it in the heat stacked with
talent but with all the big hitters
making it too, things have been set
of beautifully tough for tomorrow's
final. If you want to tune into the
final, it is 1am tomorrow morning on
BBC One, so in under five hours, Max
Parrot the leading qualify.
Such a shame for Jamie.
Such a shame for Jamie.
I am not a
snowboarder, whether or not in
Jamie's head he is annoyed, hang on
a minute he didn't score me justly
and I needed more, then went a bit
too hard and pushed it too much.
have seen it in short track speed
skating, there is that line, you
have got to push it if you want to
win something. The risk is...
about performing. Those guys have
pushed it as hard as they can. On
the biggest stage, they want to
Do you enjoy watching it?
It is amazing, because it is judged,
it is so different. We are used to
racing and you get over the line and
do the fastest time and you win. It
is more simple, not in someone
else's hands as much.
But it is the
sport getting everyone under the age
of 20 talking. It is just brilliant.
Ski jumping and Kamil
Stoch of Poland
is trying to defend his title.
Sliding his way into
the history books, can Felix
un-Loch another gold?
United we stand - the hockey
women of Korea combine.
Can you believe 30 years ago
on Valentine's day Eddie the Eagle
soared to finish in dead last place?
Three decades on, ski jumping
still holds an immense fascination,
and that's where we're going next.
Fans of South Korean
football will recognise
the Alpensia Ski Jumping centre
as the home of Gangwon FC -
the landing area doubles up
as a three sided football stadium.
Jumpers for goal posts then.
Hoping to score is current
Olympic champion Kamil Stoch.
The Pole started ski jumping
at the age of nine and is trying
to become only the second ski jumper
to clinch the double double.
Stoch's trading blows
with a pair of jumping Germans,
Richard Freitag and
The two young Germans
will have a lot to learn
from ageless wonder and crowd
favourite Noriaki Kasai,
who carried the flag for Japan
at yesterday's Opening Ceremony.
The Sochi silver medalist is making
a record eighth Olympic appearance.
Olli Williams was watching
a windy competition unfold.
COMMENTATOR: Noriaki Kasai, eight
Olympic Games, they love him. He is
so popular in the sport.
Oh, into the air! Lovely jump,
Noriaki Kasai. This is a man who was
winning medals at the last Olympic
Games so don't count him out. 130.9
points, he goes third for now.
Stefan Hula from Poland. Beautiful,
beautiful jump, cutting through the
green laser that shows you the
distance to beat. Just about stuck
the Telemark Landing. And the judges
love it! 19s across out of 20, 100
31.8 and Stefan Hula goes into the
provisional lead. Robert Johansson
and his moustache escort themselves
out of the starting gate. Let's see
how he gets on.
He looked a bit unsettled in the air
and his coach was reasonably content
with it, I'm not sure he held the
form well enough that the judges.
18s only from the judges. His score
is respectable but he knows he is
now 12 points off the lead and that
is a big difference.
He won the last pre-Olympic
competition, but the issue for this
man is consistency, if he can put
together two Gudjohnsen in a row, he
will be a contender. He goes into
second. Andreas Wellinger, top in
qualifying, surprised himself as
much as anyone else, 22 years old.
His coach looks down, tames his
eyebrows, gives it the green flag.
Good distance, just not quite the
longest jump we have seen. It is
going to leave Andreas Wellinger
just about in contention. 124.9.
Which brings us to another German,
Richard Freitag. This man is their
favourite. They think he has the
chance to win. Good distance. That
looks like it might put him in
contention. Let's see how the judges
reacted. They loved it! 19s, as soon
as you see 19s on the board, you
know someone will be happy.
Defending champion Kamil Stoch won
the normal hill and the large hill
in 2014. Qualified in second place,
immediately dismissed the jump he
did and said it was not very good.
What has he got tonight?
What has he got tonight? He's got a
big jump, that is what he has got.
The Polish bands love it. He is
bidding to be the first man to
successfully defend a normal hill
title. -- the Polish fans love it.
Into second place. Well, Kamil Stoch
is up there, level with Johann Andre
Forfang of Norway but they both
trail Stefan Hula of Poland by more
than five points. This is the final
round. Robert Johansson, green
light. Flag down.
light. Flag down. Johannson makes
its way down.
What a job! What a job! And the
aerodynamics on the moustache have
paid off because that is a fantastic
jump from Robert Johansson of
Norway. 249.7, into first place.
Andreas Wellinger, won qualifying.
Only 124.9 from his first round and
this looks like it could be good. It
is long! It looks like it might be
golden! 113.5, that is exactly the
same distance as Robert Johansson
and Andreas Wellinger, I think is
going to go first. Yes, he goes into
first place, Andreas Wellinger and
he's only got four more to watch.
The first of which is his team-mate
Richard Freitag. He is the German
that the Germans thought was going
to win. Suddenly, he has got Andreas
Wellinger to deal with and that is
not going to push Andreas Wellinger
off the top. Richard Freitag misses
out on a medal and goes into sixth.
Johann Andre Forfang, 22 and all the
pressure in the world. He has the
Launches forward, looking good, as
it got the legs? It is good, it is
good, but is it good enough? It
might have fallen short. I don't
know that is going to be enough.
Let's see what the judges think. It
is second place, Johann Andre
Forfang, 250.9. Kamil Stoch, 125.9
from the first round, he needs an
even bigger jump now.
I don't think he got it. I think
Andreas Wellinger might hold onto
this. There is the result. There
won't even be a medal for the
defending Olympic champion. Stefan
Hula for Poland, jumping now for
gold. Into the air, how long is it?
Does it have the legs? It is close!
I don't think that is going to be
enough. It is nowhere near enough
will stop Stefan Hula is this. Near
enough. Stefan Hula is in fifth
place. And your Olympic champion is
Germany's Andreas Wellinger, and the
silver medal to Johann Andre Forfang
of Norway, bronze to another
Norwegian, Robert Johansson. Strong
wind created havoc in that
competition so it did not finish
until about 12:30am.
After its debut four years ago
in Sochi, the women's competition
starts on Monday 12:50pm BBC1.
It is amazing and Andreas Wellinger,
22, a first individual ski jumping
title for Germany in 24 years. If
you want is see extended highlights
of the jumping and be man they visit
moustaches, you can an Olympics
extra on BBC Four straight after
this. Despite huge success in the
skeleton, Great Britain is not
really embraced its sister sport of
luge, where Germany again tend to
Team GB have two men
who rattle down feet first -
AJ Rosen is competing in his thirrd
Olympics but it's Rupert
AJ Rosen is competing in his third
Olympics but it's Rupert
My biggest challenge is just to
relax, do my best.
The feeling never
It is me that has to go
down the sled. I'm not racing
against somebody else.
The ice is
very hard so it makes it a bit more
Yeah, let's see what happens.
you describe the state of British
luge at the moment?
We are actually
in a very good way at the moment. We
have a good team, and we have people
coming up on the pipes so we have a
good future coming ahead of us.
know you had a practice run this
morning that did not perhaps go
according to plan. Talk us through
It happened just
behind me, an corner 12, I looped a
bit, I had pressure at the end and
there is a weird edge in there and
it made me flip towards the curve
but I'm OK. It happens.
kilometres per hour?
A bit more but
I am fine.
Typical luge, shrug
shoulders, that's fine, I fell off
the sled this morning but not a
Yes, the ice is nice and
smooth, they did a great job so no
ice burns or anything, just swept
through. I could ring in your
previous two Winter Games, you have
finished 16th, what is your
expectation for here in Pyeongchang?
I would like to be better than 16th,
maybe third time is lucky. Obviously
I want to be better.
How proud you
to be back in the Team GB tit?
absolutely amazing, considering
eight years ago was my last time, it
is such an honour every time. It's
This is where it will all happen,
the Alpensia Sliding Centre lit up
at night, this is the only second
artificial track built in Asia, the
other one was in Nagamoto, Japan,
for the 1998 Winter Olympics.
In the luge, the smallest
error can be costly.
It is the only sliding sport timed
to 1000th of a second.
Sliders go four times,
let's see how they did in run 1.
Double Olympic champion Felix Loch
was the hot favourite and he led
after his first run before
Austrian David Gleirscher went
a fraction of a second
quicker than the German.
Adam Rosen was eight tenths slower
than Gleirscher and was 25th
after his first run.
That was eight places
above Rupert Staudinger who
got off to the worst possible start.
His hopes dashed within
the first ten metres.
So medal prospects for
the Brits all but gone
after the first of four runs.
Gleirscher, the surprise leader
but Loch, gold medallist
in Vancouver and Sochi,
was handily placed to strike.
Run two began in spectacular
fashion, Jozef Ninis
doing well to hang on.
Next up was Gleirscher.
Commentary comes from
John Hunt and John Jackson.
COMMENTATOR: This is the leader,
David Gleirscher. We were talking
about his excellent training
routines, his first run beyond his
wildest dreams. He leads into round
two. Can he backed that up with
another flying run?
47.652, his time delayed after run
one, and here he goes, we will hear
the word consistency a lot this week
John, right through the disciplines.
David Gleirscher has got to prove he
can do it again.
Exactly and we have
seen there, and this is what we have
been mentioning about, how they
consistency of the second exit and
the ninth exit is key, a bit early
on to that corner, onto six as he
comes into seven. Getting a good
light into eight, as the corner
starts to drop down now, this is the
key point. That is a great line into
12. He is going to start pulling
away from the guy in front of him
who had a big mistake but this is
not about the guy who has just gone
down, this is about staying in front
of Felix Loch and the other guys
close to him as he comes to the
Around they come to the
line, David Gleirscher, seeming
smooth, 47.835, slower.
Here is the
great man, Felix Loch.
his third straight gold medal. Let's
see, if ever you can put your money
on somebody to deliver in the white
heat of competition, it is this
German, who is still only 28. 20,
when he won his first gold medal.
Yes and a great start. There's a
hundreds in it, less than a blink of
a night. He did that in the first
run and now you can see the
right-hand corner, the light has
gone green which means he is in
front. He is just starting to pull
away. That was inch perfect in
there, could not have been any
closer to the wall. He's just
sliding around on the corners on
some of the exits but he is still
pulling away. It is obviously
working for him and the sled set up
that he has. Didn't see the mistake
that just happened from the athlete
prior to him so that is a big margin
that he has put down. Stamping his
authority on this Olympics.
big run, to come from behind and now
at the end of the second run, Felix
Loch put himself nearly 0.2 seconds
ahead of the leader on the first
run, David Gleirscher. That is all
about applying pressure. But it is
Rupert Staudinger next, and in his
first run, he had a disaster right
at the start. A clap of the hands,
classic Rupert, tapping the ice as
if to say," come on, Rupert, you
know you are better than that".
Explosive start and then relax, that
is the idea.
And that is a lot
better start, he has got through
clean. Let's see what Rupert can do
with the lines that we know he can
drive, a bit of a slide of the
corner but this is a lot better
start than what he had and this will
be more of a true reflection, if he
can get through nine, of what he can
actually do. I was speaking earlier
about how may be they chose the
wrong setup but sometimes the
smaller nations, Great Britain, a
small nation in luge, they don't
have lots of equipment, they only
have one set of runners and it
either works in the conditions or
not. He's getting a bit behind the
sled. None of these guys have got
massive amounts of funding like some
of the bigger Winter sports. A lot
of it is self funding. It makes it
difficult to compete against the top
of the world when you are self
0.4 seconds quicker than
run one but he had an awful start.
Better from Rupert Staudinger. Adam
Rosen, 25th after the first run
which was a shade disappointing
although to recap quickly, John, it
didn't look untidy by any means.
it looked good but this comes back
to the point about the equipment. If
you've only got one set of runners,
that's all you can put on, they
might not suit these conditions.
They might only work at certain
points, like I said in the first
run. Runners are really finicky and
they almost like tyres for a Formula
1 car. You put slicks on in the wet
and they are not working and certain
runners like certain conditions.
Because these guys have limited
funding and limited support, they
have not got the ability to buy the
equipment they need and again, this
is a great run from AJ. But there's
not the speed there and all you can
think is it is because of the
agreement and they don't have the
support, so it is not where it needs
to be for these guys that have done
well. You can see why in past
Olympic Games, he has finished 16th
because the run is worthy of that.
We seen worse from that -- from the
guys in front of them but the
equivalent is not there. -- the
It looked like the same kind of run
by Adam Rosen, smooth but not quite.
It is great to have me and rooted
here and we are looking to do our
There is a difference between
nations to the highest up, Olympic
ice. The ice is super hard and that
is the key, to be solid and don't
let yourself skid.
So Felix Loch is on track
for his third straight Olympic
gold in the men's luge.
With two runs to go
David Gleirscher of Austria sits
in second and the in-form
Roman Repilov lies third.
Aj Rosen finished 24th
and Rupert Staudinger finished 33rd
and have two more chances
to improve tomorrow.
Amy, watching the list 's -- Felix
Loch, I was amazed at the gloves
they were to push them off at the
It is all the power and
explosiveness from the upper body,
their shoulders and their arms and
taped around their gloves they have
spikes on their fingers so they are
clawing at the ice to get the
spikes on their fingers so they are
clawing at the ice to get the power
to be as fast off the block as
possible and then lying down, be as
still as possible.
Let's look at the
man who has
still as possible.
Let's look at the
man who has been the best at it,
Felix Loch of Germany.
into the body position and
concentrating into the first corner.
Aerodynamically, you can see he is
as smooth and as flat as possible.
His legs and feet are in front of
him. It is all about staying calm
under pressure. If he makes a tiny
mistake, not quite on the correct
line, he is calm and not panicking
and twitching on the sled.
strong does your neck need to be?
You can get up to five G of
pressure. It is like an elephant sat
on your back, you can have the
breath is taken out of you. We have
a lot of training in the gym with
weights around your neck, but you
cannot replicate what it feels like
to be going round those corners.
They are big corners, but it is a
Tomorrow at 11am you can watch the
final run of the louche.
And now to the women's ice hockey
and the decision to unify the teams
of North and South Korea typifies
the Olympic spirit of
universal respect and joy.
The IOC President Thomas Bach said
it gave him goose bumps to see them
walk out under the same flag
at the Opening Ceremony.
But the united team had a tough
first match against Olympic bronze
medallists from Sochi, Switzerland.
But sometimes the sport
is not the point.
Korea, a nation divided.
recall what the situation was as
This is the
most militarised part of the whole
By deals. But now, and
divided nation marching together
under a unified flag.
citizens have the same history and
we are one people, one Nation.
in ice hockey, the unified will
become truly united.
become truly united. This is the
Guangdong hockey arena. It is a very
big night for Korean sport, isn't
It is, everybody is so excited
about having one team in the
is the peace Olympics. Holding this
flag is really meaningful because it
is a symbol of peace.
A momentous occasion for all
concerned and for the first time
ever, combined Korean team and a
chance for some hockey history. Your
commentators are Seth Bennett and
Shot on goal and the opening of the
tournament comes from Alina Muller.
Benz, brilliant. This is beautiful
from the Swiss, Alina Muller. It is
a hat-trick in the first period.
They are looking to feed Alina
Muller, she has another chance and
scores. Number four. The goalkeeper
could do not think about it. Another
chance and another goal. What a feed
that was, Evelina Raselli onto
Phoebe Stanz. Number six. The shot
comes in. I don't know if it
deflected in front but it was a bomb
from Lara Stalder. Lara Stalder
looking for her second. There it is,
the opening game for the hosts is
over, it ends in defeat. The heavy
one at that.
We have crews from the
US, Canada, the US and Germany,
Austria and Korea. This is so much
more than just one hockey match. Are
you being asked to pay a price for
It is hard, at first
I was upset about our team being
used for political reasons, but once
the team were combined on a got to
know the North Korean players, I
enjoyed coaching them. We get to go
to training camps, we get a lot of
opportunities they don't get. Now
they are soaking everything in.
of talk of how to integrate the two
sections of the team, have you found
it as a challenge?
The team did a
great job about adjusting quickly
and I think we did a great job of
What kind of masses
do you think this team passes to the
whole of Korea?
I heard it out there
chanting, we are one.
It gives the opportunity to project
a bigger message?
It does lend
itself to that opportunity and it is
a nice one. It all starts at the
beginning, the opening ceremony when
everybody marches the same way,
everybody cheers and everybody
starts on uneven playing field.
is not the first time that politics
has been part of an Olympic Games?
We had Jesse Owens at the Munich
Olympics, he stood up for black
rights. And thusly everything that
went on after that, it a strong
Also, a powerful message
about female empowerment that comes
from watching a mixed sports event?
Yes, it is female is now being able
to do the same things, you said
earlier about Ski Jumping. Females
can do Ski Jumping when before they
It was medically danger
is, or something?
Yes, simple things
like that and now there is an even
playing field and it doesn't matter.
The Olympics is one place everyone
is cheering each other on, no matter
The media scrum
afterwards, so a sign of the massive
impact of that decision to have a
unified women's ice hockey team.
This is what else that has been
happening in Pyeongchang.
We saw Germany claim their first
gold as Laura Dahlmeier reigned
supreme with her first ever Olympic
medal at the 7.5km biathlon sprint.
It was a bit more than just
Double Dutch as we witnessed
a Netherlands one-two-three finish
at the speed skating
in the women's 3000m.
And in the newest event introduced
in these Games, it would be
the Canadians who locked their place
into the semis of the mixed doubles
of curling as they triumphed over
Let's have a look at the medal table
after the first full day of action.
Out in front, Germany ahead with the
two gold medals.
I had a question from a young viewer
Alasdair Fraser, he said has an
African nation ever won an Olympic
gold medal in the winter Olympics?
The answer is, not yet.
It's time now for the
random and the rad.
Let's go Off Piste.
Amy got a Selvie with Elise
Christie. Coverage of the louche
inspired this little one
Christie. Coverage of the louche
inspired this little one this
morning. That is not your baby, Amy?
It is not, but I wish I had sent my
Please do. If you want is
some photos in, just use the hash
tag BBC Olympics. Time now, for
Keeping your weight down is very
important for ski jumping,
the downside is that it makes
you very hungry.
Now this is syncronised
clapping, Korean Style!
With all this winter weather,
it's vital you always wear the right
footwear at all times.
I never touched him, ref, honest!
And finally, dear men,
get a moustache.
That is a cracking moustache.
Radzi is here at 11:50pm
with a packed overnight schedule.
1am is the final of the men's
2:30am is the men's downhill.
4:30am is the women's snowboard
featuring Aimee Fuller.
Then Eilidh Barbour brings
you the 30km skiathlon featuring
GB's Andrew Musgrave at 6:15am.
I'm back in the morning
at 9.15am with the final two
runs of the men's luge.
Elise Christie is safely through
Elise Christie is safely through
Fingers crossed the
What will she do?
she just relax, bring herself back
down again. She will calm down and
then start building back up towards
Tuesday, I am sure.
Thank you so
much to Sarah, John and Amy for your
insight. We will see you again.
Tomorrow it's arguably
the blue riband event
of the Winter Olympics -
take the men to the mountain...
They will be hurtling down at speeds
that will make your eyes water. If
they water in that kind of cold, it
freezes. We will see you tomorrow.
Then's Downhill promises to make
Phil Johnson, the all-American boy.
You are watching the greatest ski
racer and he has done it again.
is going to win the gold.
Clare Balding presents highlights of day one of the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The first two medals of the games were awarded in women's cross-country skiing and men's short track speed skating with Marit Bjoergen and Victor An both bidding to win an incredible seventh Olympic gold medal.
Britain's snowboard stars Jamie Nicholls - sixth in Sochi 2014 - and Billy Morgan began their own medal bids in slopestyle qualification.